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Be part of the growing movement to celebrate kindness in Ottawa
Kind Ottawa has become a vibrant movement in our community, encouraging people to “choose to be kind” and recognizing those who engage in everyday acts of kindness.
Kind Ottawa and Kindness Week are now run by the Caring and Sharing Exchange with extensive representation from our community. Founded by the late Rabbi Reuven Bulka (spiritual leader of Congregation Machzikei Hadas, host of CFRA’s Sunday Night with Rabbi Bulka, columnist with The Ottawa Citizen), community leaders and volunteers from across Ottawa employ their resources, experience and enthusiasm to bring Kindness Week to life in Ottawa. In fact, on June 3, 2021, Kindness Week across Canada became law. Senator Jim Munson (Retired) designated the third week of February as Kindness Week which received Royal Assent on June 3, 2021. Canada is the first country in the world to pass such legislation.
We have the ability to create the community we want. Make a conscious choice to contribute and focus on A Kind Ottawa throughout the entire year!
Rabbi Dr. Reuven Bulka, Founder
Kindness was at the core of the person he was, and it will forever be his legacy. He was the kindest man and his care and concern for others, for his communities, and for the world at large was unwavering, anyone who knew him was better for it. Kindness Week is a special tribute to the founder of this wonderful initiative as we continue his work to celebrate and recognize “everyday acts of kindness” and those who “choose to be kind”.
The Rabbi Bulka Memorial Blood Drive
During his lifetime, Rabbi Bulka made 345 blood/platelet donations. We invite you to remember his legacy by making a blood donation in his memory. We can honour the Rabbi’s memory by helping to provide lifesaving blood to local hospitals. You can help by joining the group and donating blood. Join today at https://myaccount.blood.ca/en/join-team/THEC0101707
Follow the steps below to join the team and book an appointment time that works for you.
Join the team today by following these simple steps:
- Register online - Log into or create your blood.ca [blood.ca] account.
- Select The Rabbi Bulka Memorial Blood Drive from the menu and select JOIN THE TEAM
- Scroll down to the bottom of the team page and pick an appointment date and time.
- Be sure to check the eligibility [myaccount.blood.ca] quiz before you book.
Teachers work so hard to support our students!
To show your appreciation for their kindness, care, and knowledge, consider saying thanks in a way that counts by donating to the Sharing in Student Success program in their honour!
Your donation with provide a child in need in Ottawa with a fully supplied backpack. Click on the button below, and select "in honour" to select your card. It is the perfect end of year gift!
A Gift of Hope
Just $40 provides a local child in need with a backpack filled with grade-appropriate school supplies, so they start the school year with their head held high, ready to learn! You also have the option of presenting a digital e-card to the recipient of this special gift.
Help Ottawa Children and Youth Succeed
Supplying backpacks to children from families in need is part of our Sharing in Student Success (SISS) program. Our goal is to supply Ottawa children and youth with backpacks filled with all the supplies needed for their grade level to help them return to school in the fall prepared to face any challenges so they can succeed in their studies. Without programs like SISS to help, many of these young learners would go without.
Maximize Your Gift
At the Caring and Sharing Exchange, we triple every financial gift made to Sharing in Student Success. That means we buy 3 backpacks complete with school supplies for the price of 1!
Teacher Appreciation Gift - FAQs
When will a child receive the backpack?
Backpacks are distributed through agencies around the city prior to the first day of school. We work throughout the summer preparing backpacks, so they are ready in the weeks leading up to the first day of French-language public school.
How do I know a child receiving a backpack really needs it?
All households with children and youth on our list must qualify as low income under the LICO (low income cut-off) measure. This qualification is reviewed by Statistics Canada on an annual basis.
What school supplies are provided in a backpack?
Backpacks are divided by grade level. Each backpack contains all the grade-appropriate school supplies according to the Boards of Education to ensure each child is prepared to participate in all classroom activities, for a successful year of learning.
How many children get backpacks?
In 2022, we were fortunate to provide all 3,213 children on our list with assistance. The demand for back-to-school assistance has significantly increased since 2015, and we expect to see a dramatic increase in registration this year.
Will the teacher know or see the backpack I gift in their name?
For privacy reasons, the teacher will not see the gifted backpack or get to know the child that receives the backpack. However, from time to time we do share stories and testimonials from recipients with donors and in our newsletter.
Can I include a personalized message to my teacher?
Yes! As you complete your donation, you’ll have the option to include a personalized message as part of the e-card you send to your teacher.
Do you supply children in cities other than Ottawa?
We are a local charity and only provide assistance to children and families within the City of Ottawa.