The importance of giving and community involvement

'If the human race wishes to have a prolonged and indefinite period of material prosperity, they have only got to behave in a peaceful and helpful way toward one another ' - Winston Churchill

Recent surveys both locally and nationally have highlighted the divide that is growing between those that have and the have nots. This is not just from a point of possessions and money, but it runs more deeply.

Less and less people are donating - time, money, old items and clothes. Two local food banks close to us in Hamilton had to actually close for a time because they did not have enough to hand out over Thanksgiving - and we are not anywhere near the winter season.

One of my goals when forming Square Peg was to be able to take a percentage of all income and donate back to charities of candidate and client choice, this is something that I have been able to do consistently for the last 2 years.

Working the food drive the other week however hit home to me the very strong and worthy needs that my local community has and going forward my aim is to continue to make those contributions but to the local groups that need it rather than split the money amongst many charities as I do now.

The hope is that larger sums to a few may start to really make a difference and I can also work with those groups to help in the implementation of a few projects over the next few years.

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