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1: Krochet Kids
Who it helps: Women and communities of Uganda and Peru
Why we like it: Buy a hat. Change a life. Krochet Kids empowers Ugandan women (and soon Peru) with the assets, skills, and knowledge to lift themselves and families out of poverty. Knit hats, shirts, and accessories help break the poverty cycle and dependence on outside humanitarian aid. Each hat is signed by its maker. Rad? Yes.
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Who it helps: Children in need
Why we like it: As part of its one for one movement, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need for every pair of TOMS shoes purchased. To date, TOMS has given over 1 million pairs of shoes to kids around the world. They have eyewear now, too!
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Who it helps: People and farmers of Rwanda, Haiti, and Thailand
Why we like it: Drink Coffee. Do Good. Founded in response to the Rwandan genocides, Land of a Thousand Hills partners in fair trade with farmers and local community leaders to develop coffee farming into a sustainable income, pay a just living wage, and strive to further meet the needs of the people.
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Who it helps: Communities in need internationally
Why we like it: Fruit baskets feed your office for a day. Fruit trees feed a family for life. Your gift — whether its a fruit tree, goat, a dozen chicks, or more — will directly impact the quality of life for those in need. Rather than provide short-term aid, Oxfam America looks at the root causes of a communitys problems and works with its people to create lasting solutions.
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Who it helps: Victims of natural disasters, war, and others in need
Why we like it: American Red Cross is the premier emergency response organization and humanitarian movement offering care to victims of war and devastating natural disasters. Up to 50 percent of your store purchases, all emblazoned with the orgs iconic emblem, go directly to its lifesaving mission. We particularly adore the field bag and beach towel.
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Who it helps: Children in need
Why we like it: The hallmark of Compassion's work is one-to-one child sponsorship throughout 26 countries. Not ready for such a commitment? This holiday season brings the opportunity to purchase Gifts of Compassion — vaccines, clean water, and mosquito nets — that can help any child in the Compassion network and their communities.
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Who it helps: Communities in need of clean water
Why we like it: Clean water is a simple solution toward preventing the 30,000 deaths that occur each week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions. Charity: water not only provides clean water sources, but frees communities to pursue new opportunities and improve their families lives. Donate directly or shop in the store. (We love the stationery!)
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8: Cause Shoppe
Who it helps: Your choice of charities and causes
Why we like it: Overwhelmed by navigating so many charity sites? Still need holiday gifts? The Cause Shoppe is a socially conscious online shop that simplifies the giving process to help everyday consumers become philanthropists. The org connects people with products and services that inspire awareness while supporting our local and global communities. Doctor Not Diva shirts? Yes.
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Who it helps: Awesome children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases
Why we like it: We love kids. St Judes holiday gift catalog outperforms. Offering research and patient care under one roof, St. Jude is unlike any other pediatric treatment and research facility. Discoveries made here have completely changed how the world treats children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. Go. Buy!
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10: 31 Bits
Who it helps: Women (and therefore families and communities) in Uganda
Why we like it: 31 Bits uses fashion and design to empower women to rise above poverty. Each piece of jewelry is handmade using 100-percent recycled, local materials. Can business turn scarcity into abundance, eventually alleviating poverty completely? Jewelry = English lessons, finance and vocational training, community, and AIDS and health education. Thats a start.
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Who it helps: Our brains, people, our brains
Why we like it: Whats better than a Sunday drive, windows down, NPR on the radio? NPR talk shows This American Life and Wait Wait ... Dont Tell Me (superior when Mo Rocca is on) all contribute to those driveway moments when you just cant stop listening. And thinking. Support it: be that guy (or gal) in the NPR shirt.
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12: Operation Smile
Who it helps: Children who suffer from cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities
Why we like it: Stock an operating room. Provide comfort after surgery, even only a blanket. Sponsor a surgery. For baby girls in China, a cleft lip can be a death sentence. Operation Smile can change that, with your help. Shop their gift catalog and save a child from a lifetime of pain.
