Well, folks, we’ve made it to Giving Tuesday. That means we’ve (hopefully) successfully survived Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. All that’s left now in the madness of holiday season kickoff is giving back. I know it can be difficult to donate yourself to various organizations throughout the year. Still, it really is important for you to try and give back to the community. Giving Tuesday encourages you to shop smart for the holidays. Take a minute to consider purchases you can make that will subsequently donate proceeds to an organization. This year, all of Patagonia‘s Black Friday sale profits went straight to charity…how awesome is that?
Other companies held similar charitable campaigns, and many organizations are working to creatively try to catch your generous attention. I’ve summarized four really great organizations for this post, hoping they can cross items off your gift list in the name of charity.
I heard about this organization a few years ago, and immediately bought a Key of my own. The LA-based organization accepts donated keys (no need to disclose what they’re from) and employs the city’s transitioning out of homelessness population to engrave them with words of positivity and encouragement. The Giving Keys operates with a Pay It Forward mentality, hoping the person who buys a Key wears it until they come across someone who they feel needs the engraved message more than they do. Passing it on to that person not only gifts a stranger with a piece of jewelry, but also with an act of kindness in a world where many feel they are invisible. You can buy a key here, and follow the website’s instructions for engraving and gifting.
I bet if you think about it, you can remember a favorite story from your childhood. I know one of mine was “It’s No Fun Being Sick,” and my parents would read it to me anytime I was ill. The mission of the Pajama Program is to give children in need memories like that one. The organization delivers warm pajamas and nurturing books to children in homes around the world, allowing them to experience a comforting bedtime. In 15 years of service, this organization has already reached over one million children! While you can’t actually buy anything from the Pajama Program, you can donate children’s books and pajamas in a loved one’s name. Adding the Pajama Program in here almost feels like I’m soliciting, because I’m on the Junior Board of this wonderful organization…then again, I wouldn’t have joined the JB if I didn’t believe in the mission.
It’s no secret that Lauren Conrad is the new Martha Stewart. She and Hannah Skvarla started The Little Market to help women artisans share their work with the world. The culturally beautiful items range from accessories to décor, providing shopping options for recipients of all ages. I love the soaking salts, candles and baskets. “Women artisans are often able to work from home while caring for their families, and they can use the extra income to send their children to school. Oftentimes these children will be the first generation to graduate high school.” – The Little Market
This organization is seasonally very relevant. Love Your Melon is on a mission to top the head of every child battling cancer in America. After achieving that goal (45,000 hats in 2012), the founders set out on a new mission. The new goal was to donate one million dollars to nonprofits also battling pediatric cancer. Today, 50% of the proceeds of each purchase are still donated to these nonprofit partners. You can buy a hat here, or request a hat to be hand delivered to a child battling cancer. If you didn’t get warm and fuzzy reading this, maybe your head is cold and you need a hat.