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: How you can help Australia…where to donate!

 

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photo source: USATODAY.COM

We have all watched the news stories and seen videos and photos of the wild fires that are devastating Australia right now. We sit back and feel helpless as homes burn, peoples lives are lost or endangered and most of all, millions of innocent animals lives are lost.

Here are some statistics:

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  • 480 million animals have died as a result of the fires
  • 30% of New South Wales koalas killed
  • 28 people are missing in Victoria
  • Over $50 million a day lost.
  • 11.3 million acres destroyed, an area larger than the Netherlands.
  • 2,500 buildings destroyed
  • Air pollution in Sydney makes breathing equivalent to smoking 37 cigarettes.

How you can help

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Unless we’re firefighters, it’s likely we can’t go down and help directly. However, there are ways to help from a distance. Almost all organizations are asking for financial donations, instead of goods, or physical items. This is because of the difficulty and time needed to organize and disperse physical goods. Monetary donations are much easier, because they can be given directly to those in need who decide for themselves what is needed. Here’s some places to keep in mind if you’re thinking of donating.

  • Donate directly to fire departments in Victoria and New South Wales: www.cfa.vic.gov.au These are the states hardest hit by the fires.
  • Victorian Government: They have established a partnership with Bendigo Bank and The Salvation Army, which assists affected families and communities. Visit this site for more details  vic.gov.au/bushfireappeal.
  • Australian Red Cross  18,600 people affected by the fires, have been helped by the Australian Red Cross. For more information and how you can help visit their website at redcross.org.au.
  • Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal: This is an Australian non-profit that raises funds and issues grants to rural and regional communities for disaster relief projects. Visit this site for more information: frrr.org.au
  • Salvation Army Australia: Financial donations are being requested, instead of physical goods. Donate HERE.
  • St. Vincent de Paul: This Catholic organization currently has more than 60,000 members and volunteers in Australia, helping those in need. How is donated money dispersed? $50 (about $35 American dollars) can provide food for a displaced family; $150 can help stave off bills; and $300 can help clothe a fleeing family that had to leave behind their belongings. Follow this link to donate to the bush fire appeal
  • WIRES: This organization, based in New South Wales, is the Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service Inc., and are Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organization.  Donations to this organization will go to help wildlife affected by the fires. . Learn more at wires.org.au.
  • Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital: This hospital is owned and run by the family of famed wildlife conservationist and “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin. They are taking in many animals affected by the fires. Donate at azwh.blackbaud-sites.com.
  • RSPCA Australia: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Australia, is the nation’s leading animal welfare charity. Donations will help fund the rescue and treatment of animals affected by the fires. For more information, visit their website HERE.
  • World Wildlife Fund Australia: Donations to the Australian chapter of the international wildlife conservation organization will help care for injured wildlife. Also, the organization plans to plant 10,000 native trees in critical koala habitat, once the fires have cleared. Donate at donate.wwf.org.au.

Closing thoughts

Doing good Is Good, it also makes you Feel Good!

Remember, part of social wellness is remembering that what affects one part of society affects all of us. We are all on this planet and in this life together. Helping other people in need, helps all of us.

Until next time…Namaste my friends

Tamara

Sources:

  1. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2020/01/03/australia-fires-map-animals-evacuations/2803057001/
  2. https://cleantechnica.com/2020/01/04/some-stunning-perspective-on-the-australian-fires/
  3. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/01/07/australia-fires-how-to-help-donate-victims-animals/2832145001/
  4. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/06/world/australia/help-australia-fires.html

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. “

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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.”

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”

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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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Do You Contribute To Discovering The CURE For Breast Cancer?

As October is Breast Cancer awareness month, it’s important, not only to know who your donating to, but also what they do with your donation. If you’re thinking of donating to the SUSAN G KOMAN foundation this month, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOU READ THIS POST FIRST. Very informative!
I also recommend the documentary PINK RIBBONS INC, a very enlightening look into the world of cancer philanthropy and the connections to the marketing industry. You can find it at AMAZON: PINK RIBBONS INC

All About Healthy Choices

Passionately Pink JPGcropped400The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation (later known as Susan G. Komen for the Cure) has become the largest and most well known breast cancer organization in the United States: It was started by Susan G Komen’s sister (Nancy Goodman Brinker) in 1982.

