50 Gifts that give back 2020

With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday shopping season has officially begun, and with it, we have #GivingTuesday. Each year, I publish a list of gifts that give back to those in need.

I always keep the previous year’s list and

add 10 new companies.

This year, we have 50 companies!

I have gone through the list to check links and see if the companies are still active. A few changes were necessary, and I’ve compensated for a few losses. If you have one to add, please do so in the comment section, with a link and description! Thank you!


Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Yule (the pagan celebration of the winter solstice), this is the season for giving. It is my hope to help people get past the hustle and bustle, the decorating, the baking, annual holiday Letter, and get to the heart of the reason for the season: love of others, and giving to others.

What better way to do that than give a gift that gives back to those less fortunate?

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It all began about 7 years ago when I worked for a local Credit Union. Part of my job there was to write their blog. Every year at this time, I would post my annual list of GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK: a list of organizations that sell items with one great bonus, with every purchase, something is donated to those less fortunate. I missed doing this, and decided to get back to it. I post a list of some of my favorite gifts that give back. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you’ll know that one of my favorite things to do is highlight non-profit organizations. So, it seemed natural to include this list each year. (I’ll also post a link to this list on my sidebar, so you can access it quickly, should you need to.)

This year,  I have a list of 40 different organizations. If you have an organization not on the list, PLEASE feel free to post a link in the comments, along with a description, for everyone to see. THANKS

ON TO THIS YEAR’S LIST!

Everybody by Dutton Farm

Everybody employs people with developmental disabilities,

“Over the last several years, Everybody Inc has employed 15 people and provided over 8,000 hours of employment.   These hours of employment that Everybody has created equate to financial freedom and independence, buying power, dignity, and economic stimulation in our local community.  Most of all, the impact of our brand brings equality and respect to individuals with developmental disabilities.”

Autism Speaks

“Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.”

GlobeIn

GlobIn is a monthly subscription box service.

“We started GlobeIn with the vision that there are millions of people working really hard around the world producing great products that are both beautiful and practical.”

“GlobeIn is a purpose-driven company growing in parallel with entrepreneurial artisan partners from around the world with the aim of enriching individuals and their communities. We are devoted to transparent business practices, equitable and sustainable partnerships, and respect for cultural continuity. We strive to connect conscious consumers with delightful products and the talented artisans who make them, thereby strengthening the bonds of our global community.”

Cause Box

Cause Box is a quarterly subscription box service

“We’re committed to supporting small scale makers and artisans as a way to end poverty and protect the planet. We are passionate about women’s empowerment and creating opportunities for marginalized and disadvantaged populations.”

Earth Love

Earth Love is a quarterly subscription box service

“Every box supports a cause voted by the Earthlove community. We partner with environmental non-profits each season who protect our ecosystems.”

Best Friends Animal Society

“The mission of Best Friends Animal Society is to bring about a time when there are No More Homeless Pets.  We believe that by working together we can Save Them All”

The Noonday Collection

Keeping Families Together

“In many places around the world, children are orphaned or abandoned because of poverty. We believe that no parent should have to make the devastating choice to give up a child because they cannot afford to care for them. By partnering with local Artisan Businesses in vulnerable communities, we help families earn stable, dignified incomes that allow them to keep their families together.”

Crave Naturals

A portion of every purchase is donated to WIGS FOR KIDS.

Wigs for Kids is a non-profit organization that provides hair replacement pieces for kids that have lost their hair due to cancer, alopecia, burns, etc. This organization is very dear to our hearts and we are so grateful to connect with you and be part of this movement, together. 

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Illusion Photography

A portion of the proceeds from every purchase are donated to Living Heart Peru.

“Living Heart is a charity that is near and dear to our hearts.  Having traveled out to Peru in 2017, it is our goal to bring color to the lives of children living in some of the most impoverished and remote areas of Peru.  For every sale made on IllusionPhotograph.com, a percentage of each sale will be donated back to Living Heart

Adventurist Backpack Company

For every backpack purchased, 25 meals are provided to families in need across the U.S.

“There is more food produced on the planet than can be eaten. At the end of each harvest, there are farmers around the world that have to throw away their excess produce that isn’t purchased by major supermarket chains or restaurants. Through Feeding America, Adventurist buys this excess food in bulk from farmers across the U.S. and then distributes it to food banks in each state, helping to reduce the food waste in our country, support local farmers, and provide nutrition for families in need.

We work alongside the leading, national hunger non-profit Feeding America, to help provide meals to families across the U.S. This includes donations to over 200 food banks nationwide (such as Food Bank of the Rockies, Utah Food Bank, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, and many more), helping to reduce the number of families affected by malnutrition and starvation.”

One Hope Wine

“ONE HOPE was founded by eight friends with a lofty vision: to create exceptional products that inspire people to indulge while doing good. Our commitment to quality wine is as important as our commitment to the causes we support. To date we have made nearly $5 million in donations, planted 105,172 trees, helped 65,267 pets to find a forever home, helped provide 2,758,428 meals for children, and delivered 190,802 vaccines to end Neglected Tropical Diseases.” ~ One Hope Wine

OneGrid Candles

Every candle purchase delivers a solar light to a person living without electricity in a rural part of the world.” ~ OneGrid Candles

Able

“ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. We’re deeply devoted to quality – both in the products we make and the quality of life we aim to provide. We invest in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive.” ~ Able

Taste of Immokalee

“Farm-fresh ingredients are used to create great tasting salsa and sauces. Profits from the sale of our products are used to alleviate the extreme poverty in our hometown of Immokalee, Florida.”

Working with business mentors in both classroom and field settings, our youth entrepreneurship program gives students from Immokalee and Naples real-world business experience.

