The devastation in Haiti that moved Canadians from coast to coast hit close to home for many in B.C., particularly in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island. Here, empathy for the earthquake’s victims was magnified by the fact that a similar threat looms over much of this region as well.
Paulette Kinmond of World Vision commends local seniors for responding so rapidly to her organization’s appeals to help Haiti, but suggests they also be prepared for when disaster strikes in their own backyard. “Having your affairs in order is always important, but there’s an added sense of urgency if you live in an area that’s geographically vulnerable.”
Kinmond thinks that the latest earthquake in California may have been a wake-up call for seniors living on B.C.’s West Coast. Some local donors to World Vision were even prompted to take measures that will guarantee their impact on children’s lives continues to endure no matter what.
“One call came from a gentleman who’s 98 and sponsors 105 children,” Kinmond says. “He wanted to make a provision in his will so that the funds are there for them to keep on benefiting from sponsorship even when he passes on.”
But planned giving to a charity like World Vision doesn’t just help children in need: it also helps family members through the charitable estate gift. “The benefits with planned giving can be substantial,” Kinmond says. “If you contact our planned giving department, we’ll work closely with you to maximize these benefits and make sure you meet all your various responsibilities and objectives.”
As Kinmond notes, it often takes a health scare before people start taking a serious look at their will plans to see if they truly represent who they are and what they want their legacy to be. “The problem with that is that you never know what might happen. … Those who’ve gone ahead and ensured their compassion for others will live on say it’s actually helped them to enjoy the present a lot more.”
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