I’m pushing for another “Occupy Christmas” movement this year. Last year, a lot of people seemed enthused about the idea of bringing the consumerism down a notch for the holidays, and bringing the tangible giving up for those in need. Less plastic toys for privileged kids, more food on the table for those without . . . that kind of thing. I’ve created a list of ideas that I think could be helpful for shifting the holiday season for good:
Last week I wrote about Pure Charity and how you can register with them to earn money back on everyday purchases at places like Target, Best Buy, and Shutterfly. That money gets put into a charitable giving account that you can then disperse to your favorite causes. Like a boss.
I’d also love to point you to a resouce list I created on gifts that give back. I know a lot of people are familiar with the Tom’s shoe model: you buy something, they give something to someone in need. While this is a nice idea, it doesn’t really create a lasting effect for the recipient of a one-time gift. So I’ve attempted to research companies that are “teaching a man to fish” instead of simply giving a handout. These are companies that create jobs and that empower people to rise out of poverty: whether it be woman making necklaces in Uganda or a sewing school for former prostitutes in India. I’ve researched these organizations and feel like they represent some of the best in terms of micro-enterprise or sustainable assistance. I hope you will check out this list and consider buying some of your Christmas gifts from these amazing organizations.
Later this week, I will create a link-up for independent artisans and other companies that are giving back, so we can share resources.