This year with all the tragedy and upheaval this world has seen, what better way to remember the true meaning of Christmas, but to give to those in need.

Two of my favourite groups to support, are the Canadian First Nations, and our Military Veterans.  If you are wondering what is on my gift list for Santa, please help give support to the First Nations Children and our Military Veterans, who have given us so much.
First Nations Canada
 
Over the years, the Native Canadian Centre has provided services of a social, recreational, cultural and spiritual nature. With more that 40,000 people of Native ancestry living and working in the GTA, the Centre continues to be as a focal point for programs and services. They share their facilities with many other non-profit and charitable organizations, and continue to act as a gather in place for other Native agencies.

Working towards a more self-sufficient Native community on Toronto their goals is to not only maintain programs and services, but to provide the necessary growth opportunities as they more forward. To meet the financial demands, they have expanded their fund raising opportunities.

The Native Canadian Centre of Toronto envisions a healthy urban Aboriginal community by living, learning and celebrating the Aboriginal culture. They do this by honoring the Aboriginal knowledge and traditions, integrating the spirit of youth and elders, and fostering the development of healthy families.

Anyone can get involved, please follow this link to find out about all the wonderful opportunities available. http://www.ncct.on.ca/get-involved.php

Military Veterans
 
It's well documented that many soldiers who return from war suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and face difficult challenges in transitioning into a post-combat life.

There are non-profit organizations in Canada that focus on supporting surviving veterans in various ways.

Mental Heath And PTSD

PTSD can disrupt a person's life and ability to cope, often manifesting in symptoms that include flashbacks and nightmares, anger and aggression, depression and detachment. PTSD and mental health are increasingly the focus of support efforts for war vets, with organizations such as the PTSD Association -- whose honourary chair is the Honourable Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire -- working to raise awareness and help those suffering to overcome the disorder. MilitaryMinds.ca was founded by Corporal Chris Dupee, and raises awareness about PTSD and funds to help veterans through sales of its apparel and fundraising events.

How to help: Donate to either the PTSD Association or purchase a hoodie or other products from MilitaryMinds.ca

Family And Community Support

Families who have lost loved ones from military action have to cope with the devastating loss and find ways to rebuild their lives. For some survivors, the trauma they've endured is too much, and the shock of reintegration too intense, and they become homeless. The Canadian Hero Fund provides educational funding to children or a spouse who have lost their parent or partner. The foundation helps provide tuition, residence and textbooks to the recipient.

Leave The Streets Behind is a project of the Royal Canadian Legion's Ontario branch, which aims to help get homeless veterans off the street. Homeless veterans assistance fund has been established, and has helped provide vets with funds for first and last month's rent for housing, furniture and food.

How to help: Donate $11 to the 11for11.ca Canadian Hero Fund campaign, or donate to the Legion's Joe Sweeney Fund.
 


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