Why I Give: Rachelle

I felt like it was the right thing to do – to make a corner of the world a little brighter

Why I Give: Rachelle

Rachelle shares why giving to Canadian Feed The Children is important to her

I’m no stranger to challenges.  I was born and raised in Winnipeg and while my mother did her best to provide a good home for my two brothers and I, times were not always easy.

Still, I was blessed to be born in this amazing country and take advantage of many opportunities as a young lady.  I took some courses in college, and I even had the privilege to travel with my girlfriends when school was finished.

I married young, and after many difficult years we parted ways. Now I was 36 and I found myself alone again, without children and without a career.  My mother and brothers had moved out to British Columbia to be with my mother’s family there and I decided to start fresh and joined them there.

In a new city, without a job, I shared a small apartment with my mom and went back to school to get some training.  After a year of unemployment I found a part-time job and then later, full time job and was finally able to move out on my own.  I am grateful to share that I have been at the same job for almost 30 years now and am getting ready to retire.  And I’ve been thinking a lot about what’s next.

Despite all the hardships I always felt giving was important and tried to give to those less fortunate than myself.  I remember always liking to give when I was a child.  We didn’t have much, but I always tried to be generous.  It’s something I’ve carried with me all these years. I felt like it was the right thing to do – to make a corner of the world a little brighter.  Supporting Canadian Feed The Children was one of the ways I did that.

I don’t have any kids of my own and wanted to do something to help other children who were struggling.  I also found out later in my life that I was part Metis – something that had been hidden from our families for years– so helping Indigenous children here in Canada as well as internationally is important to me.

That is why I started supporting Canadian Feed The Children and why I have left them a bequest in my will.  I give monthly, though I can’t give a lot right now. But I know that every bit helps. That’s why it amazes me that I can make a big difference through my bequest.

By including Canadian Feed The Children in my will, I have the ability to make a much bigger gift when I’m gone than I could ever afford while I’m alive.

I think we were put on this earth to help each other and helping children and their families who are struggling gives me a good sense of purpose.  This way my legacy lives on.

You may be able to make a difference as well. I encourage you to speak to your financial advisor to see how you can support Canadian Feed The Children in the future too. You might be surprised that, just like me, you can touch thousands of people’s lives and proudly carry on your family’s legacy.

Canadian Feed The Children has been there for children and their family members in their time of need. I know that there are so many other children in Canada and around the world who need your help now, and who will in the future. I’m incredibly proud to be a part of Canadian Feed The Children’s story in this very special way.

– Rachelle Trudeau, CFTC Legacy Leader

Learn more about how you can make a difference for children and families as a Legacy Leader through Canadian Feed The Children.

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