Students learn to solve problems and make a positive impact in their world. 100% of the profits are returned to Immokalee, changing the lives of our students, their families, and the community.”

“Taste of Immokalee products meet the highest quality standards and align with the growing demand for products that are low calorie, low or no fat, and cholesterol free. When you purchase our specialty items, you’re getting far more than great-tasting, healthy products. You’re also helping to break the cycle of poverty in Immokalee and create a bright future for our students.” ~ Taste of Immokalee


Gifts for Good

“Our gifts support the work of over 40 nonprofits and social enterprises in 19 states and 65 countries around the globe—in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, North America, & Europe.” ~ Gifts for Good

Feed Projects

“FEED is an impact driven lifestyle brand with an enduring principle at the heart of what we do—that people’s choices of what to buy and wear have the power to change the world. We offer meaningful ways for you to make a difference, from the bags you carry, to the places you gather, to the meals you share.

Hunger is a daily reality for approximately 795 million people, and one of the most effective solution to combat this crisis is school feeding. With every product we sell, we provide school meals to the most vulnerable communities across the globe, through on-the-ground partners.” ~ Feed Projects

Krochet Kids

“Our products, our non-profit partners, and our community work in unison to help people break the cycle of poverty.

We provide life-changing job opportunities to women in need. With each purchase you make we introduce you to the woman who made your product and invite you to visit her online profile to learn more about her.” ~ Krochet Kids

Me to We

“ME to WE Artisans was created in 2010, to connect women in Kenya’s Maasai Mara to a wider market and a fair wage for their beautiful, traditional beadwork. Nearly a decade later, we now work with over 1,800 extraordinary makers in Kenya and Ecuador, from artisans to leatherworkers and cacao farmers, who we’re honored to call not just partners, but friends—skilled entrepreneurs who are leading their families and communities to a bright future.

Each ME to WE product gives back to these same families and communities in one of five ways—helping provide education, clean water, health care, food security and financial opportunity. When you give a ME to WE gift, you’re part of something so much bigger than a simple gesture. You’re part of a sustainable cycle of good. And through our Track Your Impact promise, you get to see where and how you changed lives, with stories about the people and places behind every purchase.” ~ Me to We

Detroit Friends Potato Chips

“Once upon a time the Hope District bustled with work that created wealth, dignity, and optimism. Residents and workers were warned that these economic boom times were threatened by global competition and complacency but they did not take heed. Because of that, things began to decline. Consequently, residents and workers lost wealth, dignity, and optimism. Until one day our community came together and created Detroit  Friends Potato Chips food product as a way to add new purpose to vacant lots inside of the Hope District which in turn created opportunities for new employment that has created wealth, work, and helped to regain our dignity.

 Some of the potatoes for these were born on a vacant lot in Detroit’s Hope District. They were nursed is our soup kitchen for mentally and physically challenged. They are made by community activists in an effort  to bring work, hope and dignity to our vulnerable community. Some proceeds go to maintain the soup Kitchen and to create other financially sustainable grassroots projects.” ~ Detroit Friends Potato Chips

Hand in Hand Soap

In 2011, we stumbled upon an article stating 5 million children die each year from water related illnesses. After some research, we learned that 45% of these deaths could be prevented with simple hand washing alone. We decided to create a household product that could also save lives and Hand in Hand Soap was born!

To us, finding the right non-profit to partner was about working with an established organization,  with people we liked and trusted. We found the perfect match with world-wide child advocacy group, My Neighbor’s Children. Through them we focus our donations in Haiti because they have been working there for the past 25 years & understand where the need is greatest. ” Hand in Hand Soap

For every bar purchased, Hand in Hand donates one bar of soap and one month of clean water to children in Haiti.

Yoobi

WHAT WE GIVE:

THE YOOBI CLASSROOM PACK:

“We determined the most fundamental tools to support learning and creativity, and we identified which items teachers are most likely to buy for their classrooms out of their own pocket. We then made special Yoobi school supplies and boxed them up to create a Yoobi classroom pack.”

Dopper water bottle

“For each bottle sold, Dopper gives 5% of the sales to both water and sanitation projects, helping to increase access to clean drinking water”

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Packed with Purpose

From the founder:

A few years ago, I discovered a way to embed the act of doing good into the gifts we give. Packed with Purpose was born out of my desire to create social impact while recognizing the importance of gifting in fostering meaningful relationships.

My experience as a Peace Corps Volunteer and social impact consultant inspired me to create these gifts that give back.

Our gifts create deep societal impact through the everyday act of gift-giving, delighting gift givers and recipients alike. From empowering women in need of a second chance to supporting sustainability efforts, our gifts help transform lives, enrich communities, and preserve the environment.            

Whether you’re looking for gifts for business clients, employees or friends, I hope our gifts leave you feeling more inspired than ever.      

Together, we can create more impact.

With Gratitude,

— Leeatt Rothschild

Good Spread Honey Peanut Butter

” When you buy a jar of Good Spread, you send a treatment of MANA Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food to a malnourished child. We believe that the collective action of socially conscious consumers can put a dent in global malnutrition. “

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Sprout Plantable Pencils

“Plants from pencils? That’s right – once you’ve finished with your Sprout pencil, plant it and watch it grow into fragrant herbs, luscious flowers or even fresh vegetables.”

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Love Your Melon

“…donates 50% of the profits to support pediatric cancer research and families affected by cancer.”

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Lula’s Garden

“…supports organizations that help improve lives around the world by providing access to safe water.”

State.com

“For every STATE bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack – packed with essential tools for success –

to an American child in need.”

Cuddle + Kind

“…for every doll sold, cuddle+kind gives 10 meals to children in need.”

