Oh, December. Month of gift guides, online shopping carts, extra long lines, and FREE SHIPPING!
We are officially in the midst of Christmas shopping crunch time. Right about now is the time I hit a wall, because lets face it, I am just ready for pie.
I read something baffling recently. Frankly, I don't know how to fully process this information. It was along the lines of, you spend more each year on trash bags alone than nearly half of the world’s households spend on all purchased goods combined if your household makes $35,000+." Okay.
Where do you start with that? What do you do? What do I do?
I don’t know what the right answer is. For now, I am committing to do the small things I know I can do. Which is trust those that are already paving the way creating goods that are doing good. Add these items to your wish list, and know that you're receiving something while also giving something extremely remarkable.
Can I also make mention of something? Charitable gifts seem to be trendy these days. The goal of these gifts isn’t to wrap up our good intentions in pretty paper and twine, presenting a shiny image of ourselves as someone who is “charitable.” I’m passionate about finding a way – long past December, after the pine needles have fallen and the snow has all melted away – to further the ripple. That can look like many things. I personally am committing to choosing one (or two...) of these causes and educating myself on the stories and cultures surrounding them, sending prayers to their small corner of the world, words of encouragement, and getting the word out! Do it because it is GOOD, and it creates good in the world.
Here are a few items that I love and causes I have supported this year:
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The Cause: ABLE is a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances, in the US, Ethiopia, Mexico, and Peru. They provide sustainable employment opportunities by offering an alternative income for women.
Love Your Melon
The Cause: Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America as well as supporting nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer. Fifty percent of profit from the sale of all Love Your Melon products is given to their nonprofit partners.
The Cause: With every purchase Mitscoots will give an equal quality item to someone in need and employ someone transitioning out of homelessness to package it up, right here in the U.S.A. Get + Give + Employ
The Cause: Combining a love for fashion and design 31 Bits drives positive change in the world by providing artisans with dignified job opportunities and inspiring customers to live meaningful lives. They are also providing their artisans with access to health education, finance training, counseling, and business training.
Raven + Lily
The Cause: Empowering women through design. Proceeds support women artisans in Ethiopia, India, Cambodia and the formerly homeless women in Los Angeles and refugees in Austin.
Rose + Fitzgerald
The Cause: Founders Courtney + Laren work to build relationships with local Ugandan artisans, challenging them to create beautifully crafted heirloom goods and expose them to foreign markets.
The Cause: To help provide hearing aids worldwide to those who are hearing impaired, using the power of music. For every purchase, LSTN helps restore hearing to a person in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Stone + Cloth
The Cause: Stone + Cloth partners with The Knock Foundation, a non-profit near the foothills of Kilmanjaro, to offer scholarships and development projects for children pursuing an education in Tanzania.
The Cause: To build profitable businesses inspired by handmade traditions. In addition to supporting ethical fair trade practices with transparency in origin, maker and materials used, 1% of sales goes toward Aid to Artisans to create opportunities for low-income artisans around the world.