This is the best time of the year, and despite being a bit different, we still want to make it special.
Christmas is all about family, kids, traditions, and although we all need to be safe, we all need to have some fun as well.
Photo by Jonathan Borba
Thinking of you all, we’ve selected a few ideas to help you bring more fun into your holidays while staying safe at home.
Bake Christmas Cookies
Christmas cookies are not only for Santa Claus.
We all love relaxing by the fireplace with hot cocoa in one hand and a homemade baked cookie in another, and yes, these Christmas Cookies for beginners are just so cute and look yummy!
Decorate Your Gingerbread House
Kids love to help in the kitchen, and holiday baking is just so wonderful, mainly if the baking includes gingerbread homes decoration.
If you’re dreaming of turning your gingerbread house into a trully gingerbread home this year, you will love these techniques.
Create Personalized Ornaments
Salt dough ornaments are a fun and easy DIY Christmas decoration.
Kids will love the idea of making their own. Kids’ creativity and imagination will go infinity and beyond.
Build Homemade Snowglobes
If your kids love snow, they will love to have a snow globe in a jar.
Everything is possible here, such as adding their own photo, small toys and tons of glitter.
Get Your Minimalist Gift Done
It’s easy to feel very stressed over the holiday season, especially this year.
Try to disconnect a bit and make time to prepare meaningful and minimalist gifts yourself. Your bubble will love it.
Have an Ugly Sweater Contest
How ugly can you make your sweater?
Hold a competition with your bubble and make it a very memorable family time.
Make a Santa Key
OMG! Do you live in a place without a chimney? No worries!
If you are wondering how to explain to your kids how Santa will get to your living room, invite them to make a Santa key.
Grow your MO or ladies, MOVE for a bro with us this November. Join our #MacdonaldMovember team to encourage your friends, family and clients to donate or make a one-time donation to support men’s health and suicide prevention.
We’re ambitious – help us reach our goal of $25,000 and bring awareness to testicular and prostate cancer. – Tore Jacobsen
Globally, men die 6 years earlier than women. In Canada, 3 out of 4 suicides are men. 1 in 9 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. And testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men.
Pretty shocking, right? That’s why Macdonald Realty is doing Movember this year: we are dedicated to changing the face of men’s health!
How you can support #MACDONALDMOVEMBER campaign?
Make sure to join our team #MacdonaldMovember, reach out to clients and family to support, if you’re part of our team all donations via your own page will go towards our team goal!
Ladies and other non-mustache folks can join the movement by taking part in the MOVE challenge walk/run 60k in November
Use the hashtag also to tag us on social media to check in throughout the month! #MacdonaldMovember
We’ll announce prizes for the best ‘stache, donation challenges, and motivating you to get moving 60km this month!
VANCOUVER, B.C. – (April 24, 2020) – Macdonald Realty Victoria has committed to donating a portion of their agent’s monthly office fees to the Victoria Rapid Relief Fund which is raising money for coronavirus emergency relief in the capital region. The first monthly contribution of $1200 was delivered to The Victoria Foundation who chairs the fund, with a commitment to continue the monthly donations while Macdonald Realty agents work from home during physical distancing.
“We saw an opportunity to shift the focus and support our community during this critical time, ” says Ara Balabanian, Managing Broker of Macdonald Realty’s Victoria and Sidney offices. “Real Estate has been deemed an essential service by the BC Government so while the doors to our office are closed, we are fortunate to be able to continue offering essential services to clients from our homes. Our agents are happy to see a portion of their office fees redirected to support this worthwhile cause.”
The Victoria Rapid Relief Fund was established to provide funds to local Registered Charities and Qualified Donees providing front-line services to vulnerable populations whose staff, volunteers, programs, and operations have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Since March 21st they have raised over $5 million dollars.
Picture from The Victoria Foundation Facebook Page
About Macdonald Real Estate Group: Founded in Vancouver in 1944, Macdonald Realty (macrealty.com) has grown to become BC’s largest full-service corporately owned real estate company, with over 20 offices, 1,000 agents and staff in the province, and nearly $6 billion in annual sales.
In addition to residential sales, Macdonald Commercial has over 40 dedicated commercial agents with a head office in Vancouver and a new Fraser Valley office in South Surrey; Macdonald Property Management currently manages over $5 billion in BC properties; and Macdonald Platinum Marketing has sold over $2 billion in luxury new construction.
At a time like this, there are a lot of people who are in vulnerable positions of not being able to feed their family. Lots of communities have been suffering and there are a number of places to support and consider when looking for ways to donate or make contributions to.