Thistle Farms

“…HEALS, EMPOWERS, AND EMPLOYS women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.”

Better World Books

…Will donate one book to someone in need, for every book sold.

To The Market

“…promotes and sells items made by survivors of abuse, conflict or disease from around the world. “

LTSN

” Proceeds from sales of all LSTN products go towards giving hearing aids to people in need worldwide through our charity partner,

Starkey Hearing Foundation.”

Found My Animal

…supports animal adoptions over purchase. Donates profits to animal rescue organizations around the country.”

Every Mother Counts

“…make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.  The Orange Rose is a powerful reminder that safer motherhood is possible. It represents a beautiful, vibrant and strong life, like that of a mother who has been supported through pregnancy and childbirth.

Learn more at everymothercounts.org

 

Grounds and Hounds

“20% of all proceeds received by Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. will be donated to our rescue partner located closest to you.”

Bombas Socks

“… is built from the ground up around the idea of sock donations. The more socks we sell, the more we donate. And as we grow, our giving and community efforts will continue to grow right alongside us.

One pair purchased = One pair donated.”

3rd Eye View

” Besides selling glasses and sunglasses, the company collaborates with community partners to provide local vision screenings, eye exams and new eyewear to anyone in need

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Red.org

“….partners with the world’s most iconic brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund [to help fight AIDS.]”

The Starling Project

“…provides solar energy to communities in need around the world.”

Faucet Face

“…donates a portion of their profits to help residents of a rural Indian village have access to clean drinking water.”

Global Goods Partners

“…is dedicated to empowering women to become economically independent by selling handmade goods.”

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Hiptipico

“… is an ethical fashion brand based in Panajachel, Guatemala showcasing Maya artisans and their handmade creations. Every Hiptipico item is thoughtfully handcrafted by indigenous communities, using high-quality sustainable materials….When you shop with Hiptipico, you know the authentic story of the artisan who made your product and the traditional technique and materials used to craft it. Through this dignified job opportunity, Maya artisans partner with Hiptipico to lift themselves out of poverty while doing something they love.”

Out of Print Clothing

“Purchases of Out of Print products help fund literacy programs and book donations for communities in need.”

Toms

 “For every $3 we make, we give $1 away

As the original One for One® company, our community has given almost 100 million shoes to people in need. And while shoes can have a big impact, 13 years of using business to improve lives has taught us that giving shoes and grants can have an even bigger impact. So, moving forward, TOMS will dedicate at least one-third of our net annual profits to a giving fund managed by our very own Giving Team. We’ll then distribute shoes and grants according to an annual investment plan that reflects the needs of the organizations we partner with, as well as the causes you care about most.”

Bloom and Give

“…donates 50% of the profits to help fund programs that send girls [in India] to school”

Love 41

100% of proceeds go to fund Africa New Life Ministries, to help those affected by Rwandan Genocide, as well as the following organizations:

  • Africa New Life Dream Day Care (free daycare for those attending training for sewing or beauty school in Rwanda)
  • Africa New Life Women’s Center Vocational School (sewing and beauty school for widows, single parents and women in severe poverty to gain a skill to make money to support for their families)
  • Child sponsorship for orphans and street kids in Rwanda
  • Leonsito’s Day Care in Mexico (free day care for single parents and low income families)
  • After school program in Leon,Mexico to help school children with their homework and teach English
  • Scholarships for Bible education for orphans, abandoned children and children in great need

Fire Department Coffee

A portion of every sale is donated to Firefighter and military charities.

Sudara

“…is a Certified Benefit Corporation that exists to advocate on behalf of and empower women who have escaped from, or at the highest risk of, human trafficking by providing dignified employment opportunities. “

United By Blue

“For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from our world’s oceans and waterways.”

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That’s all for this year.

Remember:

This is just a handful of organizations

who give back to the world.

If you have an organization

not on the list,

PLEASE feel free to post a link

in the comments,

along with a description,

for everyone to see.

THANKS!

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The Wellness Mindset~ Social Wellness: 40 Gifts that give back 2019

With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday shopping season has officially begun, and with it, we have #GivingTuesday. Each year, I publish a list of gifts that give back to those in need.

I always keep the previous year’s list and add 10 new companies. This year, we have 40! I have gone through the list to check links and see if the companies are still active. A few changes were necessary, and I’ve compensated for a few losses. If you have one to add, please do so in the comment section, with a link and description! Thank you!


Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Yule (the pagan celebration of the winter solstice), this is the season for giving. It is my hope to help people get past the hustle and bustle, the decorating, the baking, annual holiday Letter, and get to the heart of the reason for the season: love of others, and giving to others.

What better way to do that than give a gift that gives back to those less fortunate?

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It all began about 6 years ago when I worked for a local Credit Union. Part of my job there was to write their blog. Every year at this time, I would post my annual list of GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK: a list of organizations that sell items with one great bonus, with every purchase, something is donated to those less fortunate. I missed doing this, and decided to get back to it. I post a list of some of my favorite gifts that give back. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you’ll know that one of my favorite things to do is highlight non-profit organizations. So, it seemed natural to include this list each year. (I’ll also post a link to this list on my sidebar, so you can access it quickly, should you need to.)

This year,  I have a list of 40 different organizations. If you have an organization not on the list, PLEASE feel free to post a link in the comments, along with a description, for everyone to see. THANKS

ONTO THIS YEAR’S LIST!

