Monday, January 21, 2013

GIVE BACK: When you learn, teach. When you get, give. - Maya Angelou


The holiday season is often thought of as a time to give to others and although the holiday season is now over the "spirit of giving" that is a part of it should not be forgotten.
Reading the latest fashion magazine, browsing through endless fashion blogs and checking the latest styles in the stores are just a few of my favourite pastimes but I find it is important to take some time to give to others too! Every year when I make New Year's resolutions, giving back is normally one of the items on my list. Not only do I think that it is important to help others but I find that the more time I take to give to someone else, the better we both feel. Whether you can donate a lot or a little of your money or time to a given charity or organization, I believe that it is the thought that counts so get ready to spread the love!

After doing a little bit of research, I realized that there are many charities out there in need but these are the few that I aim to help out throughout this year and beyond:

1) The Toronto Public Library Foundation

As an English graduate, I have read many a book and have realized firsthand the importance and benefits of a good 'ole fashioned book! Sometimes there is nothing more relaxing than drinking a cup of tea, curling up on the couch and getting lost in an interesting story. The Toronto Public Library Foundation has made its mission to "provide essential resources for the enhancement of Toronto Public Library and to allocate funds to priority needs not supported by municipal funding". Donations to the foundation help the public library to provide better services such as expanded collections (which means more books to borrow and read!), more up to date technology and improved library programs.

Click here to find out more about how you can help out the Toronto Public Library Foundation.

2) Alzheimer Society of Toronto

What would life be without memories? In the fashion world, an infatuation with nostalgia, vintage clothing, accessories and inspiration has become commonplace, but what would our clothing look like if we didn't use the fashions of yesteryear as a creative way to stimulate our everyday wardrobe choices? And where would we be if people forgot about all the things that made those fashions and exciting stories associated with them what they mean to us today? For those of you who do not know, Alzheimer's disease is a degenerative disease that destroys brain cells and results in memory loss, difficulty to perform everyday tasks and ultimately death. Although there is currently no cure for the disease, research is constantly performed to help find one as well as improved treatments and a better understanding of the disease.

If you would like to donate to this worthy cause and/or participate in the upcoming Manulife Walk for Memories, which is an annual indoor walk that raises money "to help support families dealing with Alzheimer's" then click here and here!

3) Toronto Street Cats

Adorable, cuddly and independent (and at times a tad bit ferocious) are just a few of the words that describe domestic cats. With their enchanting, slanted eyes, soft to the touch fur and deep purs, they are one of the most common house pets and frequent fashion inspirations. Karl Lagerfeld's adorable white cat has its own Twitter page @ChoupettesDiary, an entire chapter of VOGUE Creative Director Grace Coddington's memoirs featured cats and cat sweaters are in style. But when fashion's love affair with cats wears off, we must all remember that they are still many cats out there who will be in need of our love and adoration. That is where Toronto Street Cats comes in which is a volunteer run, non-for-profit organization with the aim of improving the "lives of Toronto's homeless cats by offering spay/neuter services free for feral cats and building overwintering shelters." They "are also working to increase public awareness about Toronto's homeless cat population and the importance of spay/neuter and trap/neuter/return (TNR)". It is estimated that Toronto has over 100,000 feral cats that contrary to popular belief have difficulty surviving on the streets especially during the winter.

To get involved with Toronto Street Cats, click here

What are some charities that you would like to get involved in this year? Let me know in the comments below, Facebook and Twitter! Also don't forget to check out Amanda's Fashion Spot on Pinterest and Instagram!


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