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. Our editor lists some online shops where you can buy to give, and give back.

Another Sole

Another sole buy one feed one

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 buildĀ sustainable communities.

10% of their revenue will go towards this goal. This feed 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.

Website: www.anothersole.com


TOMS Shoes: One For One

Toms 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.

Website: www.toms.com


FEED: Products That Feed The World

FEED - creating good products that help 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.

Website: www.feedprojects.com

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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