Christmas – the time of the year where we give and shower our love ones and friends with gifts. This Christmas, why not extend the spirit of giving by giving back to the community as well? Take this opportunity to not only make your family and friends happy, but also to help the community and disadvantaged. Our editor lists some online shops where you can buy to give, and give back.
Filanthropists: Shopping With A Cause
A one stop shopping mall for all “Products that Give Back, Filanthropists.com is an online shopping mall offering cause-related merchandise. Filanthropists.com was founded by Filomena Laforgia. When her son Dean was diagnosed with autism, she dedicated herself to autism awareness and raising money for research and charities. The organization serves as a voice in the marketplace for charities, non-profit organizations, and independent vendors who engage in e-commerce fundraising, where the sale of a product from which a portion of the revenue is donated to a charity organisation. Every product has a cause, and every cause has a product. Every sale that you make here supports a cause. From clothes to toys, you can find a variety of gifts to give to your loved ones.
TOMS Shoes: One For One
In 2006, American traveller Blake Mycoskie befriended children in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS Shoes, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One. Blake returned to Argentina with a group of family, friends and staff later that year with 10,000 pairs of shoes made possible by TOMS customers. With every pair purchased, TOMS will give one a pair of new shoes to a child in need of one.
Baby Teresa: Buy Once, Give Twice
Baby Teresa sells a line of gorgeous 100% organic cotton baby clothing and accessories. For each baby outfit we sell we also donate another to a child in need. For each accessory item we sell, a portion of the sales go to purchasing formula for babies in need (typically in orphanages). So far we’ve made donations in over 20 countries from Peru to Indonesia, Australia to France and Uganda to Egypt to name a few. Our baby clothes and accessories are soft, cuddly, fair trade and make a superb baby shower gift.
FEED: Products That Feed The World
FEED began in 2006 when acclaimed model and activist Lauren Bush designed a bag to benefit the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) School Feeding program. She first created the FEED 1 bag, a reversible burlap and organic cotton bag reminiscent of the bags of food distributed by WFP, to help raise funds and awareness around these school feeding operations. FEED also started a non-profit organization called the FEED Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting programs and organizations that are effectively working to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition throughout the world.
This article was first published in The New Age Parents e-magazine