St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation's Katie Maximick poses in front of the doors to the Maternal Child Unit in St. Joseph's Hospital, where she was born.

St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation’s Katie Maximick poses in front of the doors to the Maternal Child Unit in St. Joseph’s Hospital, where she was born.

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.


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