Every Christmas I watch smaltzy movies with my family. I love to hate them: shallow, predictable, unrealistic. One of them, Holiday Calendar, stood out as it was filmed in our beloved Niagara-on-the-Lake. A scene caught me off guard. The rich boyfriend tried to impress the heroine by taking her to “soup kitchen” to show off his compassionate side. However, while there he spent all of his time in the kitchen and did not interact with community members. The heroine spent time with community members who told her that the rich boyfriend often took different women to the centre to create a caring persona but that he never spent any time with community members. I am sure that everyone “gets something” out of volunteering. The scene, however, was a useful challenge to me to examine my motivations as well as to reflect on how my involvement is perceived by community members.