3 Ways to Have a Virtually Brilliant Birthday during COVID-19

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.

  1.   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!)

  1. 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!

  1. 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!

March Break Charity Challenge Example

Curious what a March Break Charity Challenge Invitation looks like?

Click below to see our daughter’s invitation from last year:

https://www.wishandgive.ca/events/details/221/zos-march-break-challenge

After setting up your invitation, email the URL to your friends and family.

Tip: don’t input emails into the platform or your friends and family will receive the automated email inviting them to a party. 🙂

You are Invited to Join the March Break Charity Challenge

Calling all parents, children, and teens!  This March Break, Wish and Give is challenging kids to do something different!  Something better for your family and better for the community.  So, put down the devices and join our March Break Charity Challenge!

We are challenging kids to set a personal goal and fundraise for their favourite local charity.

What do we mean by a personal goal?
Encourage your kids to choose something that is a real stretch for them.  Is it reading 10 chapter books?  Learning to ride a bike?  Learning to cook?  Think about what will motivate you to sponsor your own kid!  Last year it was reading for my daughter; I was so proud of her I sponsored her too!

And what makes it even better…. your child wins a cash prize at the end!

So, this March Break let’s down our devices, stretch ourselves and our kids, learn a new skill and give back to our community!

It’s simple to get started: 

1. log into www.wishandgive.ca
2. select ‘invitation’
3. choose a charity
4. set a personal goal
5. name your prize
6. send the URL to your friends and family

During the week, post pictures of your kid’s progress on social media using the  hashtag #MarchBreakCharityChallenge. 

After the goal is accomplished send a picture to info@wishandgive.ca. We want to celebrate your kid’s achievements!  We’ll send you the cash that was raised for your child’s group gift/prize and the donation directly to the charity.

Get ready to accomplish something new this March Break!

For more details on how to get started refer to the Took Kit:

Find out more in our Tool Kit: March Break Charity Challenge Tool Kit 2019

 

March Break Charity Challenge

Simple Ways You Can Volunteer

It’s National Volunteer Week, so it is a good week to reflect on what volunteering means in your life.  Does it mean spending a whole day with a charity or traveling overseas to ‘lend a hand’?  Not necessarily.  There are lots of other ways to get involved in your community that are helpful to charities and nonprofits and don’t necessarily require a ton of your time.

Small things can make a difference right in your own community. Here are a few ways you can give back:

  1. Help With a Kids Sports Team

Most, if not all, kid sports teams are volunteer led.  Can you coach, arrange the snack list, send out communications to the team?  There are lots of roles within a team or the head office to offer your time and talents.

  1. Help in Your Kids School

There are countless ways parents can help at school, next time you get the desperate email pleas, try to say yes.  Often this only requires an hour or so at a time.  And your kids will love it!

  1. Focus on Your Neighbourhood

Look for ways you can offer your time to help others right on your own street or neighbourhood.  Is it helping someone garden, shovel snow, rake leaves, take out the trash?  Small acts of kindness go a long way for both parties involved.

  1. Focus on Your Office

What team or committee at work can you join?  There are ways to give back right at work, from the health and safety committees to organizing sports teams or fundraising events.   Often food banks or other places will host corporate volunteer days.

  1. Join a Board

There are over 160,000 charities and nonprofits in Canada who need board members with all kinds of skills.  Charity Village or Board Match can help connect your skills with the right board.

  1. Donate Financially

Often charities and nonprofits appreciate financial donations over gifts of your time.  Not every charity is set up to host volunteers.  Think about how you can financially support a local organization.

  1. Fundraise With Your Next Birthday

Use Wish and Give (www.wishandgive.ca) to fundraise for a local charity or nonprofit through your next birthday.  It’s great for kids too, and an easy way to teach them about helping others.

Do All the Good You Can

Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. – Ella Wheeler Wilcox

Set a Goal & Give Back This March Break

Calling all parents, kids, and teens!  This March Break, Wish and Give is challenging you to do something better!  Better for yourself and better for your community.

We challenge you to set a personal goal and fundraise for your favourite local charity.  Choose something that is a real stretch for you.  Is it reading 10 chapter books?  Learning to ride a bike?  Cleaning out the garage?  Think about what will motivate your friends and family to sponsor you and choose a goal.

And what makes it even better…. You win a cash prize* at the end!

So, put down your devices, and learn a new skill, read 10, 20, 30 books, learn to bake a cake!  You choose your own challenge.

Ask your family and friends to sponsor you and your charity via your personal web page.  To get started, log into www.wishandgive.ca.  Choose your charity, set your own goal, name your prize, and send the URL to your friends and family via email or your parents’ social media.  Don’t forget to add a description to your invitation about why and how you are fundraising for your chosen charity over March Break.

During the week, post pictures of your progress on social media with #MarchBreakCharityChallenge. We want to cheer you on and it will encourage your friends and family to sponsor you!

When you reach your goal send a picture to info@wishandgive.ca. We want to celebrate your achievements!  We’ll send you the cash* that was raised for your group gift to your parent and the funds you raised for your charity of choice directly to the charity.

Get ready to challenge yourself this March Break!

#MarchBreakCharityChallenge

For more details on how to get started refer to the Took Kit:

March Break Charity Challenge Tool Kit