How My Son's Next Birthday Celebration Will Be Different

Giving Back to Others: Something We Do Together As A Family

Giving Back to Others: Something We Do Together As A Family

#YMCCommunity Member, Shannon Mischuk doesn't believe in forcing her children to do something before their hearts are ready because the impact won’t be the same. So when her younger son announced he wanted to have a birthday party where the gifts would go to someone else, she knew exactly what she had to do.

Shannon Mischuk

Shasher's Life

“To give is better than to receive.”

That's not just a phrase my parents repeated over the last four decades of my life and one I’ve made sure is present in my children’s day-to-day lives.

As a family, for the last two decades, we have financially and physically supported orphanages, medical clinics, schools, and farms from northern Ontario, Canada to Guyana to Romania to South Africa. Our children have helped us raise money for these humanitarian trips by collecting bottles, taking part in car washes, bake sales, and everything in between.

For us, giving back isn’t just a good idea that some day we will do. It’s not just suppertime discussions. We live it.

My two youngest boys are now 8 and 11, and they are beginning to see the needs others have and realize they are blessed beyond measure. We can’t force them to do something before their hearts are ready—the impact just wouldn't be the same.

So you can imagine my excitement when my youngest son, who turns 9 in August, came to me and suggested that for his next birthday party he’d like to do something for others.

The conversation went something like this…

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Do you love the idea of throwing a birthday party that gives back? Read these articles and learn how you can throw a birthday party that will make a difference in the life of a child.

Then make your next birthday one to remember by registering for Plan Canada’s Gifts of Hope: Birthday Registry.

Simply invite your friends to purchase that are meaningful to you, then enjoy your special day knowing that your birthday gifts will make a lasting difference in the lives of children.

I am the mom to 3 boys & 1 girl. Together with my husband of 18 years, we lead a crazy awesome church in Kitchener, Ontario.

After being teased in High School for being a "Social Butterfly" and told it wouldn’t take me very far in life, I fell into the serious world of banking. At the end of 17 years of feeling stuck... in the fall of 2007 I packed up my business suits & sensible shoes to be a stay-at-home mom.

I started blogging in 2006 and as the late-bloomer that I am, I didn’t join Facebook until 2007. I “dabbled” in social media enough to cause some people to worry about my growing addiction.

Blogging went from hobby to a passion to a career in 2009 when a marketing company took notice and snatched me up to lead their Social Media Marketing department.

My Chrysalis moment came in 2010 when I decided to dive into the Twitter-craze — suddenly my Social Butterfly was again unleashed.

In 2013 my business partner and I took over Canada's premier Social Media / Blogging conference, BlissDom Canada.

To the High School teacher who didn't see my potential, I just have one thing to say…. How do you like me now?!