Black History Month in Canada is from February 1 - 28, 2019. From philosophers to our Prime Minister, our citizens honor this effort.
Prime Minister Trudeau on this month's significance
Viola Desmond honored
You may be familiar with names like Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr. Canadians have their own iconic figures in the ongoing (so slow in maturing) growth of equal civil rights. Viola Desmond is one such woman. HalifaxToday.ca notes, "In 1946 Ms. Desmond was arrested and later tried after refusing to sit in a segregated area of a New Glasgow, Nova Scotia movie theatre. It became a catalyst for equal rights in Canada." This month she will be honored with a coin bearing her image -- a solid reminder of the courage she exemplifies.
Our role in ensuring equality
We each play a part in moving our country toward equality, belonging, and respect for all. I am a screamingly white (and straight) girl with the happy luck of being born into a life where I can murmur, "First world problems, am I right??" I do so with honest self-deprecation and more than a dash of awareness of my own privileged life. For my part, the line is clear: Just don't be a jerk, Sandra. Do be kind. Be real. Care deeply and authentically.
I should ask questions about things I don't understand. And ask those questions sensibly. I must offer dignity to all in the manner I wish to receive it. To all, and in the manner I wish to receive it. I must not assume. Anything. Because the truth is, I just don't know. I don't get it. I can't possibly get what it is to be born a person of color, an indigenous person, or an individual struggling with sexual identity. So, the privilege extends: it is on me to grow my understanding. To support governments and policies and consumer choices that ensure equality and inclusion? That's my Canadian-born right and responsibility. And to love as I would be loved? Well, that's just common sense.
Your caring cause
If this is one of those issues that lands close to home for you, visit our charities page to explore the supporting charities that are benefited by our program.
Origami car and truck crafts might be one way to brighten your January. Are you looking for something with a little more stick to it? Duct tape vehicles or crafts might be your thing.
Origami car how-to
Keeping our minds and hands busy through the winter months can help pass those sluggish January and February weeks. Check out SuperColoring for some whimsical and realistic origami blueprints. They have easy to replicate paper crafts to wile away your winter doldrums.
Or, if you're looking for something a little more intricate:
Explore and create! Keep your mind curious and your hands engaged is something creative to help bring Spring on just a little more quickly.
Duct Tape car how not-to
Duct tape crafts and fixes come in all shapes and sizes. 'Looking for a good Google search rabbit hole? This colorful adhesive is your topic of the day! From period-piece wonderment (like the van up top) to car repair fails, we all like to use the stuff to fix, create, and decorate.
Wheels firmly rollin' in the real world
If an origami car and a (creative) duct tape disaster are furthest from your mind, you might have the fixing of your actual vehicle top of mind? Is your vehicle is beyond repair? Call us, or pop us a query via the home page. If you're on the move and need to downsize, we can help. Your donated vehicle can be more than a topic of conversation. It can build a memory, and your gift will aid in changing a life.
Red origami car photo credit: http://www.supercoloring.com/paper-crafts/how-to-make-an-origami-car-instructions
Photo credit, race car: http://papercraftsorigamiforkids.blogspot.com/2014/10/origami-car-instructions.html
Duct tape van photo credit: https://guff.com/15-duct-tape-superstars
Photo credit, duct tape car: https://mashable.com/2014/05/24/duct-tape-diy/#dhs4b0mRnPq6
Tweets and repeats. The occasional Facebook posts.
Donate a Car Canada creatively supports their 800+ receiving charities through brief reminders of the compassionate work of caring organizations. And it's free!
Tweets and our charity repeats
Donate a Car Canada has a designated staff person at the ready to post tweets and Facebook messages about the charity you love. One click and a hashtag. That's all it takes to share a reminder to support and to give.
Does this really make a difference?
Putting some forms of social media to work for our charities is helpful in sustaining awareness. Both the charity's cause, and the option to give via a vehicle donation, are kept front-of-mind. And this is at no cost to the charity!
Dozens of our charities are quick to re-tweet our bits and blurbs. Not least among these are our animal charities.
Tweets aren't just for the birds
These re-tweeting animal charities would appreciate your "follow" on Twitter or Facebook:
Boxer Rescue Ontario
Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society – CPAWS
Edmonton Humane Society
Toronto Cat Rescue
Team Cat Rescue
Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund
Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation
Funds for Furry Friends
Prefer to share and give to the two-legged kind? From kiddos to seniors, here are some organizations that are actively seeking your support:
Pollution Probe Foundation
Friends of Fish Creek Provincial Park
BC Lung Association
Huntington Society of Canada
Special Olympics Saskatchewan
Food for the Poor Canada
Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa
BC Children’s Foundation
War Child Canada
Horizons for Youth
Silvera for Seniors
Boys & Girls Club of Durham
United Way Winnipeg
Operation Eyesight Universal
Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta
OPACC – Ontario Parents Advocating for Children with Cancer
Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Centre BC
March of Dimes Canada
Edmonton Public Library
Re-tweet and doneet?
If these charities align with the causes you care to support, we're here to help. We can manage your car donation quickly and easily. No car to donate right now? Consider giving your charity a "like" or a "share." Help spread the word to others who might be looking for ways they can support!
Tweeting - dad-joke style
Social media picture courtesy of http://www.manuinfosolutions.com/social-media-promotion/