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A New Generation of Giving

With the downturn of the economy research shows that ordinary North Americans are giving less. In 2009, charitable giving dropped 3.4 per cent from 2008 in Canada and 2.6 per cent in the U.S. Furthermore, age seems to play a role, with those aged 18-34 giving 11 per cent less than Canadians aged 35 and older.

So, does age really make a difference? Not to 22 year old JJ Wilson and his friend Claire Riddle. On December 22nd JJ and Claire defied the polls by bringing together 100 of their friends in a charity event called, A New Generation of Giving (see the pictures). This evening is proof that charitable giving can not only touch the lives of everyone involved but can also be exciting and fun. With all proceeds going to imagine1day and Youth Education Farms, JJ and Claire’s event shows that it doesn’t matter what age you are if you want to make a difference in the lives of others.

Giving can be much more memorable than a quick online transaction. Imagination is the key to creative contributions like JJ and Claire’s. Bringing together friends, holding events, challenging yourself and others to wacky ideas – all in the name of helping those in need – is what makes giving special and exciting. At imagine1day we believe that being a part of creative contributions (click here to learn more about doing your own CreatributionTM) not only changes your life, but those around you.

Click here to check out more pictures from the New Generation of Giving party!

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