Thanksgiving Hamilton Basket Brigade Edition Complete!! 40 underprivileged families have a lot more warm clothing, winter boots, toys, games, food.
As the President I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made this happen. Our board of governors, our donors and volunteers. The Hamilton elementary public and catholic school boards for your support. They are the ones who identify for us which families need the most help and allow us to be proactive vs. reactive.
For Thanksgiving we changed up our format to deliver more quality instead of quantity by spending the same budget we do for 300 families for a Thanksgiving dinner to 40 of the most impoverished families in Hamilton. We asked the school boards for their worst and they definitely delivered. We have lots of single mom families, a single dad family who just moved to a trailer park after the loss of mom to cancer, a single mom who just sold the family car to make rent.
This time we asked the parents what they wanted and they asked for warm clothing, winter jackets and boots, toys, games, arts stuffs and food. Parents asked for some essentials like deodorant, toilet paper and clothes but nothing else. We budgeted $100 per person.
It’s hard to explain the impact of what we do so instead I’ll read to what volunteer Kara wrote me:
“I just delivered my suv full off stuff for the Willows (not their real name) family. It was amazing to see the joy on the 7 kids faces and mothers gratitude for everything. 6 boys screaming with excitement over new clothes, snow pants, running shoes, hats, gloves and new sweatpants/sweatshirts was absolutely amazing to witness. The mother was so grateful for everything and was so happy with the amount of useful stuff she received. The kids couldn’t believe all of the new stuff they received and one of the boys was yelling “this is the best thanksgiving everrrrrr”. The grandmother said I had esp because they received everything they were in need of (especially all of the snow pants). This truly was an amazing experience for both the family and myself. Thank you team for all of your hard work and dedication to the community. It was greatly appreciated.
I look forward to Christmas!!
Happy thanksgiving to you and your families.”
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On to this week’s show!!
Returning guest and it’s been way too long is Tahani. She is a baller but she didn’t start that way, born into a Jordanian refugee camp, she came to Canada for an arranged marriage that later dissolved leaving Tahani a single mom in the frozen tundra of Canada who barely spoke English.
She now drives premium German import cars, she trades in developments, Tahani was just on the Marilyn Dennis Show and has an upcoming TEDx talk in Toronto on the subject of resilience.
Tahani is hosting a women’s only conference in November on the subject of real estate. She shares on the show how 90% of her clients are men and why she’s giving some attention to the ladies.
We also talk about her son’s experience on Big Brother Canada, how she’s raising her kids to be leaders, and how she won’t spoil them with guaranteed inheritance. Funny enough, raising rich kids is a coming topic among my investor friends so you don’t want to miss this.
Like Madonna, Tahani only goes by one name so without further ado, I give you Tahani!!