Buying with Love...Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is.

I’m often asked how we, as relatively blessed American families, can raise kids that have hearts for those in need. Unfortunately, I don’t have the answers, but I do have some ideas of what works for us. One thing our family does is when we buy things, we try to find the options that give back in some way to people in need or to causes we believe in.

Sure, there are those who say that some companies just give back as a gimmick or all proceeds should go to charity or this or that… I’ve heard it all before. What matters to me is the end result is a benefit to someone or something that needs it. If we need to buy something, it’s easy to choose a product that makes the world a little better.

My older guys are already on board with shopping with heart. They are in Middle School now and so desperately want to be hip.  Sevenly shirts are perfect. This week the proceeds go to Safe World. From the site:

“This week your support will help SafeWorld build a solar powered medical clinic fully equipped with well-trained medical staff, sanitary exam rooms, lab testing, follow-up care, medications, and transportation for families currently without medical treatment. This facility will provide healing for thousands”

The blue shirts below are the ones we ordered. Be sure to click over to visit and check out my friend’s NGO and order a hip shirt from Sevenly. You’ll look hip and change the world. Not bad. 🙂


If your family is buying new sunglasses this Summer, try TOMS glasses. TOMS will donate a pair of glasses to someone in need with each pair you buy.

Check out the slideshow below for more ways you can make the world just a little better while buying the same things you always buy. Before you know it, your kids will take the reins and start looking for products that give back on their own.


  • World Wildlife Fund…Right??? 1 of 11
    World Wildlife Fund...Right???
    This is awesome because ALL sales go to WWF....Wait, What? Oh...World Wrestling Federation! Hmmmm...
  • World Wildlife Fund…For Realz. 2 of 11
    World Wildlife Fund...For Realz.
    Oh, these handmade pewter earrings might be more along the lines of World Wildlife Fund; all proceeds not only go towards WWF, but the electricity used to create, package, and market is also 100% renewable.
  • Bead For Life Turquoise Bracelet 3 of 11
    Bead For Life Turquoise Bracelet
    Who wouldn't want this gorgeous bracelet? It's made by Ugandan women whose lives are greatly enriched from the entrepreneurship at its best.
  • Buy One Give One 4 of 11
    Buy One Give One
    For every pair purchased, TOMS will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need. One for one.
  • Hello Somebody Meets Mercy Me. 5 of 11
    Hello Somebody Meets Mercy Me.
    Buy an album from Mercy Me, and receive a Hello Somebody watch. Hello Somebody provides sustainable projects and care to children in need. How cool is that?
  • Feed the Hungry While Keeping Your Breath Fresh. 6 of 11
    Feed the Hungry While Keeping Your Breath Fresh.
    Sometimes charity comes in the oddest partnerships and packages. Peppermint vanilla sugar-free mints made in the USA and packaged in recycled plastic test tube-like containers. For every 12 tubes sold, seven meals are provided to needy US communities.
  • Sevenly, Gifts that Give Back 7 of 11
    Sevenly, Gifts that Give Back
    The charities rotate, the social good doesn't. Every week a chunk of each sale goes towards a more than worthy cause.
  • We All Share the Same Sky 8 of 11
    We All Share the Same Sky
    Rwandan women crochet these glass-beaded bracelets...and sign each one. We're all under the same sky.
  • Roma Warming the World 9 of 11
    Roma Warming the World
    Fashion + charity = Socially Responsible Business Model. Roma designs and sells rain boots, and their subsidiary Roma for All distributes boots to poor children living in need.
  • Open Eyes 10 of 11
    Open Eyes
    TOMS has partnered with eye care organizations all over the world to provide prescription eyeglasses, surgeries, and other medical procedures. Buying shades has never been so cool.
  • At the End of the Day 11 of 11
    At the End of the Day
    At the end of the day, if you're going to settle down with a glass of wine, make it one that donates 50% of its profits a variety of charities.


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