Shopping for a Cause

Growing up, I always loved helping others. When I got into high school, I became very active in charity work, and began searching for causes to donate to. I came across new causes, old causes, and a few causes that I have held very close to my heart ever since.

Now... if there is one thing I love doing, it's shopping. Shopping for clothes, shoes, home goods, etc. You name it, I will shop for it! But what makes shopping even better, is knowing you are making a difference while doing it.

Here are a few of my favorite charitable causes to get involved in:

TOMS Shoes I have been wearing TOMS for years. The company is based on the One for One Movement: for every product purchased, TOMS will help someone in need. After starting out just selling and giving shoes, they have now grown to sell a number of products and give shoes, sight, and water to people around the world. I am so excited to see how much they have grown, and how much they will continue to grow!

"We’re in business to help improve lives. With every product you purchase, TOMS will help a person in need. One for One.®"

Half United Not only are Half United's products for a wonderful cause, they are also a reminder of all that we can do to help. HU is working to fight hunger by using half of the profits from every purchase to provide meals to people around the world. 

"We believe that the world’s current #1 health risk, hunger, is a battle that can be won."

Warby Parker I wear glasses every day. I have since I was in fourth grade. For every pair of glasses purchased from Warby Parker, a pair is given to someone in need, much like the One for One Movement TOMS is based around. I love that every morning when I put on my glasses, I am reminded that I helped someone see, which in turn, helped them get a job and provide for their families. Talk about a great cause!

"The nonprofit trains men and women in developing countries to give basic eye exams and sell glasses to their communities at affordable prices."

Give Will WILL Leather Goods is one of my favorite brands. They are a family owned company, based out of Eugene, Oregon. WILL is dedicated to donating 500,000 backpacks to children in underfunded public schools across America through their program, Give WILL. These backpacks have a space for the children to write their name and their dream(s).

"The backpack will not only provide them with a secure place to store their materials, but also act as a reminder for them to keep working toward their goals."

Pura Vida Bracelets In addition to providing jobs for artisans in Costa Rica, the charity collection of bracelets sold by Pura Vida aims to give back to many different charities around the world. 

"From the protection of our ocean habitats to cancer research, we try to support as many causes and organizations as possible."

Falling Whistles As one of the very first charitable causes (other than TWLOHA and TOMS) that I got involved in, this one holds a very special place in my heart! Falling Whistles is a nonprofit organization campaigning for peace in the Congo. Young boys too small to carry guns, are sent to the front lines, armed with nothing but a whistle. 

"Their weapon could be our voice."

Like I said, these are just a few of the many, many incredible causes out there. 

What are your favorite causes? Share them below so we can all get involved!

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