Christmas is just 5 days away and if you are looking for last minute gifts that give back, we’ve got some awesome suggestions for you!
~One of our favorites is to sponsor or ‘adopt‘ an animal in a loved one’s name. You can adopt a penguin, a shark, a wolf, an elephant, a tiger, a gorilla, a rescued farm animal, an Indian street dog and if you’re worried about your adoption package not arriving on time, you can download a certificate of adoption to give on the day of.
~Plant a tree as a gift. Help protect and restore one of the Earth’s biggest and most endangered tropical forests. One dollar plants one tree and helps support the Conservancy’s Plant a Billion Trees campaign in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. When you give Plant a Billion Trees as a gift, you can select the number of trees you plant and to help save paper, you can set up an e-card to announce your gift on any day you choose.
~You can also make a donation to a charity in someone’s name. Here are more of our favorites:
- Stand Up To Cancer – Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) is a groundbreaking initiative created to accelerate innovative cancer research that will get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now.
- Earthjustice – Earthjustice is a non-profit public interest law organization dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth, and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment.
- RAINN – RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization and was named one of “America’s 100 Best Charities” by Worth magazine. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE and online.rainn.org) in partnership with more than 1,100 local rape crisis centers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
- Aid For Africa – Aid for Africa is a unique alliance of U.S.-based charities and their African partners dedicated to helping children, families, and communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Their grassroots programs focus on health, education, economic development, arts & culture, conservation, and wildlife protection in Africa.
- Not For Sale – Not For Sale fights human trafficking and modern-day slavery around the world. Through international work on the ground and in mainstream supply chains, they proactively target the root causes of slavery while engaging and equipping the movement for freedom.
- Charter For Compassion – The Charter of Compassion is a cooperative effort to restore not only compassionate thinking but, more importantly, compassionate action to the center of religious, moral and political life. Compassion is the principled determination to put ourselves in the shoes of the other, and lies at the heart of all religious and ethical systems.
If you don’t mind your gift being a little late…
- Falling Whistles – Falling Whistles is a campaign for peace in the Congo. They sell whistles as a symbol of protest and ask you, will you be a whistle-blower for peace.
- People Water – For every bottle purchased, People Water will give an equal amount of water to someone in need.
- The Giving Keys – The Giving Keys exists to employ those transitioning out of homelessness to engrave recycled keys that get sold and shared around the world. Each key necklace is unique and carries a message like HOPE, STRENGTH, DREAM or COURAGE. When the wearer of the key encounters someone else who needs the message on the key, they give it away and then tell us their story.
- We WOOD – Made of 100% natural wood, We WOOD makes high tech timber timepieces and plants one tree for every watch sold.
- The Soul Project – They are a team of visionary entrepreneurs, designers and artists that have come together to launch a simple and innovative apparel company that holds “socially conscious capitalism” as a core cultural value. The donate $1 of every product sold to local kids and environmental charities.
But wait there’s more!
Watsi is like Kickstarter for charity, this new nonprofit enables you to directly fund low-cost, high-impact medical treatments for people in need. Right now you can fund the treatment for:
- Rangi needs surgery to treat rheumatic heart disease and live a normal life. She is a 9-year-old girl from Nepal with rheumatic heart disease. She suffers from shortness of breath and heart palpitations, especially when walking or doing any other kind of activity. She needs surgery to correct her condition and enable her to live a normal, healthy life.This is 93% funded! Only $90 left to go!
- Sakey needs orthopedic surgery to regain use of his hand and arm. He is a 26-year-old man from Cambodia who fell off the roof of a house during rainy season and suffered a non-union fracture to his arm. As a result of the accident, Sakey lost all ability to rotate his hand and arm, and was fired from his job as a rubber farmer. Sakey said that his current condition is “disturbing his life.” Fortunately, doctors at CSC believe they can repair Sakey’s arm. The treatment, which includes open reduction and pinning, will enable Sakey to regain use of his arm and return to work in agriculture so he can continue to support his family and four sisters. This is only 3% funded! $305 left to go!
- Den needs surgery and physical therapy to regain the use of his hand and life a normal life. He is a 21-year-old man from Cambodia who was in a motorcycle accident and suffered a severe cut on his arm. As a result of the accident, Den has nerve damage and atrophy in his left hand. He lost most of the feeling in his hand and can barely bend his fingers. This is only 1% funded! $310 left to go!
If you’ve you’ve got any more last minute gifts that give back, let us know and we’ll post them straight away!
~B & the Love Infinitely Team
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