Building the Garden of Grace on Giving Tuesday

Is Guelph the most generous city in Canada?  We’ll find out in just a few days.

This year, our community will be taking part in an initiative called GuelphGives to mark ‘Giving Tuesday’.

What is Giving Tuesday?  From the GuelphGives website:

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday—days great for the economy and for getting a good deal—well now we having GivingTuesday…a day that is great for the community!

Guelph Gives LogoOn Giving Tuesday, which lands on December 2nd, everyone will be encouraged to support local charities by donating or volunteering.  If you stop by the Quebec Street Mall that day, have a look at the Giving Fair taking place from 10am-6pm.  You’ll see tables representing the participating charities, including Guelph & Area Right to Life.

Guelph Gives will be a catalyst to bring the community together in support of all the good work that happens right here in Guelph.

On December 2nd, we will be asking for your support with a very special project: The Garden of Grace.

The Garden of Grace will be a place of prayer and healing for women who have lost their children during or shortly after pregnancy – including those lost through abortion or miscarriage.  The landscaped garden will feature two beautiful statues: an angel mourning over an empty crib, and Jesus kneeling with a baby in his arms.  It will be located on the grounds of the Church of Our Lady Immaculate.  This garden will be the first of its kind, and a much-needed place of remembrance for so many women and families.

Angel leaning over an empty cradle

This is one of two beautiful statues that will be part of the Garden of Grace.

We will be launching a crowdfunding campaign in support of this project on December 2nd.  Since the Garden of Grace will truly be built by the community, for the community, what better way to start it off than with GuelphGives!

How can you be a part of GuelphGives and making the Garden of Grace a reality?

Help to spread the word about GuelphGives by using the #guelphgives hashtag on twitter.

Visit the Giving Fair at the Quebec St Mall to sign up for volunteer opportunities, donate, and learn more about our project.

Most of all, give!  Whether you’re able to give of your time and talents, or donate, together we can make amazing things happen.

Our Garden of Grace crowdfunding campaign will be continuing in the weeks following Giving Tuesday, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on our progress.

See you next Tuesday!