Give Back While You Shop
It's always a good idea to look for ways to give back, whether through donations of time, money or other means. Many companies now give a portion of their sales to worthwhile charitable causes, allowing consumers to give back while shopping. Here are some fashion and jewelry lines that you should consider next time you are shopping.
Secrets of Charm scarvesSecrets of Charm, which features vintage-inspired clothes worn by celebrities such as Michelle Williams, recently created the Hope Shining scarf which will generate funds to help raise awareness about child abuse and the programs lead by Safe Horizon. Safe Horizon is the nations leading victim assistance organization.
With Secrets of Charm, 100 percent of the proceeds from the net sales of the scarf and other items in the Hope Shining collection will help raise awareness about child abuse. When you purchase an item from the collection, you will receive the "10 Signs of Child Abuse" tip card which helps encourage everyone to learn the signs of abuse and educate others. The proceeds will also be utilized to purchase basic materials needed at Child Advocacy Centers which help abused children restore their lives. These items include necessities such as baby formula, diapers, clothing and blankets, as well as books, blocks, puzzles and crayons. You can shop from the Hope Shining accessories collection at secretsofcharm.com.
Alp-n-Rock clothingAlp-n-Rock debuted an eco-friendly, ultra luxe clothing line that gives back a portion of their profits to charity. Their Fall 2008 collection includes beautiful designs for both men and women. Alp-n-Rock donates 10 percent of profits from every garment sold to Room to Read, an organization that funds girls' scholarships in developing countries around the world. Alp-n-Rock is the only U.S. made clothing brand that offers edgy alpine designs while striving to break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time.
Angela Moore ovarian cancer awareness collectionAngela Moore has partnered with the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) to create a special collection of jewelry. To recognize the importance of the work that the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund does, Angela Moore donates 15 percent of the proceeds from this entire collection back to the organization all year long.
The beautiful pieces in the collection are all hand painted. They can be purchased by phone at 800-927-5470 or online at angelamoore.com. Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths among women. However because ovarian cancer is not as common as breast cancer, and because survival rates are poor, it does not produce an army of survivors to raise awareness. The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) funds research to find a method of early detection and ultimately a cure for ovarian cancer. To learn more about ovarian cancer or to donate direction, please visit OCRF.org.
Paper to PearlsThe non-profit organization Voices for Global Change works with women in refugee camps in Northern Uganda. They currently work with 200 women who make necklaces, bracelets and earrings from recycled paper. The project, dubbed Paper to Pearls, is having a tremendous impact in transforming the beaders' lives. The jewelry is beautiful, fashionable and comes in a variety of styles and colors. You can view the Paper to Pearls collection and shop online.
Me to We [Responsible Style]Me to We [Responsible Style] is an organic fashion line that donates 50 percent of all its profits to Free The Children, a charity building sustainable communities for children in underprivileged areas around the globe. Me to We has a scarf that is made of organic cotton, bamboo and recycled polyester. It comes in asphalt, black, blue and magenta. This fashion accessory can liven up any outfit with a hip, eco-chic look. Me to We also carries a collection of T-shirts, hoodies, polos and yoga pants. You can shop from Me to We [Responsible Style] online at metowestyle.com.
BooJeeBeadsThe BooJeeBeads collection features 80 styles of classy and fun glass beaded lanyards. These BooJeeBeads ID necklaces can be found in over 3500 retail gift shops around the world and online. They also offer ID Jewelry, designed specifically for cancer survivors and their supporters. The company donates 10 percent of the revenue from the sales of their cancer ribbon product to the American Cancer Society annually.
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