We want to believe that tragedies like Susan’s story of breast cancer develop into massive organizations (ex.Susan G. Komen for the Cure) based on honest altruistic intentions to offer real hope to OTHERS suffering from this dreaded disease.

What do the facts reveal about Nancy Brinker’s financial gains as Founder and CEO and the success of her organization has achieved winning the “war” against beast cancer?

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“In early 2012, the Komen organization announced it was pulling its grants for breast-cancer screenings from Planned Parenthood, drawing an immediate backlash from Komen supporters and abortion rights advocates. Within days, Nancy Brinker, the group’s founder and CEO…

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Just Thought You Should Know… How You Can Help Texas Flood Victims

UPDATE: I had a comment from a reader asking about donating clothing to flood victims in Texas. Here is a link to a press release from FEMA regarding donations:

FEMA PRESS RELEASE

According to the press release,

cash donations are best at this time.

Here is a quote from the press release:

“Cash donations offer…the most flexibility to address urgently developing needs. With cash in hand, these organizations can obtain needed resources nearer to the disaster location. This inflow of cash also pumps money back into the local economy and helps local businesses recover faster….

Please do not donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine, or perishable foodstuffs at this time. When used personal items are donated, the helping agencies must redirect their staff away from providing direct services to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.”

HERE IS THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE AND NON-PROFIT LIST…


I should be studying…I have a final exam to take… I have 3 final assignments due in less than a week…but right now, my mind and heart are in southern Texas. I can’t seem to focus on my studies. I keep thinking about all of the beautiful people down there and how they are suffering. ” You need to do something to help“, my heart tells me and I always follow my heart…always.

So, I thought I’d use this blog, my own little part of the universe, to spread the word on organizations that are seeking donations for the flood/hurricane victims down in Texas.

I’m sending out an appeal to all of my fellow bloggers…let’s band together and help in anyway we can. I challenge you to donate to one of the 16 organization on the list below. If we all donate just $10, think what a difference we can make.

  • Samaritan’s Purse –  Here is their mission statement: “Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
  • Red Cross – TEXT HARVEY TO 90999 FOR A $10 DONATION, or follow the link to donate online. “The American Red Cross is helping the people affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and all across the Gulf coast. Shelters are open, truck loads of supplies are being distributed and volunteers in place.”
  • Americares –  “Hurricane Harvey: Emergency Disaster Response-

    For every $10 you donate today, we can provide $200 in aid—that’s the power of giving to Americares. Help provide emergency medicine and supplies. Americares is on the ground right now in Texas, distributing water and medicine. But thousands of people are in desperate need of aid, medicine and basic supplies and we can’t keep up with demand. You can help them! “

  • Salvation Army “As Hurricane Harvey causes widespread damage across Texas, The Salvation Army is ready to provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers. Salvation Army disaster teams from across the country are mobilizing and, even after disaster response efforts are over, The Salvation Army will remain in communities impacted by this terrible storm, supporting long-term disaster recovery efforts and providing ongoing assistance to those in need.Get updates on our relief efforts at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SalArmyEDS, or on Twitter @SalArmyEDS”
  • Heart to Heart International – “Heart to Heart International’s Disaster Response Team first stop was Belton Texas Expo Center to drop off hygiene and health kits. The Expo and Bell County Sheriff’s Department have set up a response center to help those that evacuated from Hurricane Harvey and needed assistance. HHI’s timing was perfect because the county was about to go buy hygiene kits for their guests….in Victoria, TX…we have had over 600 cars of people affected by Hurricane Harvey come pick up water, food, supplies and health/hygiene kits. The line continues to grow. HHI has given lots of Tetanus shots and treated minor injuries. Partnering with Convoy of Hope at the Faith Family Church. All of this is being done with no power and water in 85% of the town.”

