Christmas Presents. I just spent 5 hours shopping, spent more money than i want to talk about, and i am still not done shopping for Christmas presents.
Don’t get me wrong – i LOVE giving gifts. I would actually rather spend all my money on my friends and family then get something for myself. However, while sitting in a sea of full reusable shopping bags, I couldn’t shake the fact that i was spending a lot of money. And all for people who were just as fortunate as i am – we all have new, fashionable clothes, and at least one type of Apple product.
But in the spirit of the season, most people are looking for ways to give back – Here are some ways that some of my friends and myself have chosen to give gifts that give back this year:
1. Mocha Club/FashionABLE
Chances are, you’ve heard me talk about Mocha Club at one point or another. It’s a charity that encourages people to give up 2 coffee drinks a month (a $7 per month donation) to help those in need in Africa. This can mean clean water, education, health care, or food and shelter. They also have a retail store that sells everything from hoodies to comedy cd’s.
My new favorite sector of Mocha Club is called FashionABLE – they’ve created sustainable business for women in Africa. The women hand make these scarves, and all of the money goes to them and their community. I’ve already bought a couple of these for myself, and have a few on the way for Christmas gifts this year.
2. Hatian Creation
3. Invisible Children
Most of you have probably heard of Invisible Children – they’ve been on a mission to free the child soldiers forced to fight in the civil war in Uganda. Many of my friends (including my best friend Ashley!) have been roadies and interns for IC, raising awareness and support. They have all sorts of t shirt type merch, plus they have dvd and hand made bracelets (made by the kids that the dvd’s are about). Pretty cool stuff,
4. Tom’s Shoes
5. Charity: Water