You can make a difference this Holiday Season as you shop. If you are like me and you still have shopping to fit in before Christmas, check out these stores below they are unique in one, some, or all of these ways.
- The things you can buy have been made by people who have been paid a fair wage in fair working conditions.
- Proceeds from what you buy go to help others.
- What you purchase supports local businesses.
- It is second hand which means you aren’t adding to the problem of labor trafficking with your dollars.
This is by no means even close to an exhaustive list, this is simply a start. Please leave your suggestions in the comments!
Here in Minnesota
“Greater Good offers a wide array of gift items and connects shoppers with charities that help people, save pets and improve the planet. A percentage of each purchase goes toward making the world a better place.”
Our pillars of philanthropy are:
- Donate a total of 1% of all sales to local and international charities
- Fund employee volunteer hours each month
- Work with vendor partners who share our mission to give back
Learn more at http://www.altardstate.com/-giving
Art 2 Heart is a non profit (501c) creativity ministry that encourages, equips, and empowers others by sharing the love of Christ and the gifts he’s given us to make the world a better place. We have a gift shop that features handmade work by local and global artists. We are 100% volunteer and are inspired to make a difference in the world through creativity!
For more information and for hours visit http://art2heart.myshopify.com/.
“We are a small family living in the heart of the driftless region of Wisconsin. We craft small batches of amazing goodness for your family. From our organic sugar scrubs to creamy body butters, best ever lip balms to our plant infused muscle rub oil, natural sunsprays to gourmet laundry soap, everything is handmade with love right here on our funky little farm. We believe that what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body, so all of our plant infused products are made without harmful chemicals, synthetic fragrances or annoying dyes”
Shop now at http://www.blueeggfarmstore.com/
We work to educate and equip individuals, organizations, and communities to the abolishment of human trafficking – specifically domestically. Fierce Freedom is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.
“Oh what a wonderful time of year it is! Start your Christmas shopping off with gifts that give again! With every purchase an additional gift box is donated to an organization rescuing women from sexual exploitation in Minnesota.”
See their gift boxes at https://www.etsy.com/shop/upliftabox
“Every Piece Has its Own Story // LuLaRoe strives to continuously find ways to Bless Lives and Strengthen Families. Believe it or not, your favorite LuLaRoe piece has its own story. The production and development that goes into each style, print and design touches the hands of thousands of artists and craftsmen around the world. From Korea to Guatemala, to the US and Vietnam, together we are blessing the lives of over 100,000 families.
Arriving in the hands of our Customers, each piece embarks on its own journey, complimenting the story of the beautiful person wearing it. Live the LuLaRoe Culture and Join the Movement. Simply Comfortable – LuLaRoe” Taken from the LulaRoe website.
Artisan Partner Organizations
“We partner with talented artisan entrepreneurs to make a difference in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities. By developing artisan businesses through fair trade, we empower them to grow sustainably and to create dignified jobs for people who need them. Together we’re building a flourishing world where children are cherished, women are empowered, people have jobs and we are connected.” Learn More Here.
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“We work with the artisans themselves and organizations that are helping women in difficult circumstances. Some women have been rescued from sex slavery. Others are raising handicapped children alone. Some are in war torn countries and others have AIDS. These women have never had the chances we’ve had, yet they are just like us in so many ways. They love their families and hope and dream of a better life for them.”
“Our whole mission at Vi Bella Jewelry is centered on providing a path out of poverty for our artisans and a deep desire to form a community for them that is encouraging and prayerful. The employment that Vi Bella artisans are given creating jewelry and accessories also creates more beautiful lives for them, their children, and their communities.”
NO TOXIC DYES
NO TOXIC PESTICIDES
NO CHILD LABOR
“At The Flourish Market, we’re all about spreading dignity across the globe. We are an online boutique + brick & mortar store in Raleigh, NC that partners with 32 brands that work all over the world, providing dignified jobs and fair wages to inspiring artisans and makers in vulnerable communities.”
“To provide hope to overcomers of sex trafficking in Nepal. A positive source of income that reinforces independence, a healthy self-image, and confidence restores lives one elegant tee at a time.”
“In 2013, we made the decision to partner with House, where a portion of every sale wouldgo toward building orphanages in India to house 50 orphans each. The response to our brand has farexceeded our expectations, and as a result we were able to buildtwo orphanages in the summer of 2014 and another five in 2015,taking a total of around 160 orphans off the street between them all! ” Learn More Here
Secondhand Clothes. Firsthand Fun.
25 daily devotionals for families focusing on the true meaning and impact of Christmas. Included in this Family Devotional are daily activities and ornaments to color that coincide with each day.
Steph is a mom to four girls and wife to one very supportive man. She is the Executive Director of Stories Foundation and is passionate about fighting for freedom both spiritual and physical. Her days consist of car pooling, ministry, parenting and lots of coffee.