Over the 3 weeks leading up up to thanksgiving, we are going to be sharing with you some of the many things we are thankful for in our community and also the ways you can help us give back to the community.

Non-profit organizations often fall somewhere between asking for things too often or not asking for enough things. It can be hard to know where to draw the line, especially when it comes from a place of sincerity and desperation to help those who are struggling. We have a lot of needs in our communities, on a variety of different platforms, in different areas. Our communities are comprised of amazing people doing amazing things. It might be one person doing great things or an entire organization making a difference. Giving comes in all different shapes and sizes. It can come in the form of actions, time, talents, and gifts.

Giving is something we do when don’t expect to get anything back. It comes from a place of complete selflessness. When we admit to ourselves that there is more in this world than our own needs and wants. When we put aside our own problems or aspirations and consciously make a choice to do something for someone else. Sometimes we give more than we feel we are capable of, sometimes we give and it hurts, sometimes we give and wonder what more we could have done.

Every single day at Cyrus Centre we experience people’s ability to give. Whether it be the volunteer that gives their time or the stranger that drops off a few bags of groceries. Whether it’s the 10-year-old child that drops off the five dollars from their piggy bank or the corporation that brings a multi figure cheque, we see generosity everywhere. There are people and faces, stories and journeys behind every jug of milk, behind every plate of lasagne, behind every package of toilet paper and every bottle of shampoo. Individuals, businesses, people of our community that made that conscious decision to give.

Not a day goes by that the life of a youth is not affected by these acts of giving. It may be that brand-new pair of pajamas that awaits them on their bed or the warm and welcoming smile of a friendly volunteer. Our community is flooded by incredible people who know how to give. If you’ve ever given to us and wondered, “did that make a difference?”, the answer is yes. We may never have the privilege of seeing the results of our giving on this side of heaven, but know that each act of giving impacts the lives of youth.

Over the course of the week we will be sharing with you a few different ways you can give and from the bottom of our hearts we thank you.

Thank you for giving.