One of my favorite posts, every year, is my “gifts that give back” guide. But this year’s was really special, because I was invited to do a segment on Chicago’s WGN Morning News featuring some of these incredible companies – and I even “met” a few others along the way.
Today was fun, but, to be honest, there’s almost too much to say and not enough time to tell you the unbelievable stories of each of these companies – also I tend to be a little longwinded and we ran out of time.
Below are all of the companies featured on WGN’s gifts that give back segment (you can see the whole video here)
Cooper and Ella: Awesome blouses and dresses created by a working mom who really understands what women want. For every item sold, they provide a hot, nutritious lunch to children through the Hope Foundation.
Heshima Kenya: Heshima Kenya specializes in identifying and protecting unaccompanied and separated refugee children and youth, especially girls, young women and their children living in Nairobi, Kenya who receive shelter, education and community outreach services, coupled with local resources and the refugee community, empower this population to live healthy lives.
FashionAble believes its role is to INVEST IN A WOMAN. When a woman is empowered with work to do, whether in the home or in an office, she not only experiences the joy and satisfaction of developing a skill, she also creates change in those around her. FASHIONABLE’s role in this story is working with women, both locally and globally, who have overcome challenges ranging from prostitution to addiction to a lack of opportunity.
Better World Books acquires books and media from large organizations that need to discard their surplus material and sells the material with a portion of the sale supporting a non profit literacy partner. Better World Books also donates books for those that don’t have access to books.
Twice as Warm’s mission is to spread warmth. Every purchase provides a new clothing item to someone in need.
Hand in Hand Soap or every product purchased, Hand in Hand donates a bar of soap and provides a month of clean water to children in need.
Straw Envy. Every year Americans throw away 500 million straws. Straw Envy donates 20% to Texas A&M University, a sea turtle research group that rescued a sea turtle that had a disposable straw stuck in it’s nostril.
One Hope Wine Every bottle of One Hope is attached to a cause from Autism to the Environment. For every bottle sold, the One Hope Foundation partners with non-profits to make a donation.
Love with Food For every box sold, Love with Food donates a meal to several food banks such as the Feeding America Network and Share Our Strength – No Kid Hungry. Join us to help end child hunger one meal at a time!
The Perfect Provenance caliber collection is a line of jewelry that bares the serial number of illegal weapons that have been voluntarily surrendered. For each sale, 20% is donated to future gun buy back, amnesty and safety initiatives in Detroit and San Diego
Local and Lejos is a home decor company bridging communities near and far. By delivering unique, handmade goods, Local and Lejos empowers artisans to grow a business, preserve cultural traditions, and create sustainable futures for their families.
Nirvanna Designs: All products are handknit in Nepal by a network of local craftswomen who are paid for every individual item they knit. These women work from home so they have the ability to take care of their families while earning a living.
Ticamide: 2% of Ticamide’s sales to the Brain Injury Alliance of New Jersey.
Bad Hair Day: 100% net profit is donated to the Kind Campaign, educating girls to eradicate bullying.