One Hope Wine

“ONE HOPE was founded by eight friends with a lofty vision: to create exceptional products that inspire people to indulge while doing good. Our commitment to quality wine is as important as our commitment to the causes we support. To date we have made nearly $5 million in donations, planted 105,172 trees, helped 65,267 pets to find a forever home, helped provide 2,758,428 meals for children, and delivered 190,802 vaccines to end Neglected Tropical Diseases.” ~ One Hope Wine

OneGrid Candles

Every candle purchase delivers a solar light to a person living without electricity in a rural part of the world.” ~ OneGrid Candles

Able

“ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. We’re deeply devoted to quality – both in the products we make and the quality of life we aim to provide. We invest in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive.” ~ Able

Taste of Immokalee

“Farm-fresh ingredients are used to create great tasting salsa and sauces. Profits from the sale of our products are used to alleviate the extreme poverty in our hometown of Immokalee, Florida.”

Working with business mentors in both classroom and field settings, our youth entrepreneurship program gives students from Immokalee and Naples real-world business experience.

Students learn to solve problems and make a positive impact in their world. 100% of the profits are returned to Immokalee, changing the lives of our students, their families, and the community.”

“Taste of Immokalee products meet the highest quality standards and align with the growing demand for products that are low calorie, low or no fat, and cholesterol free. When you purchase our specialty items, you’re getting far more than great-tasting, healthy products. You’re also helping to break the cycle of poverty in Immokalee and create a bright future for our students.” ~ Taste of Immokalee


Gifts for Good

“Our gifts support the work of over 40 nonprofits and social enterprises in 19 states and 65 countries around the globe—in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, North America, & Europe.” ~ Gifts for Good

Feed Projects

“FEED is an impact driven lifestyle brand with an enduring principle at the heart of what we do—that people’s choices of what to buy and wear have the power to change the world. We offer meaningful ways for you to make a difference, from the bags you carry, to the places you gather, to the meals you share.

Hunger is a daily reality for approximately 795 million people, and one of the most effective solution to combat this crisis is school feeding. With every product we sell, we provide school meals to the most vulnerable communities across the globe, through on-the-ground partners.” ~ Feed Projects

Krochet Kids

“Our products, our non-profit partners, and our community work in unison to help people break the cycle of poverty.

We provide life-changing job opportunities to women in need. With each purchase you make we introduce you to the woman who made your product and invite you to visit her online profile to learn more about her.” ~ Krochet Kids

Me to We

“ME to WE Artisans was created in 2010, to connect women in Kenya’s Maasai Mara to a wider market and a fair wage for their beautiful, traditional beadwork. Nearly a decade later, we now work with over 1,800 extraordinary makers in Kenya and Ecuador, from artisans to leatherworkers and cacao farmers, who we’re honored to call not just partners, but friends—skilled entrepreneurs who are leading their families and communities to a bright future.

Each ME to WE product gives back to these same families and communities in one of five ways—helping provide education, clean water, health care, food security and financial opportunity. When you give a ME to WE gift, you’re part of something so much bigger than a simple gesture. You’re part of a sustainable cycle of good. And through our Track Your Impact promise, you get to see where and how you changed lives, with stories about the people and places behind every purchase.” ~ Me to We

Detroit Friends Potato Chips

“Once upon a time the Hope District bustled with work that created wealth, dignity, and optimism. Residents and workers were warned that these economic boom times were threatened by global competition and complacency but they did not take heed. Because of that, things began to decline. Consequently, residents and workers lost wealth, dignity, and optimism. Until one day our community came together and created Detroit  Friends Potato Chips food product as a way to add new purpose to vacant lots inside of the Hope District which in turn created opportunities for new employment that has created wealth, work, and helped to regain our dignity.

 Some of the potatoes for these were born on a vacant lot in Detroit’s Hope District. They were nursed is our soup kitchen for mentally and physically challenged. They are made by community activists in an effort  to bring work, hope and dignity to our vulnerable community. Some proceeds go to maintain the soup Kitchen and to create other financially sustainable grassroots projects.” ~ Detroit Friends Potato Chips

Hand in Hand Soap

In 2011, we stumbled upon an article stating 5 million children die each year from water related illnesses. After some research, we learned that 45% of these deaths could be prevented with simple hand washing alone. We decided to create a household product that could also save lives and Hand in Hand Soap was born!

To us, finding the right non-profit to partner was about working with an established organization,  with people we liked and trusted. We found the perfect match with world-wide child advocacy group, My Neighbor’s Children. Through them we focus our donations in Haiti because they have been working there for the past 25 years & understand where the need is greatest. ” Hand in Hand Soap

For every bar purchased, Hand in Hand donates one bar of soap and one month of clean water to children in Haiti.

Yoobi

WHAT WE GIVE:

THE YOOBI CLASSROOM PACK:

“We determined the most fundamental tools to support learning and creativity, and we identified which items teachers are most likely to buy for their classrooms out of their own pocket. We then made special Yoobi school supplies and boxed them up to create a Yoobi classroom pack.”

Dopper water bottle

“For each bottle sold, Dopper gives 5% of the sales to both water and sanitation projects, helping to increase access to clean drinking water”

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Net Effect Traders

“NET Effects is an international team of high energy entrepreneurial women who share a vision to bring fun, fabulously designed, carefully crafted, fashion conscious handbags and totes to savvy shoppers and international markets.

At the same time NET Effects champions sustainable and positive change for the disenfranchised of Cambodia. Through our fair trade socially conscious business we are providing quality training, great work environments, good wages, dignity and economic freedom.

We hope you share in our vision to break the cycle of poverty in a brutal environment by supporting these women and the beautiful and unique bags they have created.”

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Good Spread Honey Peanut Butter

” When you buy a jar of Good Spread, you send a treatment of MANA Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food to a malnourished child. We believe that the collective action of socially conscious consumers can put a dent in global malnutrition. “

good-spread.jpg

Sprout Plantable Pencils

“Plants from pencils? That’s right – once you’ve finished with your Sprout pencil, plant it and watch it grow into fragrant herbs, luscious flowers or even fresh vegetables.”

