Happy Holidays! Who else is excited for the holidays? Even though it will look a lot different this year, there are still lots of ways to celebrate. And we have made group gifting easy and fun!
Wish & Give is the perfect solution to thanking teachers or coaches virtually. Our online platform helps you arrange a group monetary gift and a donation to charity. All from the comfort of home. No shopping required. And everyone will feel great about giving back to a local charity.
How to set up a group gift:
Ask your teacher, coach or honoured recipient what charity they would like to support. Or choose one for them.
Create an invitation at wishandgive.ca. In step 1, choose ‘Teacher’s Gift’
Send the private URL, generated after the invitation is created, to those who are contributing.
Watch the contributions come in and add up!
Email us after all the contributions are in and we’ll send the cash gift* to the honoured recipient and the donation to the charity.
Easy-peasy and everyone will feel great about giving back. Canadian charities need our support more than ever now. This is a one stop shop to do something good and say happy holidays to your teacher, ballet teacher, swim coach, hockey coach…
No shopping. No leaving home. And feel good about supporting a local charity!
*We use Pay Pal to send the gift, minus the administration fees of 5.5% and 50 cents per transaction.
This summer Wish & Give invites you to challenge yourself and raise money for your favourite Canadian charity.
Change yourself, change your community.
Join our summer challenge.
Canadian charities need us now more than ever. Let’s give back this summer. Wish & Give challenges you to challenge yourself (or your kid) to set and reach a personal goal and raise money for your favourite cause.
Let’s turn the 1980’s summer into the 2020 summer and make it all about reaching goals and giving back. The 1980’s summer was carefree. We roamed the streets, gained our independence and had fun. The 2020 summer can be that and more. Harness kids energy and time into doing good. Set a personal goal and raise money for their favourite cause…and earn a prize.
What’s your goal? What do you want to accomplish? What can your kid accomplish?
Run 100 km
Read 15 books
Learn to cook 5 meals
Sew 100 masks
Set up your invitation at Wish & Give and ask your friends and family to sponsor you today!
How to participate:
1. Set a personal goal
2. Choose a Canadian charity to raise money for
(we have 86,000+ charities to choose from)
3. Set up an ‘invitation’
4. Ask your friends and family to sponsor you
(send them your personalized URL)
5. Achieve your goal this summer
6. Earn a prize and
7. Feel great about accomplishing your goal and giving back!
We are sad, we are moved, we are deeply disturbed by the recent events stemming from racism in the US and Canada. Over the past week we have listened, learned and done some research.
Below is a list of 9 amazing, grass roots, Canadian charities working tirelessly within Canada to preserve Black history, provide legal help to Black Canadians, support Black artists, Black women and Black youth.
By supporting these charities you are raising your hand to fight racism in Canada. We believe Black lives matter and will do everything we can to raise our voice.
This is by no means exhaustive list; please share with us other organizations that should be highlight in the comments.
Black Youth Helpline serves all youth and specifically responds to the need for a Black youth specific service, positioned and resourced to promote access to professional, culturally appropriate support for youth, families and schools.
To forge critical connections and to work in solidarity with black communities, black-centric networks, solidarity movements, and allies in order to to dismantle all forms of state-sanctioned oppression, violence, and brutality committed against African, Caribbean, and Black cis, queer, trans, and disabled populations in Toronto.
“Mom, does COVID mean I won’t get anything for my birthday?”
It’s the question you’re dreading if your child has a birthday coming up. You want the day to be special—to include things that can help them feel normal and safe, but it isn’t easy, is it?
So what do you do?
If your kids are like mine, they’ve been planning their birthday all year long. Not only do they look forward to their own birthdays, they eagerly anticipate attending their friends’ birthday parties and making them feel special.
Virtual parties and drive by greetings are a great solution. These are amazing ways to pivot the traditional birthday party and help kids feel celebrated, special and—most importantly—loved.
Giving Gifts, Safely
Just because it’s a virtual party or a drive by greeting, doesn’t mean the birthday kid needs to forego their gift. Giving is important, it’s their birthday after all!
At Wish & Give, we get it. It really is better to give than receive. (Though receiving is pretty good too!) Giving gifts isn’t only important for the birthday kid; it’s important for guests too! But actually going to a store these days can seem like taking your life in your hands.
Here’s the thing: Wish & Give’s invitations have always been virtual! Our invitations mean that your guests can virtually contribute to an amazing group gift and, to keep that goodness going, a donation to charity. It’s win-win for everyone! Your birthday kid can choose the gift or experience they really want and experience the joys of kindness and generosity by fundraising for their favourite cause.
The Birthday Kid Wins:
Lets your child know they are loved and remembered by friends near and far
They’ll receive the gift or experience they actually want
Teaches them how to support a cause they care about
Feels like they’re part of something with their friends, supporting a common cause
Guests want to give!