One of the biggest areas of need are our local food banks. Whether donating funds or food, there are many ways you can support them in your local community.
Donating to your local food bank is an easy way to support those most in need. If possible, monetary donations make the largest impact. Food banks can often buy food at cost which allows them to make their donations go further and they can select the food that is most in need.
Photo by Scott Warman
Here is a list of food banks across the province to donate to:
Greater Vancouver The Greater Vancouver Food Bank was set up as temporary relief to the hunger crisis in 1983, and now strives towards a model grounded in empowerment, education and food quality. They support over 70 Community Partner Agencies and 8000 + clients with access to quality food every week.
Sunshine Coast The Sunshine Coast Food Bank is supported solely through generous financial and food donations from the community, efforts of many supporters who organize food drives and a variety of fund-raising events.
Contact do find out ways to donate: 604-885-5881 ext. 240 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelowna The Central Okanagan Food Bank is one of the largest Food Banks in the Interior of BC. They rely on donations from community fundraisers, monthly, corporate and one-time contributions.
No food bank in your community? You can check with the nearest location to you – sometimes their rural members have additional depots in nearby communities too. Especially now, food banks need continued financial support.
Macdonald Realty raises $25,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice with a polar bear swim at their holiday party
VANCOUVER, B.C. – (December 30, 2019) – Realtors and staff from Macdonald Realty took the plunge for a good cause with a polar bear swim during their annual holiday party. They set out with a $10,000 fundraising goal but surpassed all expectations by raising $25,000 for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.
“Macdonald Realty embraced the idea of raising funds for Canuck Place Children Hospice. In the process of fundraising we more than doubled our original goal, with remarkable support by Realtors and staff.” says Simon Clayton, of Macdonald Realty.
Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is BC’s pediatric palliative care provider for children with life-threatening illnesses and the families who love them. Their team of physicians, nurses, counsellors, therapists, staff, and volunteers provide medical respite care, pain and symptom management, end-of-life care, and counselling at no cost for the families who need their assistance.
The volunteer swimmers included Macdonald Realty’s Managing Broker Bill Dick and Realtors TJ Almodovar, Simon Clayton, Jason Feinstadt, Danny Nikas, Karley Rice, Jesse Shen, Jennifer West, as well as staff member Aayushi Goyal, Cathy Read and Kylie Waters. Debbie Butt, Canuck Place Children’s Hospice’s Director of Communications, Marketing and Events, also joined the swimmers into the winter water off Kits Beach. Macdonald’s Director of Agent Development, Mark Winter, and Eric Poon of Macdonald Commercial rounded out the group.
With colder weather creeping in, people are starting to pull out their sweaters, winter coats, slippers, and comforters. Not everyone has access to such everyday luxuries, however. That’s why the annual REALTORS Care Blanket Drive is so vital.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the REALTORS Care Blanket Drive collects an enormous amount of warm winter items that supports dozens of local charities, helping about 35,000 people around the Lower Mainland each year.
“The need is real,” says Realtor Ashley Smith, REBGV president. “I’ve lived in Gastown and Chinatown and have seen first-hand some of the impacts of cold weather. It makes you realize how quickly a season can change and how vulnerable some members of our communities are.
“A warm blanket is often the first line of defence, especially for the more than 3,500 homeless people in our region,” she says. “For 25 years now, thousands of Realtors have volunteered to gather and distribute blankets and warm clothing to more than 385,000 people in need, including women and children facing domestic violence and those in supportive housing.”
The annual drive began in 1994 when a group of Realtors observed the homeless situation in Vancouver’s core and simply thought, “We’ve got to do something to help.” They put out a call to colleagues, and the response was enormous and swift: they collected enough blankets and coats to help 3,000 people that year alone.
Thousands of Realtors from Whistler to Hope have participated since, with more than 100 real estate offices that act as collection depots in the Lower Mainland each year.
Anyone can make a donation. The greatest needs are gently used or new blankets or sleeping bags; hats, gloves and scarves; new socks and underwear; and other warm clothes.
“Vancouver is an incredible city to live in, but it comes with its challenges, and one of those challenges is the expensive cost of living,” says Realtor Colette Gerber, REGBV president-elect. “The Blanket Drive is a way of helping those who need it the most. As Realtors, it’s incumbent upon us to look after those who are less fortunate. It’s a way of giving hope.”
Donations are kept in the community from which they’re collected and distributed by local charities.
The 25th annual REALTORS Care Blanket Drive runs from Nov. 18 to 25. To find a drop-off location near you and learn more, visit blanketdrive.ca or contact your local Realtor.