1522856624-7198eC587-L._SL1500_.jpg

Love Your Melon

“…donates 50% of the profits to support pediatric cancer research and families affected by cancer.”

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Lula’s Garden

“…supports organizations that help improve lives around the world by providing access to safe water.”

State.com

“For every STATE bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack – packed with essential tools for success –

to an American child in need.”

Cuddle + Kind

“…for every doll sold, cuddle+kind gives 10 meals to children in need.”

Thistle Farms

“…HEALS, EMPOWERS, AND EMPLOYS women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.”

Better World Books

…Will donate one book to someone in need, for every book sold.

To The Market

“…promotes and sells items made by survivors of abuse, conflict or disease from around the world. “

LTSN

” Proceeds from sales of all LSTN products go towards giving hearing aids to people in need worldwide through our charity partner,

Starkey Hearing Foundation.”

Found My Animal

…supports animal adoptions over purchase. Donates profits to animal rescue organizations around the country.”

Every Mother Counts

“…make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.  The Orange Rose is a powerful reminder that safer motherhood is possible. It represents a beautiful, vibrant and strong life, like that of a mother who has been supported through pregnancy and childbirth.

Learn more at everymothercounts.org

 

Grounds and Hounds

“20% of all proceeds received by Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. will be donated to our rescue partner located closest to you.”

Bombas Socks

“… is built from the ground up around the idea of sock donations. The more socks we sell, the more we donate. And as we grow, our giving and community efforts will continue to grow right alongside us.

One pair purchased = One pair donated.”

Cheeky Home

“…creates modern mealtime solutions with a
witty spirit to help end hunger in the U.S. … For every item sold, one meal will be provided in partnership with Feeding America and No Kid Hungry

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Red.org

“….partners with the world’s most iconic brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund [to help fight AIDS.]”

The Starling Project

“…provides solar energy to communities in need around the world.”

Faucet Face

“…donates a portion of their profits to help residents of a rural Indian village have access to clean drinking water.”

Global Goods Partners

“…is dedicated to empowering women to become economically independent by selling handmade goods.”

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Hiptipico

“… is an ethical fashion brand based in Panajachel, Guatemala showcasing Maya artisans and their handmade creations. Every Hiptipico item is thoughtfully handcrafted by indigenous communities, using high-quality sustainable materials….When you shop with Hiptipico, you know the authentic story of the artisan who made your product and the traditional technique and materials used to craft it. Through this dignified job opportunity, Maya artisans partner with Hiptipico to lift themselves out of poverty while doing something they love.”

Out of Print Clothing

“Purchases of Out of Print products help fund literacy programs and book donations for communities in need.”

Toms

 “For every pair of shoes purchased, Toms gives a pair to someone in need. Toms is also committed to giving a third of its annual net profits away in the form of grants.”

Bloom and Give

“…donates 50% of the profits to help fund programs that send girls [in India] to school”

Love 41

100% of proceeds go to fund Africa New Life Ministries, to help those affected by Rwandan Genocide, as well as the following organizations:

  • Africa New Life Dream Day Care (free daycare for those attending training for sewing or beauty school in Rwanda)
  • Africa New Life Women’s Center Vocational School (sewing and beauty school for widows, single parents and women in severe poverty to gain a skill to make money to support for their families)
  • Child sponsorship for orphans and street kids in Rwanda
  • Leonsito’s Day Care in Mexico (free day care for single parents and low income families)
  • After school program in Leon,Mexico to help school children with their homework and teach English
  • Scholarships for Bible education for orphans, abandoned children and children in great need

Fire Department Coffee

A portion of every sale is donated to Firefighter and military charities.

Sudara

“…is a Certified Benefit Corporation that exists to advocate on behalf of and empower women who have escaped from, or at the highest risk of, human trafficking by providing dignified employment opportunities. “

United By Blue

“For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from our world’s oceans and waterways.”

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That’s all for this year.

Remember:

This is just a handful of organizations

who give back to the world.

If you have an organization

not on the list,

PLEASE feel free to post a link

in the comments,

along with a description,

for everyone to see.

THANKS!

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Gifts that give back 2018

With Thanksgiving behind us, the holiday shopping season has officially begun, and with it, Cyber-Monday and #GivingTuesday. Each year, I publish a list of gifts that give back to those in need.

This year, I’ve decided to keep last year’s list and add 5 new companies to the list, for a total of 30! If you have one to add, please do so in the comment section, with a link and description! Thank you!


Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Yule (the pagan celebration of the winter solstice), this is the season for giving. It is my hope to help people get past the hustle and bustle, the decorating, the baking, annual holiday Letter, and get to the heart of the reason for the season: love of others, and giving to others.

What better way to do that than give a gift that gives back to those less fortunate?

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About 6 years ago, I worked for a local Credit Union. Part of my job there was to write their blog. Every year at this time, I would post my annual list of GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK: a list of organizations that sell items with one great bonus, with every purchase, something is donated to those less fortunate. I miss doing this, and decided to get back to it. Starting this year, I’ll post a list of some of my favorite gifts that give back. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you’ll know that one of my favorite things to do is highlight non-profit organizations. So, it seemed natural to include this list each year. (I’ll also post a link to this list on my sidebar, so you can access it quickly, should you need to.)

This year,  I have a list of 30 different organizations. If you have an organization not on the list, PLEASE feel free to post a link in the comments, along with a description, for everyone to see. THANKS!

ONTO THIS YEAR’S LIST!

Yoobi

WHAT WE GIVE:

THE YOOBI CLASSROOM PACK:

“We determined the most fundamental tools to support learning and creativity, and we identified which items teachers are most likely to buy for their classrooms out of their own pocket. We then made special Yoobi school supplies and boxed them up to create a Yoobi classroom pack.”