Feels good about giving a gift in a safe, meaningful and easy way
Opportunity to support charity – a dose of happy hormones!
Stress-free giving – (no masks, gloves or hand sanitizer required!)
Saves time – no shopping, no wrapping
Parties may have changed a little, but kids still need a chance to celebrate and be celebrated. While we all look forward to a swift resolution to the crisis this pandemic has caused, in the meantime, you can help your kid feel amazing.
Get started with your Wish & Give invitation at www.wishandgive.ca and don’t by shy to ask your guests for gifts! They want to give.
Calling Parents – Let’s say thank you to our teachers!
It is that time of year. And what a year it has been. From strike days to home schooling we parents have been through a lot. And teachers have been through a lot. I think we need a collective sigh and virtual pat on the back.
Our teachers have showed resiliency and showed up for our kids in this strange new world. They quickly transitioned to online learning and they miss our kids just as much as we miss them. Let’s show our gratitude by giving back, to the teacher and to their charity of choice. A group gift that gives back.
Wish & Give is the perfect solution to thanking teachers virtually. Our online platform helps you arrange a class monetary gift and a donation to their favourite charity. All from the comfort of home. No shopping required. And everyone will feel great about giving back to a local charity.
How to set up a class thank you gift:
Ask your teacher what charity they would like to support.
Introducing background photos and videos for your virtual birthday party! As if a Zoom party wasn’t fun enough, we’ve brought it to the next level with these fun background images and videos. Get your party hat on!
Click on each video or photo below to download to your computer and lets get the party started!
We’ve created 5 fun images or videos below to enhance your virtual party experience! Share with your guests ahead of time to make the party even more entertaining! Don’t forget to take a photo or screen shot of your party and share on social media. Tag us, we’d love to see how you celebrated virtually!
Party Hat Fun
Add a party hat to the birthday kid or grown up with this fun download! Email the video to your guests so everyone can where a virtual party hat! Don’t forget to take a picture of everyone or a screen shot to remember this special occasion.
Have a virtual cheers with your friends! Download this video and share it with your friends before your Zoom party. Everyone can change their background for a virtual cheers. Don’t forget to take a screen shot of everyone! This is definitely Instagram worthy!
Having a super hero themed virtual party? Download this video to make your party pop! Share it with your friends too for a super fun party experience.
Who wouldn’t love to be surrounded by virtual donuts?! Be sure to share with the photo with your friends so everyone can enjoy one!
Sweet as an Angel
Have some angels in your party? Share these fluttering wings with everyone and turn your party into a dream!
How to Change your Zoom Background
If you are the party host, set up a Zoom account, schedule a meeting and share the link with your guests via your Wish & Give invitation. If you have purchased a party package through Petit Party or All Wrapped Up, you will receive a Zoom link from the entertainer to include in your invitation. If you are the guest, click on the link and enter the party.
Once logged into the party, find the video camera icon, usually in the bottom right corner if you are on a laptop. There is a little up arrow to the right of the video camera icon, click this arrow and it will give you the option to change your virtual background. In the pop up box, click the little ‘+’ to choose your own photo or video as the virtual background. It will then allow you to browse your computer and select your own photo or video. Find the one that you saved from this blog and click open, it will automatically appear as your background!
We’ve put together a list of helpful resources and ideas for hosting a virtual party while we are home bound during the Corona-19 Virus and practicing physical distancing. Now more than ever it’s important to celebrate the kids in our lives, keep socializing and stay connected to our friends safely from our own homes.
We’ve come up with a list of virtual party packages, party ideas and online invitations that give back.
Virtual Party Packages
Petit Party – Parties that Give Back
Petit Party has a virtual party package that gives back! Every party booked through Petit Party includes a donation to Birthday Angels, an amazing nonprofit that provides party packages for those living in shelters. Your party package includes one of the following amazing Canadian artists or business:
Each artist will host your party via Zoom and the birthday kid will receive a video keepsake. Your invitations ask the guests to contribute to a group gift and a donation to charity in lieu of individual gifts. Support small business, give back and have a fun party! To book your party click here contact Petit Party.
All Wrapped Up Events, a local Hamilton business, will host your virtual party for you! They will provide you with the Zoom link, the entertainment and host the party for you! Choose from a variety of entertainers including princesses or superheros. It’ll all be recorded so the birthday boy or girl can watch it over and over! To book contact All Wrapped Up.
Minikinz is a professional children’s entertainment company that is now taking their birthday packages online! Enjoy a video gram, meet and greet, or virtual birthday party from one of their many characters or entertainment packages all from the comfort of your own home.
To register a princess, super hero, paint night, dance party or interactive virtual magic show, visit www.minikinz.ca to find out more.
