With the passing of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s safe to say we've officially entered the holiday shopping season. And, as exciting as it is to score an awesome deal on the latest gadget (they make iPhone cases with bottle openers!!!), it feels even more rewarding to help out those in need.
While there are many products out there that give back to others in one way or another (ahem, might we suggest buying an ESPEROS bag?), sometimes your actions can be enough to make a difference in the life of someone else. For example, the Stand Up To Cancer organization has recently launched "The Ugly Sweater Campaign," which allows people to raise money for the organization by wearing one of those ridiculous, festive 90’s-style sweaters around town. Think Movember, but with goofy sweaters, with participants setting up fundraising pages for others to make donations.
How easy it that? You get to raise awareness for a great cause and make a bold fashion statement at the same time. Of course, we jump at the opportunity to wear sweaters like these:
Another great holiday campaign is the Macy's Believe Campaign, which benefits the Make A Wish Foundation. To make a difference with this campaign, all you have to do is write your normal list for Santa (did you know they make iPhone cases with bottle openers??). But instead of mailing it, you drop it into a designated mailbox at a Macy's location and Make A Wish will receive a $1 donation. It's almost too easy.
During these hectic holiday times, it's easy to get overwhelmed as we try to land the best deal and find the perfect gift, but we’d encourage you to take a step back and reflect on what the season of giving is really all about.And as our friend Aesop once said, "No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."