 

Dopper water bottle

“For each bottle sold, Dopper gives 5% of the sales to both water and sanitation projects, helping to increase access to clean drinking water”

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Net Effect Traders

“NET Effects is an international team of high energy entrepreneurial women who share a vision to bring fun, fabulously designed, carefully crafted, fashion conscious handbags and totes to savvy shoppers and international markets.

At the same time NET Effects champions sustainable and positive change for the disenfranchised of Cambodia. Through our fair trade socially conscious business we are providing quality training, great work environments, good wages, dignity and economic freedom.

We hope you share in our vision to break the cycle of poverty in a brutal environment by supporting these women and the beautiful and unique bags they have created.”

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Good Spread Honey Peanut Butter

” When you buy a jar of Good Spread, you send a treatment of MANA Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food to a malnourished child. We believe that the collective action of socially conscious consumers can put a dent in global malnutrition. “

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Sprout Plantable Pencils

“Plants from pencils? That’s right – once you’ve finished with your Sprout pencil, plant it and watch it grow into fragrant herbs, luscious flowers or even fresh vegetables.”

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Love Your Melon

“…donates 50% of the profits to support pediatric cancer research and families affected by cancer.”

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Lula’s Garden

“…supports organizations that help improve lives around the world by providing access to safe water.”

State.com

“For every STATE bag purchased, STATE hand-delivers a backpack – packed with essential tools for success –

to an American child in need.”

Cuddle + Kind

“…for every doll sold, cuddle+kind gives 10 meals to children in need.”

Thistle Farms

“…HEALS, EMPOWERS, AND EMPLOYS women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.”

Better World Books

…Will donate one book to someone in need, for every book sold.

To The Market

“…promotes and sells items made by survivors of abuse, conflict or disease from around the world. “

LTSN

” Proceeds from sales of all LSTN products go towards giving hearing aids to people in need worldwide through our charity partner,

Starkey Hearing Foundation.”

Found My Animal

…supports animal adoptions over purchase. Donates profits to animal rescue organizations around the country.”

Every Mother Counts

“…make pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother, everywhere.  The Orange Rose is a powerful reminder that safer motherhood is possible. It represents a beautiful, vibrant and strong life, like that of a mother who has been supported through pregnancy and childbirth.

Learn more at everymothercounts.org

Grounds and Hounds

“20% of all proceeds received by Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co. will be donated to our rescue partner located closest to you.”

Bombas Socks

“… is built from the ground up around the idea of sock donations. The more socks we sell, the more we donate. And as we grow, our giving and community efforts will continue to grow right alongside us.

One pair purchased = One pair donated.”

Cheeky Home

“…creates modern mealtime solutions with a
witty spirit to help end hunger in the U.S. … For every item sold, one meal will be provided in partnership with Feeding America and No Kid Hungry

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Red.org

“….partners with the world’s most iconic brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund [to help fight AIDS.]”

The Starling Project

“…provides solar energy to communities in need around the world.”

Faucet Face

“…donates a portion of their profits to help residents of a rural Indian village have access to clean drinking water.”

Global Goods Partners

“…is dedicated to empowering women to become economically independent by selling handmade goods.”

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Hiptipico

“… is an ethical fashion brand based in Panajachel, Guatemala showcasing Maya artisans and their handmade creations. Every Hiptipico item is thoughtfully handcrafted by indigenous communities, using high-quality sustainable materials….When you shop with Hiptipico, you know the authentic story of the artisan who made your product and the traditional technique and materials used to craft it. Through this dignified job opportunity, Maya artisans partner with Hiptipico to lift themselves out of poverty while doing something they love.”

 

Out of Print Clothing

“Purchases of Out of Print products help fund literacy programs and book donations for communities in need.”

 

Shopping for Change

 “…is a non-profit that supports small businesses and works to fund community improvement projects in artisan communities.”

Bloom and Give

“…donates 50% of the profits to help fund programs that send girls [in India] to school”

Love 41

100% of proceeds go to fund Africa New Life Ministries, to help those affected by Rwandan Genocide, as well as the following organizations:

  • Africa New Life Dream Day Care (free daycare for those attending training for sewing or beauty school in Rwanda)
  • Africa New Life Women’s Center Vocational School (sewing and beauty school for widows, single parents and women in severe poverty to gain a skill to make money to support for their families)
  • Child sponsorship for orphans and street kids in Rwanda
  • Leonsito’s Day Care in Mexico (free day care for single parents and low income families)
  • After school program in Leon,Mexico to help school children with their homework and teach English
  • Scholarships for Bible education for orphans, abandoned children and children in great need

Fire Department Coffee

A portion of every sale is donated to Firefighter and military charities.

Sudara

“…is a Certified Benefit Corporation that exists to advocate on behalf of and empower women who have escaped from, or at the highest risk of, human trafficking by providing dignified employment opportunities. “

United By Blue

“For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from our world’s oceans and waterways.”

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That’s all for this year.

Remember:

This is just a handful of organizations

who give back to the world.

If you have an organization

not on the list,

PLEASE feel free to post a link

in the comments,

along with a description,

for everyone to see.

THANKS!

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Light the World Vending Machines Offer Chance to Give Instead of Get – LDS.org

Another way to give to the less fortunate this holiday season!

Light the World Vending Machines

Currently, these giving vending machines are only in New York City. Hopefully, they will spread across the country!


As part of its annual Light the World campaign for the Christmas season, the Church has placed vending machines that offer customers the chance to buy for and serve others instead of themselves.

