On the first day of giving Lindsay Goertzen gave to the Kelowna Community Food Bank a donation of baby food and formula.
On the second day of giving Lindsay Goertzen gave to the Kelowna Women’s Shelter a package of pampering and hair products.
She’s now 21 days in on a 30 day journey of giving leading up to her 30th birthday, and Lindsay Goertzen has found no shortage of ways to share what she has with others in her community.
“I love people and I especially love helping people and making them feel good,” Lindsay told The Pear Tree.
The former paramedic, who changed gears and launched a mobile spa service called Aura Beauty after a serious illness four years ago, said she has always had a soft spot for people in need. But as the beginning of a new decade loomed, she decided to crank things up a notch or two in commemoration, and chronicle the experience on her Facebook page.
“Giving back for 30 days leading up to my birthday gave me a goal of something to work towards, and making it public made extra sure that I couldn’t slack off,” she said.
She included her husband, Rob, in her plans since they share a birthday (he is turning 40). While they have more traditional ways to celebrate lined up as well, Lindsay felt that celebrating by giving back some of what she was blessed with was a special way to mark the occasion.
“I think donating time, energy and/or resources is very important no matter who you are or what you have. I don’t have a lot, I work hard, try to save and have bills, too, but I just find ways and time to do it because it’s something I love,” Lindsay shared.
Some other ways she’s helped others out include shoveling driveways after Kelowna’s first big dump of snow last week, handing out hot chocolate with her husband and four-year-old daughter to homeless people on Leon Avenue, giving blood to Canadian Blood Services and buying a cup of coffee for a stranger behind her in the drive-thru.
“It’s not much but if it made them smile then maybe they would also do something nice for someone else,” she said of that last one.
She’s also helped to cook a meal at a homeless shelter and rung the bells for the Salvation Army Kettle Campaign.
Pictured above is a letter she wrote to some local veterans on November 11, and a shot of her picking up garbage on the Mission Creek Greenway.
“I hope that during this 30 days I will have inspired others who may have been thinking about volunteering or doing something for the community to just go out and do it,” she said. “There is no right or wrong way to give back and everyone has gifts that they can share to make the world a better place. Some people have financial resources, some have time and some have a special passion or talent they can use. Whatever it is just share it with others, it’s the best feeling ever to make someone else smile.”
Happy Birthday Lindsay – may the blessings you receive from this last you through the next 10 years and beyond!
– Words by Lori-Anne Poirier
– Photos contributed