If a shopping frenzy is not exactly aligned with your values as the ideal way to enter the season of giving and celebration, HAT has your back. Giving Tuesday (Nov 28th) is a day to kick off the winter holidays infused with the holiday spirit of seflessness, giving, and looking out for the community.
In keeping with that spirit of spreading good cheer, we've rounded up four inspirational ways to do good locally and spread cheer this year:
1. Make a donation in support of conservation with HAT
The simplest way to have a direct impact on the preservation of nature is to make a gift from your heart straight to the wild places and species that need it most. It's that simple.
Click here or call in to 250-995-2428 today to enter the holidays with a cheer for conservation and the warm feeling only a gift of good will can give.
2. Share your #UNselfie
Love them or hate them, it turns out that selfies can be a tool for good. When your selfie shows the kindness and the time you gift to the community, you're showing the world how they can take part too. It's such an easy thing to do, and it may get others thinking about how to give back to the community. So if you feel like sharing, use the hastag #UNselfie and #givingtuesday to give an online gift that costs nothing and just keeps giving.
Post a photo of how you give to the community and feel free to share with us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter. It could be the inspiration that someone needs to do good too.
3. Give the gift of habitat - Adopt an Acre for wildlife!
You know what they say, "There's no place like home for the holidays!" It's so true, and a huge part of what makes our homes here on the west coast so special is our natural surroundings. You can give animals in this neck of the woods the habitat they need to cozy up with their families too by symbolically adopting an acre.
When you symbolically Adopt an Acre for wildlife to protect, enhance, or restore, you or the person you'd like to give a gift to will receive a certificate of adoption in the mail (or by email).
A wreath or a holiday plant are both traditional gifts, but wouldn't it be even nicer to say you've contributed to the eternal protection of a piece of the local forest or meadow?
These funds will go towards the Land Protection Fund - that will permanently protect habitats for our plants and animals in need of safe and secure place to live.
Your gift is extremely important - it offers immediate resources directed to current needs of native animals, plants, and their habitats at risk of disappearing.
Every living thing requires a home for the holidays and beyond, but our local flora and fauna are rapidly disappearing as human demands on the land increase.
That is why it’s more important than ever to conserve land now, to provide tools to protect and restore nature, to teach future generations about the importance of nature, and their role within it.
How to Adopt an Acre online:
1. Under "Donation Amount" select how many acres you would like to symbolically adopt $50/acre - a steal!
2. Under "Include a message for this charity", you can indicate whether you would like to direct your donation to enhance habitat for wildlife, restore, or protect habitat through the land protection fund.
You can also indicate whether you would like your symbolic adoption certificate to feature a Western Screech Owl | Amphibian | Bat | Blue-grey Taildropper Slug | or Sharptailed Snake as a reminder of the native creatures in need of habitat protection.
3. Under "Dedicate Your Donation" select IN HONOUR OF with recipient name and contact information
You are done!
4. A gift with a positive footprint - Clothing for Conservation with HAT and Hemp & Company
If you're looking for something a little more tangible to give that someone special or place on your wishlist, but still want to make a gift that gives and gives, you don't have to throw shopping off the table entirely. Hemp & Company has partnered with Habitat Acquisiton Trust to offer HAT logo printed organic hemp clothing.
Purchase any Hemp & Company brand clothing online or in store and request the HAT logo printed on it to have 30% of your purchase becomes a gift in support of HAT's conservation programs.
An organic, sustainable, local gift powering conservation, now that's something magical.
Here's how to do it (you don't even have to set foot in a shopping mall):
1. Visit the Hemp & Company store online or in person at 1312 Government Street.
2. Pick your clothing style and colour
3. Request the garment to be printed with the HAT logo in person or by clicking "add to cart" and typing in the "special instructions box".
4. Celebrate receiving and/or giving a gift that touches the lives of your favourite living beings. Yay!
Whatever your giving style, we know you'll let your generosity shine bright this holiday season. Let's spread joy and cheer with conservation this year!