Christmas Gifts to Make a Difference

Before you go Christmas shopping this season, think about checking out these fair-trade and alternative gifts.

Fair Trade Gifts
This year buy your gifts from companies that adhere to fair trade principles: tenthousandvillages.com, fairindigo.com, serrv.org, taraluna.com, globalmamas.org.  There are many more companies to be found by searching “Fair Trade Gifts” online.

Sweatshop Alternative Clothing, SSALT.org
The Sweatshop Alternative Database has one goal: to dress you (or someone you love) head-to-toe in guaranteed non-sweatshop clothing.  Search the database by clothing type.

(RED) products, joinred.com
Buy (RED) products from top brands and help save a child in Africa.  Each time you buy a (RED) product or service, at no extra cost to you, the company who makes that product will give up to fifty percent of its profit to buy and distribute antiretroviral medicine to our brothers and sisters dying of AIDS in Africa.

Alternative Gifts


Catholic Charities USA,
catholiccharitiesusa.org
Find your local agency; take action to reduce poverty; support local programs and services.

Heifer International
, heifer.org
Buy chickens (or goats, or heifers) that a family will use for their livelihood and food.  Check out what’s new at this wonderful organization where one of the cornerstone principles is “Passing on the Gift.”

One Campaign, one.org
ONE is Americans of all beliefs and every walk of life?united as ONE?to help make poverty history. A campaign of over 2.4 million people and growing from all 50 states and over 100 of America’s most well-known and respected non-profit, advocacy and humanitarian organizations.

The Red Cross,
redcross.org
Give to the group who always arrives first in times of disaster.

Volunteer at Christmastime

Charity Guide, charityguide.org
Whether you have 15 minutes or two weeks, this site directs you to opportunities to help others.  Search by topic or amount of time you have to give.

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