[Photo from Starlight Canada's website.]
When I started up my business almost three years ago, I knew at some point I would want to find an organization to support - one that was special to me. I've been looking for quite some time for a charity that would just jump out and "speak to me".
There are SO many wonderful organizations out there so it became tough to choose one, but I finally came across a charity that just felt right for me. That organization is Starlight Children's Foundation. Starlight touches the lives of seriously ill children and their families by providing support and a little break from the pain and fear associated with serious illness while staying in the hospital. As a parent myself, I can't begin to imagine what these families must go through, but I imagine that just seeing their little one smile and forget their problems for an afternoon, is of some comfort.
One of the programs that Starlight offers is Starlight-in-a-Box which provides a fun activity for kids to participate in during their hospital stay. I recently purchased 15 Starlight-in-a-Box kits through their Teddy Bear Hugs Program. Each child will be given a teddy bear that requires some simple sewing skills in order to put him together. Also included in the kits are an activity book and markers. What I also really liked about this particular program was that I could choose the hospital that would receive these kits. That wasn't a hard decision as I wanted to support my local community, so I chose Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington, Ontario.
I'll be honest. When I started looking for a charity to support, part of my motivation was to help promote my business, but it became so much more. What I didn't count on was how it would make me feel in the process. When I picture those kids having a bit of fun and forgetting their troubles for a little while, it makes me feel so good.
The old cliche 'It's better to give than receive' couldn't be more true. I should have done this a long time ago. Will this help my business? Probably not, and quite honestly, that has become irrelevant. I just wish I could see the looks on those kids faces when they create their teddy bears. But then again, maybe its best I don't because I'm sure I'd cry :-).
Dezigner Digz is a professional home staging and interior decorating company located in Burlington, Ontario. The Owner, Charlene Storozuk is a member of the Real Estate Staging Association and currently serves as RESA's Regional Vice-President, Canada. For more information on Dezigner Digz, visit our website at www.dezignerdigz.com