So it’s no big shocker that I’m all about cool stuff, but in all my time as a blogger on Family Style I have not filled you in a little secret about me, I don’t like collecting things or getting gifts anymore and would much prefer something that give back to the world or donations on my family’s behalf. Actually, my new year resolution is to stop collecting things and donate half our things. A lofty goal I know but you can try out the challenge for yourself, and the best way to start is to check out these amazing companies who are making gifting about spreading the love as opposed to filling your closet.
So without further ado, here are my top picks for cool companies giving back!
1. Cooking for Kids Cancer: Who doesn’t love cookies and bake sales? The premise of this amazing company is to raise money for pediatric cancer research by holding local bake sales in your community. That’s right, if you’ve got the dough and an oven, you can make a huge contribution. Started by a devoted mom who saw a huge gap in cancer research funding for kids, this is an amazing organization that you can give back to right away and with minimal commitment ( you can even just buy some ready-made cookies to send to friends). This is a wonderful gift that will really make a huge difference. Glad Products Company has even agreed to match all proceeds until the end of the year!
2. Love Drop: This is a genius concept that goes something like this.. Love Drop is a micro-giving network of people who unite as a community to help one person or family a month. By subscribing to the team for as little as just $1, it’s amazingly easy to change one person’s life virtually over night. You pay as little as $1, all the proceeds are combined, and then literally dropped into the lap of some deserving person. This month, it’s a single mom in Chicago who went through a rough time. Next month, who knows? So instead of wondering what to do with all the change, head on over to Love Drop and make a contribution.
3. Embrace Global: (top photo) Want to save babies around the world? Of course, you do. Then why not get involved with the amazing Embrace organization which create low-cost infant warmers for developing countries. With so many pre-term babies being born, there is no technolegy to keep them warm — until now! This device can literally mean the difference between life and death. You can either purchase from their holiday gift collection or make a donation directly.
These gifts will make for some seriously happy holidays!