Donate Donation Give Back Charity Million Dollars

Today is the second last day of National Blog Posting Month (#NaBloPoMo)!

Can you believe it? I have written a post everyday (well, a couple times I had to publish two posts in one day due to technical difficulties) for an entire month! Should I continue on into December? I have been thinking about it. I am not sure I would be able to do it though.

If you were given $1,000,000.00 (one million dollars) to use as you wish, how you could not keep it for yourself,
who would you gift the money to and why?

I saw this question online the other day and it got me thinking…

First of all, I would give half of it, $500,000.00 (half a million), to my dad. He has done so much for me throughout my life and has been there whenever I need him. He has worked hard, and I mean really hard, since he was a teen. He started out as a labourer at his dad’s, my grandpa’s, sawmill. He eventually became a partner with my uncle and grandpa. Then, he and my uncle took over the family business together as co-owners of the sawmill.

Sometimes it seems like my dad works non-stop. There were a couple years growing up when he literally did. Every few nights he and grandma would work on the sawmill’s books. I remember going to grandma and grandpa’s and watching him and grandma with their huge dueling calculators spit out number and after number. To this day Dad still works on the sawmill’s books – by hand no less. I have tried convincing him to to use a spreadsheet or two, and I have offered to help set it all up, but he has refused each and every time. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it he says.

Further, my dad was a volunteer ambulance attendant for many years and one year they decided to build a new ambulance shed. Right after working all day at the sawmill – from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm – my dad would head to the new build to lend a helping hand. There were also a few years where he was a member of our hometown’s town council. He is also an active member of the local Catholic church and has often performed a few lay services. My dad believes in giving back and I guess I inherited that trait from him.

To say that my dad deserves such a reward, like this half a million dollars, is an understatement. My dad has been through so much in his life (and has put up with a lot) and I think that the gift of this money would greatly ease his mind. Especially his plans for the future. Because my dad owns his own business, he doesn’t get any benefits. He doesn’t have a pension plan. He only started saving for retirement a few years ago. He still says he will never be able to actually retire. My grandpa never did. In the last few years of his life Grandpa decided to stay closer to home because Grandma was in the early stages of dementia. However, Grandpa worked until the day he passed away. I feel like my dad will do the same thing, if not at the sawmill, in some other capacity.

I would love to be able to gift my dad with such a blessing. It would be a great relief that is for sure. My dad and my step-mom could use the half a million for whatever their hearts desire. I would love to see them both carefree and perhaps, travel the world together.

As for the other half a million… I would split it between a few of my favourite charities.

Our Local SPCA

Canadian Cancer Society

MS Society of Canada

Cystic Fibrosis Canada

These and a few other great organizations would receive a large donation if I were ever to come into a large sum of money!

If you were given $1,000,000.00 but were not allowed to keep it for yourself, who would you gift it to?

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Brandy Reid is a stay at home mom to two very active and hockey obsessed boys. As a former YA librarian, Brandy loves to read and is obsessed with reading everyday whether it be books or blogs. Brandy proudly admits that she is a wee bit addicted to social media, especially Twitter. She also believes that everything in life you can related to the iconic TV Show Friends. No day is complete without chocolate.


  1. peady
    November 29, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    We must think about a lot of the same things. :)

    I have a list at the ready if ever my job application for Philanthropist is accepted. :D

    Your Daddy sounds like a lovely man.

    • Brandy
      November 30, 2014 at 10:44 PM

      Are we twins separated a birth? Haha!

      My dad is the awesomest! Although I may be biased because he is mine. :)

      • peady
        December 1, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        Hee hee! :D

        It’s nice to have an awesome Dad!

        • Brandy
          December 1, 2014 at 11:56 AM

          Dads are the best!

          • peady
            December 1, 2014 at 7:31 PM

            Nice Dads sure are! :D

  2. Randa @ The Bewitchin' Kitchen
    December 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    That is a great questions. I would give $100,000 to Ronald McDonald House and then split the rest between the parents.

    • Brandy
      December 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Ronald McDonald House is such an important cause. I love that you would donate to them.

  3. jenn
    December 1, 2014 at 10:54 AM

    What great list of donation ideas! Your dad sounds like an amazing man! I hope you get that mill so you can honor him! ;)

    • Brandy
      December 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM

      Aww, thank you Jenn! Maybe someday!

  4. Jennifer (@momvstheboys)
    December 1, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    such a good question, I also have a few family members that could use some assistance (not nearly as deserving as your dad though!)

    • Brandy
      December 1, 2014 at 11:54 AM

      That’s awesome Jennifer! If only we could really give this money!

  5. paula schuck
    December 1, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    I obviously haven;t been here for a bit because I am awestruck at how gorgeous this looks now!! Great blog makeover lady. Love it. So as for one million dollars well I have a ton of plans for that money too. I would want to set something up for kids with special needs that is a respite program or camp or school that gets them. I would also gift some to World Vision Canada I think.

    • Brandy
      December 1, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Aww, thank you so much Paula! I love the new look of your site too!

      And love the idea of setting up a program for kids with special needs. That is fantastic! World Vision is a great organization as well.

  6. Jody @ Mommy Moment
    December 1, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    I would have a number of places that I would like to donate too – i’d also like to help out some families.

    • Brandy
      December 1, 2014 at 11:52 AM

      You do amazing things for your community. I love how you donate all of your gift guide submissions to kids in need of a Christmas gift.

  7. Stephanie Keeping
    December 2, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    What a great post! I would donate some too.

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