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It’s Nice To Receive, But Nicer To Give

I remember one Christmas when I was really young, I had just finished watching The Grinch (the original) and began understanding the “real” meaning of Christmas. I then I began preaching to my poor younger sister about the importance of giving during the holiday season.

Over the year the message became more clear and giving gifts is easily my favorite part of Christmas. I love surprising people with something thoughtful. I even went as far as making an Excel spreadsheet for gifts this year.

And in the spirit of the holidays and of giving, I have realized how important it is to give back to those less fortunate. Any time is a good time to give back, but I find a special importance during the holidays. I love the idea of holiday miracles and that anything can happen.

Whether you donate time or money, try to add giving back to your list this year.

In case you’re not entirely sure where to start, I’ll help you out.

There are 3 different geographical areas I consider when I research charities and nonprofits, which are: local, national, and global causes. I’ve put together some examples of each one to hopefully give you some ideas and inspiration. Happy Holidays!

The Grinch

Local

Find a cause that directly effects your community.

Animal Shelters, Libraries, Homeless Shelters, Support Groups, After School Programs, Park/Beach Cleanup, Environmental Research, Hospice, Museums

You can also look into locally run non-profits. For example there is a non-profit called Safe Passage, which helps children in Guatemala, but is run in my tiny, little hometown in Maine.

National

These causes operate nationwide.

Make A Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. If you haven’t watched the Bat Kid video yet, you gotta check it out.

The Project Night Night gives homeless children care packages filled with a new security blanket, an age-appropriate book, and a stuffed animal.

No More is a public awareness and engagement campaign focused on ending domestic violence and sexual assault.

The American Cancer Society is the largest nongovernmental funder of cancer research in the United States. They are working every day to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

American Heart Association helps to build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Donations help fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies and provide lifesaving tools and information.

Global

These causes make the whole world a better place.

Habitat For Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope. You can donate or volunteer your time to help build a house.

The World Wildlife Fund is the world’s leading conservation organization. Their mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth.

Project HOPE delivers essential medicines and supplies, volunteers and medical training to prevent disease, promote wellness, respond to disaster and save lives around the globe.

GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money. This one for the Sunda pangolin (one of the most trafficked mammal in the world) really pulled at my heart strings.

Help stop the Ebola outbreak in West Africa by donating to UNICEF.  UNICEF is airlifting essential supplies, distributing vital health information and caring for children and families.

Heifer International helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty.  You can give an animal which can provide wool, milk, eggs and more. It’s almost like donating a small business to someone. You can check out their gift catalog here.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Do you have any causes that are close to your heart? Share them in the comments below!


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Friday Finds

Friday Finds 5

1. Need a some last minute gift ideas? Check out these DIY face mists. Since you make it yourself, you know there are no harsh chemicals in it. They even provide you with cute printable labels.

2.Here’s a your guide to buying natural fibers. Not only does it let you know which materials are better for the environment, but it also shows you where you can buy clothes made by these materials.

3. Any Gossip Girl fans out there? Check out these “All about that Bass” shirts. You so clever, Ed Westwick. Portions of the sales go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Also a great gift!

4. Staying grounded and relaxed during the holidays can be a little tricky. Check out this blog post about holiday “baggage”. I promise it puts everything in perspective.

5. And on a lighter note, here are some of this years unsung heroes of cute. WARNING: super cute!


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Fashion Foundation Gifts That Keep Giving

gift of education

A few months ago I did an interview with Amanda Munz about her wonderful non-profit, The Fashion Foundation. I think it’s about time for an update on some of the amazing things she’s been up to since then.

November 13th marked the one year launch of their website. After that The Fashion Foundation hosted their very first annual kick off fundraiser and I would say it was a pretty big success. They sold out! Over 130 people came and over $6,000 was raised for their next school partnership. They had raffle donations from some pretty cool peeps like Calvin Klein, Michael Stars, and Dream Hotel. They even had desserts donated from bakeries throughout New York. Sounds like a pretty great time to me!

Currently, The Fashion Foundation is working on their third school partnership, which is a middle school in Queens. Because of budget cuts, the art classes at the school struggle to supply students with the necessary materials. The Fashion Foundation is donating $750 worth of art supplies to allow the students a chance to freely express their creativity.

Once The Fashion Foundation reaches that goal, it just keeps going! They are in the process of finding two new schools to partner with. So far they have worked with one elementary school and two middle schools, but Amanda is hoping to extend all the way up to high schools.

The Fashion Foundation has also partnered with AmazonSmile, which will donate .5% of your Amazon purchases to The Fashion Foundation. It’s so simple! Just click here to get started. I know you’re going to buy one holiday item on Amazon this year!

Aside from making donations, there are two other fun ways you can help the cause. One way is buying gifts that give back. There are so many gift options available online and they’re all affordable options!

give that gives backBut if you’re like me and already finished your Christmas shopping because you are a gift giving nut case, then why not buy something for yourself? With holiday parties galore and New Years right around the corner (yikes!), you should treat yourself to a new outfit! If you’re looking for something fashionable, then you’ve come to the right place. Amanda put some awesome ideas together that might just get your creative juices flowing…

holiday looks

Michael Kors Red Dress $79.50 $24.00 / Starfish Necklace $32.99 $15.00 / Aldo Black Clutch $35.00 $9.00 / Elle Nude Heels $59.99$16.00 / Kenar Black Sparkle Top $42.00 $10.00 / Forever 21 Houndstooth Skirt $15.00

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Presents With A Purpose: Women’s Causes

Today is the last day of my Moorea Seal Presents With A Purpose gift guide series. Phew. Are you sick of me yet? Blogging everyday this week was a big challenge, but I’m glad I’m really glad I never gave up.

From the products to the charity, today is all about the ladies. The products featured today donate 7% of proceeds to the Athena Network, which has been at the forefront of ensuring gender equality and human rights in the HIV response since 2006. They are partnered with 31 global and regional women’s organizations to advance the recognition, protection, and fulfillment of women’s and girls’ human rights as a component to the response to HIV and AIDS.

Click here to see all of the products below and much much more.

Womens

1. Agate Arrowhead Necklace / 2. Teal Cylinder Vessel / 3. Pennant Earrings / 4. Amethyst Druzy Ring / 5. Speckled Sphere Vessel / 6. Stardust Quartz Ring / 7. Brigid Flats / 8. Jagged Diamond Duffel Bag