Source: Light the World Vending Machines Offer Chance to Give Instead of Get – Church News and Events

Touching Lives: Active Heroes

Since today is Veteran’s day and a federal holiday, my better half is home from work, so I’ll be spending my time with him. In place of my usual Monday article, I am reposting this article about the non-profit organization called ACTIVE HEROES. They try to raise awareness about the epidemic of Veteran suicide. I’ll be back on Thursday with my next Fit by 50 post.


HERE IS THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE (UPDATED)

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On April 17, 2010, Troy Yokum set out on a 17 month hike across America, but the story of the non-profit organization Active Heroes goes back much farther than that, to December 7, 1941 to be exact, the day Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.

You see, Troy’s grandfather, Joseph Leake, was one of 3 brothers from Raywick, Kentucky who walked 30 miles to Lebanon, Kentucky, the day after the bombing, to enlist in the military to help fight. According to the Active Heroes website, the brothers went to separate locations, and Joseph spent the war in the Pacific, helping to supply the Army troops. All three brothers survived the war, and returned to factory jobs at home.

Things weren’t going well for Joseph, however. Joseph suffered from depression and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and committed suicide in 1980.

After Troy grew up, he joined the army and was deployed to Iraq. During his time in the military, Troy soon realized many colleagues and friends suffered from many of the same symptoms as his Grandfather, Joseph. It was then that Troy made it his mission to do what he could to reduce the numbers of veterans who commit suicide.

Which brings us back to Troy’s hike, which he called HIKE FOR HEROES. During his 17 month journey across America, from April 17, 2010 to September 3, 2011, Troy hiked more than 7,800 miles across 37 states. This made him the first veteran ever to walk the length of 3 times across America, and was awarded Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Citizen Honors Medal. He raised $1.3 million for veterans and their families, and created Active Heroes, with a mission to end veteran suicide.

UPDATE: HERE IS A VIDEO OF TROY YOKUM TALKING ABOUT THE PROGRAM

FROM THE ACTIVE HEROES WEBSITE:

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One final message about Active Heroes from Justin Fitch, an army veteran who died of cancer.

Active Heroes has a nation wide network of peer mentors and nationwide resources. The map can be found here. Watch this video for more information:

If you know someone in need of assistance, see Active Heroes website, or call/text the following numbers:

For more information visit their website here: Active Heroes | Military Veteran Suicide | PTSD Help

Why is stress management so important? U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High – The New York Times

 

Recently,  I re-posted an article on the Suicide Prevention Collaborative. A bit later, I received a comment wondering about the relevance of Suicide to my blog. I have a couple reasons for this.

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First, I firmly believe that positive emotions and outlook on life is essential to good health. You could eat the healthiest diet on the planet, but if you’re consistently negative, and under constant stress, you won’t be healthy. Stress management is ESSENTIAL to good health. The fact that the suicide rate has surged to a 30 year high, only underscores the importance of proper stress relief techniques. This is why my blog puts such a strong focus on positive posts and stress relief techniques. Yoga and meditation are 2 of the best ways to relieve stress. Reading inspiring, motivational stories is another. Laughing, through my laughter therapy posts, is another. AND, helping others…is another, which leads us to the second reason…

Second, this blog is a form of stress management for me. When I post things like inspiring quotes, laughter therapy, or stories about non-profits who help others, I am uplifted. I hope, through posting stories about non-profits, I am sending some positive energy into a very negative world, and am uplifting you as well.

This positive, uplifting energy, as stated by Brian Tracy in the quote above, is the key to health, happiness and wellness.

THAT, my friends, is what this blog is all about.

For the article from the NY Times, follow the link below.

Until next time…Namaste my friends.

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Touching Lives…The Birthday Party Project

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What they do:

“Bringing joy to homeless children through the magic of birthdays.” Once a month, this amazing organization teams up with homeless and transitional living facilities to throw birthday parties for the children with birthdays that month. The other children and the family  members also attend the festivities to help celebrate.

How it all started:

The Birthday Party Project was started in 2012 by Paige Chenault, former event planner.  When she was pregnant with her daughter, she picked up a magazine with a photo of a sad looking little homeless boy. As she sat dreaming of throwing birthday parties for her own daughter, she wondered if this little boy would ever feel special, celebrated.

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So, she decided to put her talents to work and throw birthday parties for homeless children and in January, 2012, the celebrations began. It started with just one party a month, and has grown to more than 20 per month, in multiple cities across the country.

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The short video below will give you a better idea as to how

The Birthday Party Project works:

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Mission Statement:

“Our mission is to bring JOY to homeless children through the MAGIC of birthdays.

We believe that JOY changes lives, and a JOYful community can change the world.

With the help of our birthday enthusiasts (that’s you!) we host monthly birthday parties at homeless and transitional living facilities across the country. We celebrate all children (ages 1-22) that have a birthday that month, and we invite all children and family members staying at the agency to join us for the party.

Our one hour celebration is a chance for kids to dream big! Our parties are so much more than a celebration – they are a loud exclamation point that kids matter!”

How to contact The Birthday Party Project:

How you can help:

  • How to get involved: HERE
  • Donate: HERE
  • Amazon wishlist: HERE

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I just love this idea. These children have such a difficult time with life. At such a young age, they are already dealing with being homeless, wondering when the next meal will come or where they will sleep. It’s wonderful that at least once a year, they are made to feel special, feel celebrated, feel JOYFUL.

Until next time…Namaste my friends.

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Touching Lives…The Confetti Foundation

When I first started my blog, I did a daily inspiration post each evening. On occasion, part of that series included highlighting non-profit organizations making an impact around the world an touching the lives of those in need.  If you’re interested in reading some of my past “non-profit” posts, you can find them HERE and HERE. My page dedicated to  non-profit posts is a bit out dated, but it’ll get you started, should you be interested.

