Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sophia leads the way

UPDATE : JCI Winnipeg's Charity Toy 

After a busy month with our #wpgToyDrive, we are very excited to share with you the success of this initiative. With the help of 13 different sponsors across the city, coupled with JCI Winnipeg member Brandi White's efforts, we collected over 300 toys for the Christmas Cheer Board.

A very big THANK YOU to all those who contributed to this initiative. Your generosity is undeniable, heartfelt and appreciated.

Have a look at our Facebook Photo Album

We would like to thank the 13 businesses that made important contributions to this drive. They age:

Sophia leads the way...

I was moved when my daughter and I discussed the Christmas Cheer Board’s toy drive.

What’s a “toy drive” she asked. With a few explanations about giving to those who need, Sophia decided to break open her piggy bank and give.

She wants to make sure that as many kids as possible can have a present to unwrap on Christmas morning. She wants to help me organize a drive. And so, we are. With the help of JCI Winnipeg and generous support from small businesses across the city, we've put together a list of Drop-off Location Sponsors to help Sophia gather as many contributions as possible.

I'm happy that she has such a big hart. I'm so proud of her and that she cares for others. It's an important value that all children can learn. Also, I'm glad to be a part of JCI. This group of young professionals can help little ideas like this turn into community successes.

On Monday, Nov. 10th, look to JCI Winnipeg's blog and Twitter feed for details on where you can donate a new, unwrapped toy for the Christmas Cheer Board. Tag and follow the drive on Twitter with #wpgtoydrive.

Thanks to all the businesses who have volunteered to host a Drop Off location, and to all of you who can contribute. 

Together, let’s help Sophia get, or should I say give, her Christmas wish.

Brandi White,JCI Winnipeg member and proud mother. 

Get all the details on how you can contribute by visiting our JCI Winnipeg's Charity Toy Drive page.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Trick-or-Eat with JCI Winnipeg

Take a look at our Smart Biz article about the #TrickOrEat event here. (page 6)

JCI Winnipeg
Flyer 2014
JCI Winnipeg organized a #TrickOrEat Community Food Drive in support of Winnipeg Harvest for Halloween this past Friday. 

With the help of our sponsor, MB Battery, and the residents of Meadowbank Rd, Marygrove Crescent and Tolcross Gate in Whyte Ridge, JCI Winnipeg made a total weight contribution to Winnipeg Harvest of 411 pounds of food and $60 in cash donations. 

This inspiriting generosity reminds us all of our capacity to give. Thank you to all who have contributed to this kindness. We look forward to next year's event and invite those who wish to achieve a greater impact to join us. 

It all started amid various discussions among members at our JCI Winnipeg Summer Wrap Up event on Sept. 3rd. What should we do for Halloween? Then, John Mark Wilderspin and Erica Christie came up with the idea of Trick-or-Treating for contributions to Winnipeg Harvest. The project was accepted unanimously, a work group was formed and tasks were quickly snatched up.  

In all, we mobilized 9 young active citizens, some JCI Winnipeg members and some future members, and went door to door in Whyte Ridge, collecting contributions to Winnipeg Harvest. We gathered 411 lbs of food and $60 cash for Winnipeg Harvest in less than 2 hours.  

John Mark and I chatted about next year's event while unloading what we had collected at Winnipeg Harvest. He's agreed to lead the project again, and I pledged to assist him. I am sure next year's JCI Winnipeg Board of Directors will adopt this project and make it even bigger. 

If anyone wants to help out, here's what we need:
  • Someone to design a better flyer
  • Volunteers to go door to door with us on Sat. Oct. 31st, 2015
  • Small business sponsors like MB Battery :-)

Leave a comment below, email us at or tweet us at @JCIWinnipeg to sign up for next year. 

Winnipeg Harvest takes donations year round, have a look at these options on how to get involved

Thanks to all who participated.

What's next for JCI Winnipeg ?