Every December I search for more places that give back when I make a purchase. Why? Because something happened around my 35th birthday that made me realize something: I have everything I need. My children have it, too. They’re all over 18, have cars, some have significant others, all have jobs. There’s no reason for me to brave the holiday crowds now that the Internet has been invented (thanks again, Al Gore). It also helped that I got a cow for Christmas from my mother that year. Yes, a cow. Not to keep in the backyard or even in the freezer, though we contact a local farmer for that each year. She got me a cow through Heifer International and then the next year she bought me a well in Africa and, well, it’s downright tradition at this point so I thought I’d share 10 ways to give back in the month of December.
Why 10, you ask? Well, there aren’t that many shopping days left so this gives you a bit of time to purchase some of these items. For 10 days in December I’ll bring you a new socially conscious gift to consider giving for gifts this holiday season. It’s a WIN / WIN because all the companies I’m featuring are doing something good for humanity while offering a product or service.
Today’s shopping and socially conscious gift giving website is iSanctuary, an international marketplace of handmade crafts made by survivors of human trafficking. This “International Sanctuary” for women is truly helping lives when you purchase from them.
Their mission is to reintegrate those who have suffered as a result of human trafficking into society as a productive and creative society member and they have been in operation since 2007 both overseas and in California. I first learned of this place from my friend Kristen who is always teaching me about supporting places that support people. iSanctuary was created to ensure that those who got out of the human trafficking trade were given a way to heal as they created artwork.
The brutality of the sex slave industry helped founders Stephanie Pollaro and Wendy Dailey commit their lives to continue the work they saw through Andhra Pradesh who was doing this work in India. Women leave the harsh industry that many were forced into and begin creating crafts to sell. Many of the iSanctuary wares are reasonably priced ($10-15) and can be found here.
iSanctuary creates stationery, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and ornaments. Their shop can be found here if you’re interested in purchasing something from them.
Necklaces and bracelets are priced from $24-42 and can be found here for those of you needing a pretty gift for a woman in your life (or man, I don’t judge. Wear what you want, fellas.) The infinity necklace picture above is one of my favorites from their collection of jewelry.
Follow iSanctuary on Instagram. They are so dope with their pictures. Not to mention they are doing good work, have great products, and that you can be making a difference with your dollar when you purchase from them.
You can use “blackfriday” at checkout until tomorrow, December 3 to get FREE SHIPPING and a Copper Star Ornament with your purchase.
All photos used with permission from iSanctuary.