The Reason for the Season
Do you ever struggle between wanting to find the perfect gift and making that gift meaningful? There was a time when the two weren’t interchangeable. Now you can “win” on both counts by giving an awesome gift AND making a small move for social good via a donation.
Every item on this list is part of an organization that is near and dear to my heart…from pet rescue to child learning centers, to MS and autism research, clean drinking water, homelessness, and more…they all help someone in need. So if you’re looking to celebrate the TRUE reason for the season, consider giving a gift that gives back!
1. ROMA Boots is on a Mission
Roma’s goal is to spread hope and love to some of the most vulnerable communities and children around the world. DID YOU KNOW that with every pair of boots purchased from ROMA Boots, a pair is donated to child in need? In addition, a percentage of Gross Sales are donated to the ROMA Foundation, to help build schools and learning centers for communities and children.
2. Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co.
Grounds & Hounds Coffee Co.® is committed to using the sale of fair trade organic, specialty coffees to support no-kill rescue organizations providing safe-havens for pups between homes. Twenty percent (20%) of all Grounds & Hounds proceeds will be donated to their rescue partners working to make the second-chance mission a reality.
3. The Home T
The Home T’s (as seen on Shark Tank) are insanely soft, and they donate a portion of the profits to multiple sclerosis research…AND the products are made in the USA!
4. Out of Print Clothing Company
Out of Print is dedicated to celebrating your favorite stories while promoting literacy in underserved communities. Each purchase helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need. It also supports the authors, publishers, and artists who made these iconic works an integral part of our lives.
5. Tom’s Shoes ONE FOR ONE Program
Through your purchases, TOMS helps provide shoes, sight, water, safe birth, and bullying prevention services to people in need. Tom’s matches every pair of shoes bought for a donation to a child in need.
6. Soma Water Filters
Soma believes clean drinking water is a basic human right. That’s why they’re a proud sponsor of charity: water, whose mission to bring safe drinking water to over 663 million people without access to it. Every time you buy a Soma filter, they donate to charity: water projects. These contributions go directly to sustainable, community-owned water projects in developing countries.
7. The Brave Collection Jewelry
Brave Collection Jewelry’s goal is to provide job opportunities to talented artisans, exposing them to a global customer and collaborating creatively. Additionally, 10% of profits are donated to fight human trafficking in Cambodia. They work with partners on the ground to support programming that empowers vulnerable Cambodian girls.
8. Love Your Melon
Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America, as well as supporting nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer. Fifty percent (50%) of profit from the sale of all Love Your Melon products is given to their nonprofit partners.
9. The Giving Keys
The Giving Keys wants to inspire the world to pay it forward, so they’ve built it into how they do business. Through their social impact employment model, every product you purchase supports job creation for people transitioning out of homelessness.
10. Thistle Farms
Thistle Farms’ mission is to HEAL, EMPOWER, and EMPLOY women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. They do this by providing safe and supportive housing, the opportunity for economic independence, and a strong community of advocates and partners. Thistle Farms believe that in the end, love is the most powerful force for change in the world.
11. Everything Happy
Everything Happy is determined to bring smiles to everyone locally and globally. For every product purchased, another product is donated to a child in need.
12. The Doll Kind Company
The Doll Kind Company recognizes that in every child’s hands lies the potential to do good and change the world. That’s why they founded TDK, to harness the power of toys for a good cause. They have created soft, huggable dolls with an extra special mission: to empower and inspire children to create a kinder world.
For each doll sold, a doll will be donated to a child less fortunate (in hospitals, orphanages, shelters, or other children in need in the US and around the world). TDK wants all children to benefit from the joy that comes with giving and to understand that no matter how much or how little you have, everyone can be kind.
13. Two Can Art
Two Can Art brings awareness to autism. Two Can Art is the collaborative collection between artist Patti Gay and her son Noah, who is autistic. Five percent (5%) of the proceeds will be donated to bring awareness of and support to those with autism.
14. Mission of Hope
I’ve had the pleasure of joining Mission of Hope twice, and it is truly life changing. As an organization following Jesus Christ, Mission of Hope exists to bring life transformation to every man, woman, and child in Haiti. Mission of Hope was founded in 1998, and continues to serve Haiti daily by meeting the physical and spiritual needs of the Haitian population. Their desire is to serve the nation of Haiti and see lives changed. Their passion is to see the hopeless find hope through Jesus Christ and empower future generations through education to bring their country out of poverty. Proceeds from every purchase are directly invested back into Mission of Hope, Haiti.
15. Kids Across America
My sons have proudly attended Kanakuk for 9 years and have also been counselors. At Kids Across America, it is their mission to build Christian leaders by encouraging, equipping, and empowering urban youth and their mentors through camping and education.