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  • Global Giving – This crowdfunding website is trying to raise $2 million. Here’s a summary from their page: “Hurricane Harvey has caused widespread, catastrophic flooding and damage in Texas and along the Gulf Coast. This fund will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. All donations to this fund will exclusively support relief and recovery efforts from this storm.”
  • Go Fund Me – This is a link to a Go Fund Me page which highlights stories and pages for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. You can make a general donation at this link, or choose from one of the highlighted stories.
  • Catholic Charities – “Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church. Your donation to CCUSA’s Disaster fund supports disaster response and recovery efforts including direct assistance, rebuilding, and health care services. Please visit www.catholiccharitiesusa.org to learn more.”  You can also text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 to donate

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  • Coastal Bend C.A.N. -Disaster Recovery Group – “The Mission of the Coastal Bend Long Term Recovery Group is to strengthen regional long term recovery by addressing unmet disaster related needs of individuals in the community in Federally declared disasters….The Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group (CDRG) is a state recognized long-term recovery non-profit group created to address the unmet needs of Coastal Bend area residents affected by disaster. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, areas of the Coastal Bend will no doubt be devastated and long-term recover needs of the under-served population will emerge.
  • Greater New Orleans Foundation- Hurricane Harvey- Forward Fund“Activated by the Mayor of New Orleans in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the NOLA Pay It Forward Fund: Hurricane Harvey will provide resources for the early relief and rebuilding efforts of those communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey.”
  • Junior League of New Orleans Diaper Bank
    • THIS IS A LINK TO THEIR AMAZON.COM WISH LIST.
    • THIS IS A LINK TO MAKE A FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTION
      The Junior League of New Orleans (JLNO) is requesting donations for its Diaper Bank to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey.JLNO has been in contact with Junior Leagues and Diaper Bank partners throughout the region and is mobilizing to assist them in meeting the needs of their respective communities. Many agencies will be providing aid, and JLNO is uniquely positioned to help families through its Diaper Bank. As demonstrated in its 2016 response to the flooding in Baton Rouge and Southwest Louisiana, it is well equipped to make a positive impact due to its size and resource access. Join them in helping those in need by donating the following items:

      • Diapers
      • Baby wipes
      • Diaper cream
      • Feminine products
      • Gift cards in $20 amounts to Target and WalMart
  • The Greater Houston Community Foundation“After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help, Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods.”
  • United Way of Greater Houston“We have launched the United Way Relief Fund to help meet storm-related needs and recovery in our community. Thank you for your generosity.”
  • Send Relief and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) –  “Teams began responding before Hurricane Harvey made landfall, deploying hundreds of crisis buckets and sending other supplies that would be needed in the immediate aftermath of the storm. Now we have been asked to assist in the care of up to 60,000 displaced Texans in addition to preparing thousands of hot meals and performing mud-out, chainsaw and cleaning services to restore survivors’ homes.”
  • Convoy of Hope “Convoy of Hope was founded in 1994 by the Donaldson family. Their inspiration for starting the organization can be traced back to the many people who helped their family after their father, Harold, was killed by a drunk driver in 1969. Today, more than 80 million people have been served throughout the world by Convoy of Hope. We are proud that we work through churches, businesses, government agencies and other nonprofits to provide help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting…Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches and disaster response.”
  • Save the Children –  “Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the U.S. and around the world, we give children a healthy start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm. We do whatever it takes for children – every day and in times of crisis – transforming their lives and the future we share.”

FOR INFORMATION ON WAYS TO VOLUNTEER, HELP OR FURTHER DONATIONS OF FOOD, SHELTER, CLOTHING, BLOOD, ETC, SEE THE FOLLOWING SITES:

So fellow bloggers, I challenge you to either share this post, or write one of your own AND donate to the effort. Texas needs help.

LET’S SPREAD THE WORD!

I personally donated to Convoy for Hope and purchased a box of diapers for the Junior League.

I’d love to hear your thoughts, comments, prayers, blessings etc.

Leave me a comment.

(BTW…if you write your own post, or have already written one, PLEASE come back and leave a comment below with a link to your site, so others can read it! I will also reblog all articles listed in the comments to both of my sites. THANKS!)

 

TOGETHER,

WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Let us stop for a moment to pray and meditate.