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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1. World Vision Singapore
This year has been nothing short of surprises. As we venture into a new normal, the COVID-19 pandemic also presents a chance to imagine the world anew – a world where the most vulnerable children are safe, happy and protected.
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.
Featuring over 70 gifts, from mobile libraries, nutritious meals, vaccinations to life-changing interventions such as vocational education and shelter from the elements, each gift contributes to a better tomorrow.
Help them through interventions such as health kits, nutritious food, learning aids and health checks
Website: World Vision Gift Catalogue
2. Shopee Giving Tree
From 1 to 7 December during Giving Week and 15 to 19 December, users will be able to sow good into the lives of those in need through Shopee Farm. Users can plant a Shopee giving tree from one of their participating partners. For every tree harvested, Shopee and our partners will donate $1 to the beneficiaries. Users will also receive vouchers from one of the participating partners when they harvest their trees.
Website: Shopee Giving Tree
3. Another Sole
Weighing only 280g, shoes from Another Sole are really quite perfect for travel. They stitch the soft leather directly onto the flexi-rubber soles, which makes the shoes 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 are currently working with charities that are already functioning towards the goal of benefiting the kids directly.
4. TOMS Shoes
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 dedicates a third of their net annual profits to a giving fund.
5. FEED: Products That Feed The World
Photo credit: FEED
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.
To date, FEED has provided over 100 million meals.
6. Lil’ Brushes
Photo credit: Lil’ Brushes
Lil’ Brushes was founded in February 2020 as a not-for-profit initiative to help others in need. Each year, Lil’ Brushes aims to launch a new project with 100% of the profits pledged to their chosen beneficiaries. For 2020, they have started the facemasks project.
Their facemasks come in 6 lovely designs, each lovingly hand-painted by Zach & Sara and then printed on reusable facemasks. 100% of their net sale proceeds will be pledged to the chosen beneficiary, Kaleidoscope which will benefit their future programs, outreach and events.
Kaleidoscope is a ground-up initiative helmed by ‘Kim Choo Kueh Chang’, artisanal home-baker ‘A Mother’s Love’ and budding mother-daughter painting team ‘Anna’s Delight’. Kaleidoscope hopes to make a difference to vulnerable groups like special needs children, persons suffering from mental wellness challenges, the elderly, single parents and low-income families, through training, outreach and other events.
Each set includes a mask holder and mask filter and costs $14.
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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