I mentioned it in THIS POST, but there are so many wonderful organizations which exist for the entire purpose of helping the less fortunate. They do this through creating products that you and I purchase every day and donating a majority of the profit to the less fortunate. They feed children. They educate people. They put shoes on children and those in need. It might not seem like much, but it is to the one that received it. It would be my hope that before you purchase something from a “Big Box” chain that goes to someones bank account in America, you would at least consider making the same purchase from one of these organizations. Each little bit makes a big difference. Please let me know if there are others that you are aware of that I can add to this list. Let’s all DO SOMETHING!
Hello Somebody (hello-somebody.org)
Hello Somebody offer hoodies, shirts, tank tops and (my favorite) watches. Each purchase goes toward feeding and educating boys in Rwanda. Love this organization and movement!
Toms Shoes (Toms.com)
Toms provides a pair of shoes to someone in need with every purchase of a pair of their shoes. The selection has really grown over the years and the impact is unbelievable. Major shoe manufacturers have even taken notice and are starting their own campaigns. Toms also carries eyewear now.
Soles 4 Souls (Soles4Souls.org)
Primarily a site to donate for a pair of shoes for someone in need, Soles4Souls also have shirts and hats that donate a portion of the proceeds to a pair of shoes. This organization has been featured on several nationally syndicated television shows and is another favorite of mine.
Project 7 (Project7.com)
Project 7 is a web site filled with items to purchase. They’ve gone big time and can be found in major retail locations across the United States as well. Coffee, Gum, Mints, Water and T-Shirts. Great, great stuff. Project 7 doesn’t just give to one cause, they support several. See the full list (HERE)
31 Bits (31bits.com)
This one’s for the girls…as they say. Love this organization! 31 Bits sells jewelry which has been purchased directly from women in Uganda. Through their purchases, they have created a sustainable business for these women. Through this program they promote english lessons, finance training, community groups, Aids and health education and vocational training. Excellent concept and the jewelry looks great. Check it out for the women in your life!
The 410 Bridge (410Bridge.org)
The 410 bridge has several products on their web site. Their mission is create leaders in Kenya so that they can sustain progress on their own. What caught my attention was the keychain/ornament they are offering for $10. Again, they have several products in their store so check them all out. By purchasing a key chain for $10, you can be part of creating sustainable micro-business in Kenya, while impacting the quality of life for orphaned and vulnerable children. Buy a 143 leather “X”. Use is as a key chain, zipper tag, or put it on a necklace and make a difference in the lives of orphans in the world.
Charity Water (CharityWater.org)
Another great organization here. I am not sure if you’re like me, but I leave the water running when I shave. Who knows how much water just runs straight down the drain. Now thing about those that have to walk miles to get a days water, which is probably dirty and filled with horrible things. Charity Water’s mission is to build wells in underdeveloped countries. They have a variety of products to purchase in their store including shirts, hoodies, bracelets, thermoses and skins for your laptop and cell phone. Great stuff.
Gift Card Giver (GiftCardGiver.com)
Love, love, LOVE this concept. How many of you have a gift card in your wallet with a few dollars left on it? It’s not enough to make a full purchase, but still has a few bucks you will most likely never use? Enter Gift Card Giver. Send those cards to them and they consolidate them to pass along to someone less fortunate! You can send them full gift cards as a donation too. Check out their web site for more information and ideas. Love these guys.
Krochet Kids (KrochetKids.org)
Buy a hat, change a life. Krochet Kids works with the less fortunate in Peru to create incredible hats and accessories. All hats are signed by the person who created it. You can go to their web site and learn more about that person once you receive it. How cool is that? You can SEE who you helped! They also have shirts.
In 2001, Jonathan Golden, founder of Land of a Thousand Hills, recognized a simple and tangible opportunity to make a difference in the reconciliation of the Rwandan people. This realization led Golden to start a coffee company that pays a fair wage to the farmers of Rwanda, helps them with their basic needs, and brings a quality product to coffee lovers.