When you work together for over 10 years, there’s a lot of love. On Valentines Day we give our warmest hugs to WWF Canada. Thank you for all the wonderful years of celebrating children and their love for animals on ECHOage.
Ellette is 8. She wants to be the kind of person who helps other children. She already had a big impact.
“It makes me really sad that some kids don’t have any food and I really wanted to help them. All kids should have good, healthy food.”
“I chose Right To Play Canada because my birthday is near the olympics and my dad told me that they do a lot of stuff with and for the olympics for kids who can’t normally play.”
ECHOage welcomes our new partner Indspire. It is with great pride that we write this post today. Our wish is that you will choose Indspire, tell your friends to choose Indspire. Tell your neighbours and relatives. We are telling everyone. We feel inspired by the work they do, and look forward to years of birthday parties ahead in support of this outstanding cause.
Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. Our programs serve First Nation, Inuit, and Métis students in remote communities and urban centres across Canada.
Ever meet a child that makes you pause? We meet a lot of those kids.
Mario is that child. This 3 year old boy (yes, he’s 3, and cares about others) chose Because I Am A Girl as his ECHOage charity. Why? Mario say: “Because all humans need to have the same rights.” Yes, he’s only 3. We swear. ECHOage is a labour of love in more ways than one…
With over 300 hundred ECHOage Charities, we don’t like to pick favourites. But when you learn about the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada and how Jessica, our hero of the day, has supported them for FOUR YEARS in a row, its hard not to fall in love.
In the words of our HERO OF THE DAY Jessica:
I love animals and they help to protect them. I like Jane Goodall because I grew up knowing about her. My Aunty Laura gave me a book called Me Jane and it shows that if you believe in something you can make a change in the world. Note from my Mom: This is the 4th year in a row Jessica has used ECHOage to support the Jane Goodall Institute for her birthday.
Roohi is our hero. We are all very touched by her words and she represents everything we love about ECHOage.
It is my strongest desire to see cancer eradicated. I have seen firsthand the effect is has on the person afflicted with it, AND their family and friends. I lost my maternal grandmother to it, and I don’t want anyone else to be lost to this monster. One day, I will be able to word directly towards making the world cancer-free. Until then, I will do my best to support the people who are already working towards this same aim.
ECHOage was so thrilled to be profiled in the The New Family: Modern Views On Family Life. We loved their piece: 7 Tips for a Less Commercial and More Meaningful Holiday. These tips apply all year round. We agree, a resounding: Yes! Thank you to The New Family, from ECHOage XO.
It’s fun to shower our children with toys. But when multiple sets of grandparents and other relatives are doing the same, it can add up to a crazy amount of presents that can leave us feeling a little queasy, especially when you consider that many people in the world aren’t lucky enough to have the funds for even a very basic holiday, let alone an extravagant one.
It’s time we start teaching our children that getting less and giving more is one of the foundations of a happy life.
Consider how powerful even a group of children can be when they decide to take a philanthropic approach to their birthdays.
ECHOage would like to thank Dr. Samantha Rodman, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and founder of DrPsychMom.com for her fantastic article in the Huffington Post about ECHOage. Much of what Samantha wrote resonates with all of us at ECHOage. See below and have a look at the full article. You’ll be impressed. Love ECHOage XO
When kids’ birthdays turn primarily into an occasion to receive new toys to clutter up the house, I think there is an opportunity lost. Research shows that giving to others makes people happier than just buying new stuff, and this isn’t just true for adults. Children can be exquisitely sensitive to the issues that others face who are less fortunate. This is why it is so important to model charitable behavior for our children. If kids don’t learn the importance of giving back when they are young, it sets them up to be self-absorbed adults later in life. So many of my clients struggle with feeling truly happy. Despite what many of us learn from the media, true happiness doesn’t come from continuously accumulating more “stuff.”
During Christmas time, Chloe received a lot of treats from her grandmas. She asked her mom: “What happens to children who don’t have any grandmas? How do they get treats?” So Chloe and her mom found an organization that focuses on less fortunate children, helping them get ‘treats’ or ‘wishes’ too. Make-A-Wish Canada got new funds donated to them from Chloe Kim’s 9th Birthday. Thank you Chloe. You inspire us and surely your actions will inspire others. Happy Birthday to an amazing girl. Love ECHOage XOXO