Extraordinary Co-workers Christmas Adopt A Family Story: The Saturday Weekend Review #244

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I’ve always wanted to learn more about the Christmas Adopt a Family program in Canada and when a Canadian Budget Binder fan mentioned that her company participates, I wanted to learn more.

So far, I’ve learned that there are a multitude of Adopt a Family Christmas programs in just about every community across Canada. That’s amazing! There’s nothing and I mean nothing that feels better than giving during the holidays or any time of year. Mrs. CBB and I often reflect on how fortunate we are and often donate time or money to services in our community to help those in need.

In Toronto alone there are over 5000 homeless people living on the streets hoping to get into a warm shelter this holiday season. On top of this there are families that are struggling to put food on the table and individuals that have no money or limited resources to get them on their feet.

the light in a childs eyes to make Christmas magical this time of year quoteDuring the holiday season it’s terrible to be alone with no family or Christmas dinner and cheer to participate in.

Some parents may feel sorrow because priorities such as food, shelter and clothing come before gifts. This is where Christmas Hampers filled with food and other necessities are crucial.

When the cold comes children may go without Christmas gifts because a warm jacket, boots, gloves and a hat are more important.

Related: Women’s Outreach Canada  Adopt A Family Program

I agree but no child should go without feeling the magic of the holidays.

Next year our family goal is to adopt a family which we will save for in our Christmas budget starting 2018.

This will be a projected expense which we will contribute monthly. Ideally we would like to raise the funds by selling items around the house we no longer need or buying and selling to earn extra money. Every bit counts.

At the end of the year we will match that money from our bank account and put that towards the family or individuals we adopt through our community program.

Related: Community Care St.Catharines and Thorold Adopt A Family Christmas Program

My employer currently doesn’t have an Adopt a Family program but it is certainly something that I would bring up in the next board meeting. It not only builds moral but it’s a great way for people to give back when they don’t have time outside of work due to other priorities.

Until then I want to learn as much as I can about how Adopt a Family works in Canada and Candy from the Chrysler Dealership in Orillia, Ontario shares this heart-warming team story for us.


Adopt A Family for Christmas


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“The dealership I work for is Mac Lang Orillia”, as Candy Legedza proudly explains to me about how her organization went about Adopting a Family for the Christmas holidays.

Reading stories like this brings a warm feeling inside of me because I know more people have the ability to give back but don’t know how to go about it which includes volunteering. When I spoke with Candy I had no idea where to begin with the Adopt a Family program so I asked her a few questions.

  • How do people get involved with Adopt A Family for Christmas?
  • What is the process for Adopt a Family?
  • How much do you have to raise or spend on a family or person you adopt?
  • Do the recipients make a list of what they want/need?
  • Do recipients ask to be adopted for Christmas? 

Candy explains below…

The families apply to Children’s Aid to be adopted who then matches them up with people or organizations who want to help. They give you basic non-identifying information about the family such as ages, sizes and a wish list to help make shopping easier. 

In addition you provide food for a Christmas dinner or a grocery gift card. Usually an outfit and toy for each child and maybe something small for the adults.

You deliver your basket to Children’s Aid on a designated day before Christmas and the family picks it up from them so you don’t actually meet the family. You can request any size family you like so the budget is up to you.

Related: Adopt A Family Surrey Christmas Bureau

Last year we had a mother with two children and this year we have opted for a single teen and two seniors in a nursing home. We will spend $100 to $150 on each. I also know a family of grown children who adopt a family rather than exchanging gifts among themselves. This year they all met at Walmart and had a scavenger hunt to shop for the family.

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We adopt a family through Simcoe Community Services (CAS). This year we chose a young person just leaving social services and going out on their own and two seniors in nursing homes as these people tend to be the most forgotten at Christmas.


Raising money for Christmas Adopt a Family


Each Thursday during the months of November and December we cook a hot lunch which we sell to the staff for five dollars each plate. In most cases someone donates the lunch or volunteers to cook so we can stretch the meal and make as much as possible for our family.

So far this year we have had delicious homemade lasagna, pulled pork, meatball sandwiches and tomorrow is a spaghetti dinner. We have about 20 employees who participate  in the Adopt a Family Christmas program so the money adds up quickly and the staff really looks forward to a hot lunch.

We also have a fun girl’s night party where we draw names and exchange gifts, but the gifts have to be a toy that we think the person would have liked as a kid. We have the fun of unwrapping a toy but at the end of the night all toys are donated to the Salvation Army toy drive.

Easy ways to give back to your community.

Do you wrap the gifts you give away for Christmas?

