Season’s Greetings Fellow Investor!!
Quick funny story about political correctness and the holidays, a family member of mine works in a very socially conscious company where instead of a traditional secret santa gift exchange, the plan was a monetary gift exchange. Literally the gifting of cash.
How do you determine how much cash to gift someone? Do you set a limit of say $25 and everyone exchanges $25? lol!
For the Hamilton Basket Brigade, the registered charity my wife and I helped to start and run, we just delivered what we hope is the best Christmas ever to over 130 of Hamilton’s most vulnerable. Men, women, and children received new essentials such as socks, underwear, winter coats and boots. Every kid who came also got a toy thanks to Spinmaster Toys and Nick Ditomaso.
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Everyone loves gifts, but we also wanted to give an experience, hence we unearthed a dancing tyrannosaurus rex; plus Santa Claus, Thor, Valkyrie, and baby Groot volunteered to meet the kids and take pictures with the kids. Many moms also had their picture taken with Thor, who looked the part of the Marvel Superhero.
For the Basket Brigade, we used to pack groceries and deliver them to hundreds of families in the past. In trying to help people, we created many operations problems. We had several fail points, where if one of five volunteers was unavailable, much of the event falls apart, plus we had a couple volunteers working until 10pm every night.
We also had a lot of feedback how customers receiving our baskets were not grateful, or not home. Some were downright rude. Our assumption based on Maslow’s Hierarchy that receiving food is a really big deal if one is without, but that was not the reaction we were getting. I witnessed the same as I’ve delivered at almost every event.
We treat our charity like a business, everything we do is to deliver on our mandate of providing poverty relief with return on investment of dollars and our time. This past Easter we provided 350 Easter dinners, Thanksgiving we provided 40 families their wish lists and 24 more this Christmas. We made the switch to go deeper with the families we help, quality of our charity work vs quantities of food and families.
Our volunteers who participated all reported a better experience, we had consistent feedback from our customers that they enjoyed the experience, many saying it was the best holiday ever. We virtually eliminated all of our failpoints with the format change. But we can never make everyone happy. I still get messages from past volunteers who want to bring back the old format, but that’s just business, you can’t make everyone happy.
Based on our survey results, volunteers who participated in both old and new format prefer the new, 24 to ZERO.
Here is us in the local news media:
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