Over 22% of Canadian children live in poverty.
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Thank you for joining the fight against poverty. More than three million Canadians are living in poverty; these people may make daily sacrifices to make ends meet. No one should suffer in silence. Help The Salvation Army feed, clothe and empower those in need this holiday season.
How to Ask for Support:
1. Demonstrate the need:
Example: “One in 10 Canadians live in poverty. They may struggle to afford life’s most basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter.”
2. Share your passion:
Why is poverty important to you? Why is it important that everyone be able to afford life’s basic needs? Poverty isn’t always easy to see, but it’s everywhere.
3. Turn passion into action:
Explain to them why you’re doing the Santa Shuffle. “I’m taking part in the Santa Shuffle to put a spotlight on vulnerable Canadians, to help fight poverty and raise awareness.”
4. Ask for their support:
Put a number on it, “Will you make a $20 donation to support the three million Canadians living in poverty?"
Share your passion:
Inform people about why fighting poverty in your community is important to you. With one in 10 Canadians living in poverty, odds are they know someone who is affected by it. Some people are really good at maintaining a façade, but behind closed doors, they may be struggling to feed their children or pay their bills.
Make it personal:
Why care about poverty? Because it’s everywhere and can affect anyone; for some, the loss of a job, sudden illness, family breakup or rent increase can lead to homelessness. It’s right in your backyard and it’s not always easy to see. Every person deserves basic human dignity, no one should face hardship trying to feed their family or keep a roof over their head.
Ask for a specific amount:
Set a standard of asking your friends and family for the same amount, whether its $20, $15 or $10, every dollar contributes to helping The Salvation Army spread hope and dignity to vulnerable people, right in your community.