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Voluntaryists Help Hundreds of Needy Children

Many families struggle to merely make ends meet during the holiday season and don’t have anything extra to buy gifts for their children. We at Voluntaryism in Action wanted to help as many children as possible have a magical holiday, so we launched our inaugural Jolly Voluntary Toy Drive. In record time, we were able to raise more than $5,000!

The VIA team reached out to our local communities as well as the VIA Community group on Facebook, and we found several individual families in need whom we were able to directly send gifts to for their children. We used the rest of the money to buy toys for Orchards Children’s Services, an organization that helps foster children find parents in Detroit and Flint Michigan. Once again, we at VIA were able to make a difference in people’s lives—thanks to our generous donors!

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Historic Blizzard Inspires Voluntaryism

Even in the cold of winter, the spirit of voluntaryism burns bright. And not just any winter, but the worst winter ever! Over the weekend, residents of the City of St. John’s in Newfoundland, Canada were blasted with a blizzard that left a record 76.2 centimeters (that’s 30 inches!) of snow.

With that kind of weather, it may have been tempting to huddle inside and let someone else handle the snow removal. But volunteer shovel brigades rallied to clear sidewalks, and snowblower teams swept the town. The community pulled together online too, as inspirational stories were shared with the hashtag “snowmageddon2020.”

These great Canadians are more proof that if left to their own devices, people will voluntarily take care of each other. Even in the depths of winter, the human spirit glows with the desire to help others—and that’s what Voluntaryism in Action is all about!

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan