Christmas – the time of the year where we give and shower our loved 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. We list down the following ideas where you can buy gifts and at the same time, give back to the community.
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World Vision Singapore
In this season of gifting, we want to encourage families to come together and browse through the World Vision Gift Catalogue to pick some gifts that can protect these children and their families from poverty.
In some countries, one-time medical treatment is expensive enough, but some children suffer from chronic illnesses – resulting in increased medical bills and, more often than not, desperation and despair. Give the gift of healing and hope to children in Vietnam who suffer from chronic illnesses (e.g. blood cancer, cerebral palsy) by providing critical health treatment through your gift of $200.
Whether affected by diseases, land mines or other injuries, children with disabilities in developing countries often find themselves isolated, lonely and with little hope. You can extend a helping hand to them by providing school and learning materials as well through a gift of $270.
Help them through interventions such as medicine, nutritious food, learning aids and health checks
Website: World Vision Gift Catalogue
Toys”R”Us Wrap 4 Good
Toys”R”Us has collaborated with Beyond Social Services, a charity dedicated to helping children and youths from less privileged backgrounds break away from the poverty cycle through a gift-wrapping initiative ‘Wrap 4 Good‘. This initiative enables customers to get their gifts wrapped at any of the 10 Toys”R”Us stores island-wide with a kind donation. All proceeds will go to Beyond Social Services. This service will be available from 1st to 25th December 2019.
Find out more about Beyond Social Services here: www.beyond.org.sg.
Weighing only 280g, shoes from Another Sole are really quite perfect for travel. They stitch their soft leathers directly onto the flexi-rubber soles, which makes it super soft and flexible, just like gloves on your feet.
But besides providing great quality light-weight shoes, Another Sole also has another mission – to feed children and build sustainable communities.
10% of their revenue will go towards this goal. This #Buy1Feed1 fund will be used for the buying of food supplies and funding sustainability for underfunded orphanages, building sustainable communities for children to thrive and qualified missions with a school feeding operation. They work with charities already functioning towards the goal of benefiting the kids directly.
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.
They have since given close to 100 million shoes to people in need. To carry on the spirit of giving, TOMS will be dedicating a third of their net annual profits to a giving fund.
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 organisation called the FEED Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting programs and organisations that are effectively working to fight hunger and eliminate malnutrition throughout the world.
This post has been updated. An original version of this article was first published in The New Age Parents e-magazine.
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