More Unique Virtual Ideas:
Virtual Baking Competition
Bake from home and show off your creations virtually via Facetime or Zoom! Get inspired from the popular baking shows ‘Nailed It’ or ‘Sugar Rush’ or your favourite baking show. For a Nailed It style competition, choose a picture and have everyone replicate it. For a Sugar Rush style party, choose a theme and see how each family interprets the theme. Both ways are so much fun and will spark lots of laughter and joy!
Host a virtual yoga party! Hire a personal instructor to join your party. With all the anxiety right now it’s a great time to get kids to stretch, breathe and relax through yoga. Find an instructor to join your virtual party through FitIn, a community-based directory of online classes. Good anytime too, not just for a party!
Know someone who has a birthday coming up? Drive by their house, text them when you are outside and invite them to come out to their porch and then sing happy birthday from the car or sidewalk! Make their day special from a distance.
Invitations that Give Back
Wish & Give
Perfect anytime, but especially right now while we can’t shop or meet in person! Each free online invitation through Wish & Give asks guests to contribute to a cash group gift and a donation to charity. Our local charities need us more than ever right now. And the birthday kid still receives a gift from their friends!
Throw your virtual party today! Include a Zoom link in the invitation and gather your friends online.
There’s no doubt about it: things are a little crazy right now. But in the midst of the fear and anxiety over COVID-19, celebrations are all the more important.
In my family we have five birthdays in the next few weeks. Since we all live in different parts of the world, we don’t usually get together. But over time, we’ve learned a few clever tricks to make birthdays special even when we’re miles apart. So if you or your kids have a birthday in the next couple of weeks or months, here are three ways to “lock down” your birthday celebration and have some safe, friendly fun in the midst of a pandemic.
Virtual Baking Competition
Do you love baking shows? My family does. And you can do your very own family bake-off using your favourite social media tools. This year, the cousins in our family are getting together to do a Sugar Rush style competition virtually. We’ve chosen one day to bake a spring-themed cake or dessert—you can choose whatever sparks joy for you! Once your confections are done, connect with your family and show off your creations. (You can even get Grandma and Grandpa to judge!)
Throw a Virtual Party
You can’t catch COVID-19 over the Internet, thank goodness! Plan a time with your friends, create a Zoom link (free for up to 100 connections) and invite your friends and family and come together for a virtual party.
Add in an online quiz where everyone uses their smart phone to answer questions—a fun and friendly competition! There are lots of choices online—my favourite is Kahoot. Just set up the quiz ahead of time and everyone can use their smart phone to answer in real time. It’s a great way to get to know the honoured guest.
If your kids are missing their school friends, you can also use Zoom to help them get together. Ask the class parent to send the link to the class so that everyone can come online and sing happy birthday to your child. (You’ll also be giving all those kids’ parents a few seconds of break.)
One bonus? There’s no limit to the guest list when it’s virtual!
Donate to Charity
Now more than ever our small Canadian charities will need our support. They are often on the front lines helping people access food and essential services. Set up a Wish & Give link and ask your friends to donate in lieu of individual gifts. Your local food bank will thank you!
You can contribute the cost of dinner or bottle of wine to the charity of your choice and use your birthday to spread a little compassion during a crisis. I promise you’ll feel great about yourself. Win-win!
It’s time for the 3rd Annual Wish & Give March Break Charity Challenge! And in Ontario we have 3 weeks to complete the challenge!
We’ve come up with the 5 top challenges for kids of all ages to accomplish over March Break.
Goal setting is so good for kids! Goals are a great way to keep kids learning, motivated and feeling good.
And even better by reaching the goal? Kids are fundraising for their favourite cause! Canadian charities need our support more than ever right now. And it feels good to give back! Every March Break Challenge is a fundraiser for your favourite cause.
So, what is your kid’s stretch goal? Think of something so big that you would sponsor them too! The past few years our kids have been motivated to reach huge goals in reading or learning a new skill. They’ve each chosen goals that impressed me enough to sponsor them! And now they plan all year what their March Break goal will be!
Top 5 Challenges to try:
How many books can your child read in the next 3 weeks? This works for any age, whether it’s learning to read or reading full novels. Is it 10, 20 or 50 books? Pick a big goal, they really can do it!
It’s never been a better time to get outside! The weather is mild and social distancing works well outdoors. How far can they run or bike? Set a big goal and train for it. Maybe it’s learning to bike or biking 20km for the first time. Grandma will be proud to sponsor this goal!
Learn something new
3 weeks is plenty of time to pick up a new skill. Is it baking, cooking, doing the laundry or knitting a hat? Encourage your children to learn something new. Be sure to post pictures with the hashtag #MarchBreakCharityChallenge so we can celebrate these new skills!
No better time than now to start a healthy daily routine and do it every day for 3 weeks! Is it making the bed every day, cleaning the house, putting away toys daily, or helping mommy and daddy.
Time off from school is perfect for brushing up on new math skills. Is it telling time, multiplication tables, adding, division, fractions? Set a big goal and get to work!