December is a time for celebrating the holidays and spending time with loved ones. It is also a time for spreading cheer and love by helping the less fortunate. This year has been difficult for many British Columbians, and we are hoping the list below inspires you to give back.
The Cancer de Mama Clinic coordinates the distribution of donated new or lightly used mastectomy supplies to breast cancer survivors in Mexico. Over 600 women each year travel to Le Penita from as far away as Guadalajara, Tepic and Puerto Vallarta, to be transformed over three days. Volunteers provide silicone breast prosthetics, lymphedema care, prosthetic bras and additional support to post-mastectomy Mexican women.
To donate to Cancer de Mama, visit: https://www.cancerdemamaclinic.com/how-can-you-help/financial-donations/
Look Good Feel Better hosts workshops, which show women how they can look good, feel better and get closer to the person they were before they began fighting cancer. Their workshops cover topics such as Skincare & Cosmetics, Wigs & Hair Alternatives, and Breast Care.
To get involved with Look Good Feel Better, visit: https://lgfb.ca/en/get-involved/ways-give/
The Breast Cancer Society of Canada, (BCSC) is a registered, national non-profit charity dedicated to saving lives through breast cancer research. They raise money to fund patient-focused research for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of breast cancer.
To support the Breast Cancer Society of Canada, visit: https://bcsc.ca/get-involved/
Ostomy Canada Society is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to all people with an ostomy, and their families, helping them live life to the fullest through support, education, collaboration and advocacy. They host Ostomy Camps for children, advocate on behalf of them to the government, and many more things.
To donate to Ostomy Canada, visit: https://www.ostomycanada.ca/donation-page/
Friends of Ostomates Worldwide (Canada) is a non-profit organization operated solely by volunteers. Since 1986, FOW Canada has collected and sent over 50,000 kg of ostomy supplies and literature to more than 52 needy countries.
To donate to Friends of Ostomates, visit: https://www.ostomycanada.ca/donation-page/
In the past month, floods and mudslides have drastically affected our communities. In hopes of helping re-build these communities, the below organizations are looking for help:
The Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund is a brand-new fund established to “support front-line agencies providing essential services to affected families and businesses by the recent flooding in British Columbia.” It is a collaboration between the Abbotsford Community Foundation, Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and the University of the Fraser Valley.
To donate to the Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund visit: https://abbotsfordcf.org/grants/disaster/
The BC SPCA does a lot of great work to support animals in BC, but recently has been boarding for pets of evacuees in Kamloops and providing pet supplies and food for owners and pets who have been displaced by the floods. They are collecting donations to provide supplies to evacuated animals as well as shelter and general care.
To donate visit the BC SPCA Website.
United Way BC is providing funds for housing, food assistance, trauma and mental health support for individuals affected by the floods in British Columbia.
To donate to the United Way BC, visit: https://uwbc.ca/flood/
Many charities out there would appreciate your support more than ever this time of year. Let us get together and help each other in any way we can this holiday season.