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Who it helps: LGBTQ youths in crisis
Why we like it: The Trevor Project leads in providing crisis and suicide intervention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LGBTQ) youths. Check out easy ways (under Affinity Programs) to make your holiday travel support a future where opportunities and dreams are the same for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
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Who it helps: Loan recipients in need around the world
Why we like it: Through microfinance Kiva helps individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. You lend $25, a farmers loan is funded, his business grows — and you are repaid. Lives are changed in the process. Including your own. One of the most engaging gestures youll never forget.
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15: Feeding America
Who it helps: Hungry men, women and children in our country
Why we like it: Every dollar you donate to Feeding America helps provide eight meals to men, women, and children facing hunger in America. That means a $25 gift card in honor of a loved one will provide $200 worth of meals. Cut back $100 on your companys holiday party and provide 800 meals. Astounding.
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16: The Gentle Barn
Who it helps: Abused animals and abused children
Why we like it: Shop, donate, hug a cow, save lives. The Gentle Barn is home to animals rescued from severe abuse, neglect, or slaughter. Once rehabilitated they remain at the barn and in turn help heal abused children and those in crisis. Through these interactions with new four-legged friends, kids learn kindness, compassion, confidence, and reverence for all life.
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17: Not For Sale
Who it helps: Ends human trafficking and slavery of women and children
Why we like it: Buy a shirt, a bracelet, a journal. Re-abolish slavery. 30 million slaves are in our world today, more than at any point in history. The Not for Sale store employs survivors of human trafficking and those vulnerable to such exploitation to help pave their way to a better future. No one should be for sale.
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Who it helps: Breast cancer survivors and research
Why we like it: Purchase with a purpose to end breast cancer forever. Virtually all of us have been touched by breast cancer, whether a loved one has had it or ourselves personally. Donate to the cause directly or shop in their store in honor of our struggles and successes. We think the keychain works subtle wonders.
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Who it helps: Survivors of rape, abuse, and incest
Why we like it: Someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted every two minutes. RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organization, makes it painless to finish your holiday shopping while supporting its cause. Shop at your favorite retailers — including Amazon, Target, GAP, Sephora, and more — through the link below, and a portion of your purchases support RAINN.
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Who it helps: Women and children in need, in the U.S. and beyond
Why we like it: Selling eco-friendly, fair-trade products made by women, Global Girlfriend believes that economic opportunity for women holds the promise for real change in the world. When women have an income, they reinvest in themselves and in their children's health, education, and nutrition, building stronger communities over time. Bonus: the store has an extensive catalog — oh, the choices!
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Who it helps: Pregnant women worldwide
Why we like it: A woman dies every 90 seconds due to complications from pregnancy — and 90 percent of those deaths are preventable. Every Mother Counts empowers you to make a difference through giving your time, your voice, or your donation. Support midwife training or simply help lend a hand to healthcare workers. Count us in!
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Who it helps: Children in over 150 countries
Why we like it: UNICEF is doing whatever it takes to save a child, whether its through selling funky graphic tees or auctioning off tap water from celebritys houses. This global humanitarian relief organization provides children with health care, nutrition, education, and more.
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23: Donors Choose
Who it helps: Students in need
Why we like it: Public school teachers across America post classroom supply requests on DonorsChoose.org, ranging from pencils for poetry to violins for school recitals. Give any amount to the project that inspires you. Once a project reaches its funding goal, they deliver the materials to the school — and you get to check out photos of what you helped achieve.
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Who it helps: Women in Uganda
Why we like it: Selling gorgeous jewelry, indulgent shea butter, and lip balm, BeadforLife helps women lift their families out of extreme poverty by connecting people worldwide in a circle of exchange that enriches everyone. The paper beaded jewelry and shea butter become income, food, medicine, school fees, and hope for those that need it.
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Who it helps: Pregnant mothers affected by HIV
Why we like it: By supporting mothers2mothers you can help eradicate mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The organization relies on trained local women to provide education and support for pregnant women and mothers living with HIV. When mothers are involved in mentoring other HIV-positive women, mothers and babies are more likely to receive and take their medication.
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