Gifts are not wrapped to prevent people from donating inappropriate items but when we do a family we include a few rolls of gift wrap.

I’d like to thank Candy for getting in touch with me to share this story of giving-back to the community..

Discussion Question: Have you or the company you work for committed to the Adopt a Family for Christmas program. How do you go about raising money? Share your story and any other info for those who wish to get involved.


A Week In My Life


This week went pretty smooth for us apart from having to catch up on some odds and ends on the blog that needed attention. Early in the week we had our annual meeting with our financial advisor who thought maybe we should transition from term insurance to permanent or Whole Life insurance. We’re still doing our research but would love to hear from the fans. What do you pay into and why? Did you transition your life insurance at a certain age?

I didn’t get too much done in the basement this week as I had to get the truck serviced for a scratch that was present when purchased. You don’t even want to know how much a tiny scratch cost. OK, I’ll tell you $1000! So, the next time someone says, “oh it’s just a scratch” tell them about what I paid for a small scratch!

Lastly, I managed to get the truck in for my winter Krown under coating which has gone up since our vehicle is larger than the last. We will have to adjust this number in our budget for 2018 as a projected expense.

On the holiday home-front we are working on 2 sugar-free keto treats to take home for the holidays. At this point we are looking at low-carb biscotti and sugar-free almond chocolate bars wrapped up as little treats for everyone. More to come on this soon.

Busy week but it’s Christmas and we love the hustle and bustle of the season.

Have a great week everyone.



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Ed over at the Millionaire Educator hit the nail on the head with his blog post about why they are not real millionaires. I could almost compare his story with ours except we live in Canada, own a home, vehicle and a television.

We’ve had this millionaire status conversation before in the CBB household because most people think that a million dollars means “big living” but that’s far from the truth. Although being worth a million dollars sounds frosted it’s certainly just a number most of which is not in a bank account that can be spent freely.

What can a million dollars really buy you these days? Debt freedom and the rest is up to you. It’s all about how much money you spend as Ed points out in his post. A million bucks doesn’t mean they won’t stop living a frugal life. They just adjust their expectations and that’s their richness.


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Budget Recipe Pick


Christmosas delish Christmas drinkI don’t often showcase drinks in my recipe pick of the week section but every once in a while one pops up that catches my attention.

With the holidays around the corner you can’t go wrong with this recipe for Christmosas!

Although the Mimosa might be a traditional Christmas morning drink for you why not add a second beverage to that list. Our family sticks with coffee and tea and then the bottles of booze come out.

This is the drink that eats like a fruit cocktail that I would love to try. I might have to buy the ingredients and whip a batch up for Christmas morning.

What are Christmosas?

Well, here’s the breakdown;

  • 2 Granny Smith apples, chopped
  • 1 c. whole fresh cranberries
  • 1 c. green grapes, halved
  • 1 c. pomegranate seeds
  • 1 c. sparkling grape juice
  • 1 bottle champagne, prosecco, or cava

That’s it! This recipe is so easy and your guests will be in awe of the beauty, I know I am.


Cool Budget DIY Ideas


I’m a big fan of DIY as most often it is far less expensive making products at home rather than buying them.

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve never ventured much into bathroom DIY products but these DIY Toilet Cleaning Fizzies sounded and look pretty neat.


While cleaning out one of our cupboards of what we considered an overload of baby kitchen items we found 2 silicone moulds.

One tray is shaped like a tree and the other a fish and Mrs. CBB asked if we should keep them or not.

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I honestly could only think of making chocolates in the mould and I told her to hold on since we’ve experimented with making homemade keto chocolate bars.

We’ve since ordered a chocolate bar mould this past week and just as I thought we’d donate the silicone moulds I find this recipe for toilet cleaning fizzies. I’m going to give it a try, why not right?

We’re the white toilet family and Mrs. CBB will have a fit if our toilets aren’t pristine. This might be a helpful cleaning solution to keeping things fresh in our kingdom room.


Saturday Search Term Giggles


Always begin and end your day with a SMILE!- Mr.CBB

Every week I get tens of thousands of people visit Canadian Budget Binder because they did a search online and found my blog. (SIC) means I’ve copied the text exactly and it has spelling errors.

Most times funny, Sometimes serious.

  • Does Value Village buy stuff?– Ha, they don’t know they word ‘Buy’ only sell for profit and donate.
  • Why are doctors exempt from jury duty in Canada?– Do I really need to answer this?
  • How to be mortgage free?- Pay your mortgage off. It’s not that easy but it was good for a laugh.

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