I’m not made of money. To be honest, 2015 brought a lot of change for my husband and I, and we had a difficult year financially.
However, I’ve always believed that no matter how hard you think you have it, there is always someone else out there in the world having a much harder time than you. It’s this perspective that keeps my feet on the ground and my glass half full.
Now that I work in health care, I see a lot on a day-to-day basis, good and bad, and while I may not necessarily have a lot of disposable income kicking around, there’s one thing I do have that, unfortunately, a lot of people don’t – good health.
As George William Curtis said, “Happiness lies, first of all, in health.” He didn’t say, “Happiness lies in how much money you have.”
And while I don’t have a lot of money to spare and I can’t donate $50,000 to anyone any time soon, I do have good health and I do have enough to make a small donation each month to St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation.
It might not be a lot, but I know every month that I’m giving what I can, and that my donation will, some day, help someone I know who needs medical attention.
Being born in Comox, I have a lot of family and friends living in the area. That means I know many people who access our hospital regularly – some to give birth, others for lab work, some for diabetes and others for emergencies. Why wouldn’t I want to help them any way I can, even if it’s just a small donation each month?
I’m not alone in my choice to give monthly rather than a one-lump sum each year. Monthly giving is quickly becoming one of the most beneficial kinds of donations for donors and non-profits. It allows donors to spread their donation throughout the year, while providing non-profits like our Hospital Foundation with a dependable income that helps provide quality patient care in our community. It also saves on administrative costs like stamps and paper, while saving our donors time – you won’t have to write a cheque and mail/deliver it if it simply comes out of your account every month.
For me, it’s easy and predictable, and makes it simpler for me to budget each month, because I know how much I’m giving. At the end of the year, I get a cumulative tax receipt for 12 months of giving, and I get to see just how much I donated over the year.
While I may not be in a position to be a major gift donor to our Hospital Foundation, I certainly can afford to give a little bit each month to help improve health care in the Comox Valley – and that’s what matters, because the Comox Valley is my home, and the people I love live here too.
To learn more about monthly giving with St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation, visit https://www.cvhealthcarefoundation.com/giving/ways-to-give/donate-online//