It’s that time of year! (YAY!) The stores have started decorating, the commercials are trying to sell their version of a “magical” Christmas, and my neighbors have [already] put their decorations up.
Although a lot of people aren’t ready to admit to it because Thanksgiving hasn’t come yet, it is about time to start planning: the best cards to send, a list of who to buy presents for, and of course the menu for that perfect Holiday meal.
Christmas cards, gifts and food are inevitable to make the Holidays special, so why not also make them meaningful?
With a little research, everything you purchase for the perfect Holiday this year can also make a difference in someone else’s life or support a cause that you’re passionate about.
You all know my passion, so below is a list of some of my favorite stores that provide beautiful products that fight human trafficking.
Love146 -These ReImagine cards were all handmade on recycled paper by young women in the Love146 survivor care program in the Philippines. Proceeds go toward ending child trafficking and exploitation.
Sanctuary Spring -By purchasing these cards you are helping employ women who are escaping prostitution in the Philippines.
FACTAlliance – These cards were designed by American Survivors of Child Sex Trafficking. Proceeds go toward building and sustaining aftercare homes for survivors in the USA. (Much needed!)
Mercy House Kenya -Made by the girls from Mercy House Kenya. Every card is completely unique and each have a beautiful African flare.
House of Magnets -This is a neat website where you can choose your Holiday card, customize it and then choose what type of Charity you would like to donate proceeds towards. Anything from a water well to ending trafficking.
Raven and Lily -(Probably my favorite!) Created as a platform to utilize the passion of fashion and ethical design to alleviate poverty among women. Raven and Lily provide GORGEOUS, modern jewelry, accessories, clothing and gifts made by women from all over the world who were at risk and are now employed at fair wages.
Starfish Project – Established to provide alternative employment to empower exploited women in Asia. This store also has amazingly beautiful jewelry! (Check out the Lily necklace. FAB.)
Live Fashionable -Provides employment to women in Africa so that they will have a life-changing impact on their family and community. They make some of the most beautiful scarves I’ve ever seen!
Sak Saum -A ministry dedicated to the rescue, restoration, transformation and rehabilitation of vulnerable and exploited women and men in Cambodia. If you are looking for a handbag for someone, look no further. I’m loving the Mary Clutch!
Made by Survivors -Offering pretty much everything, Made by Survivors gives 100% of their proceeds to fight trafficking and end slavery. All products are made by people around the world who have been exploited or lived in extreme poverty. The best part is that they have a kid’s department, but nothing is made by kids!!
Amazon Smile -Now you can shop your favorite online store for anything (and I mean anything) and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to a charity of your choice! Just click the link, sign in and choose what organization you would like to choose! (RescueHer.org, anyone?)
ZOE Coffee -If you drink coffee every morning anyway, why not make it count? Try ZOE, a European style, dark roasted, fair trade coffee. Each sip is a step closer to ending slavery!
Free2Work -Before you plan that perfect Holiday meal, learn how your favorite brands relate to trafficking and other labor abuses. Free2Work provides consumers with information on forced and child labor for the brands and products they love. (Check out chocolate*.) *Warning: Once you look you can never again say that you did not know.
Fair Trade USA -This site is kind of fun! Choose what type of food (or product) you are needing and it will give you a list of brands that are fair trade!
Whole Foods -Claiming to be the “America’s healthiest grocery store,” Whole Foods seeks out the finest natural and organic foods available, maintain the strictest quality standards in the industry, and have an unshakable commitment to sustainable agriculture.
Market Street -Committed to be more environmentally friendly, Market Street is a unique, one-stop shopping experience that combines shoppers’ everyday grocery needs with the gourmet and specialty items, whole-health products, and freshly prepared foods they create.
These are just some of my favorites. There are so many stores that support causes. You can find one that supports your passion, all it takes is a little research.
What causes are you going to support this year?