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Anyway, I haven’t done a non-profit article for a long time, so, since it’s my birthday this week (YEA!), I decided this was a perfect opportunity to kick off a new series called:

Touching Lives

This will be my new “non-profit” series, where I highlight different non-profit organizations from around the world. Each article will:

  • Highlight one non-profit
  • Give a short history of the founding
  • What the non-profit does
  • The mission statement
  • How you can help/volunteer/donate
  • Social media links

This month, I went in search of non-profits who help children in need celebrate their birthdays. I wasn’t disappointed! I found two that I wanted to highlight. I’ll highlight one today, and the other on Thursday. So, on with the show!


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What they do:

The Confetti Foundation puts together “birthday boxes”, which contain everything needed for parents to celebrate a birthday with their child, who is hospitalized during their birthday. Volunteers and employees at the foundation work with children’s hospitals around the country, sending the boxes where needed. The foundation also has “birthday fairies” and “birthday heroes” all around the country, that come to different hospitals to help throw the parties.

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How it all started:

The idea for The Confetti Foundation was sparked in 2010, when the best friend of the founder, Stephanie Frazier Grimm,  had a baby who was born 8 weeks premature. Stephanie watched as her best friend spent hours and hours every day in the neonatal intensive care unit. When one of the babies in the unit went home, there was excitement at the opportunity for that baby to finally have a birthday celebration. This got Stephanie thinking about what kids do when they have to celebrate birthdays in the hospital.

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After doing some research and asking questions, Stephanie discovered that the kids rarely had celebrations or parties of any kind. This sparked the idea for The Confetti Foundation, which was officially launched on January 1, 2014.

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The short video below will give you a better idea as to how

The Confetti Foundation works:

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Mission Statement:

“THE MISSION OF THE CONFETTI FOUNDATION IS TO SUPPLY BIRTHDAY PARTIES TO CHILDREN WHO 
HAVE TO SPEND THEIR BIRTHDAY IN THE HOSPITAL.

 
The foundation was started with the hope that families will be able to shift their focus from their child’s sickness for just 30 minutes and celebrate. Although the party is not a cure, it will be a welcome distraction and a good reminder that every child deserves to be celebrated.

The Confetti Foundation is recognized by the state of Rhode Island as a tax deductible charitable organization, and is an approved 501(c)(3) non profit organization by the federal government.

Through the partnership of Children’s Hospitals in the United States, The Confetti Foundation hopes to be accepted into all Children’s Hospitals with the help of volunteers, aka birthday fairies and heroes”

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How to contact The Confetti Foundation:

How you can help:

  • Their “give” page: HERE
  • Online donations: HERE
  • Info on becoming a party fairy/hero: HERE
  • Amazon wish list: HERE

Social Media

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Isn’t it amazing how something as simple as a birthday party can bring so much joy into the life of a child? In these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever that we make everyday a special day for our children.

Until next time…Namaste my friends.

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Let Your Light Shine

When I read this article, I new I had to share it today. This woman is such an inspiration. I just had to share her story with all of you. I thank Raili at Soul Gifts for sharing this beautiful story.

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We’re celebrating women.  This month whole month is dedicated to us girls.

I thought I’d share with you one of the most inspiring stories I have come across. A story about survival against all odds. Not just survival – this is one kick ass awesome woman.

Meet Turia Pitt. In 2011 she was trapped in a grass fire while competing in a 100km ultramarathon. Her life was going pretty well until then. Model, fitness fanatic, mining engineer – it all came to a screeching halt. Full thickness burns to 65% of her body landed her in hospital barely alive.

She lost seven fingers, spent an agonising six months in hospital, underwent 200 operations, spent two years in recovery. Against all odds she survived. Not just survived – she has gone on to make a whole new life for herself that has literally launched her into a whole…

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Daily Inspiration: Thanks to you!

This was first posted on January 13, 2017.

Update: January 13, 2018– One year ago today, I had 200 followers. One year on, I am approaching the 2000 follower mark. I am floored by the support from my fellow bloggers. As my way of saying thank you, I decided to repost my 200 follower Thank you post from 1 year ago. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such amazing, talented and loving people. Thank you everyone!

(BTW…I have another giveaway planned when I reach 2000 followers…stay tuned for more info!)

HERE’S THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE:


Today I reached 200 followers. I am eternally grateful for each and every one of you. Today’s daily inspiration is a bit unusual. I am combining my daily inspiration with my thanks to you. I found a video of an individual saying thank you to a great non-profit.

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The non-profit organization for today (technically tomorrow, since this is getting out after midnight!) is called Red Rover. Red Rover helps to bring animals out of crisis. Here is a quote from their website:

Founded in 1987, the mission of RedRover is to bring animals out of crisis and strengthen the bond between people and animals through emergency sheltering, disaster relief services, financial assistance and education. RedRover accomplishes its mission by engaging volunteers and supporters, collaborating with others and maximizing the use of online technology.

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For more information visit: RedRover.org

 

Here is a video from the Red Rover youtube channel. The video is about Michael, an Iraq War Vet and his service dog Bane. Michael tells their emotional story…and how bane saved his life. He thanks the people who support Red Rover for saving the lives of so many dogs. Check it out, it’s about 5:00 long.

Animals are truly amazing creatures. In the video, Micheal discusses how strong the bond with a dog can be. I can understand and can vouch for that. There are many days, my most stressful days, that Max , my dog, (below) is the only one who can cheer me up. So I genuinely appreciate the wonderful work that Red Rover does.

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This is my dog Max

 

So I just wanted to express

my gratitude one more time.

So from me (and Max),

THANK YOU!