With the holidays just around the corner it’s hard not to get into the spirit of giving. Your shopping around for your aunts and uncles, your friends and co-workers. Heck, you may even be shopping for your third cousin’s newborn baby, but have you ever thought about giving to people who are actually in need?
Around the world people everywhere are faced with a number of hardships. There’s poverty, starvation, and environmental disasters to name a few. These problems aren’t just in third world countries either, they are right in your backyard.
Helping out people who are in need may be the best gift you could give for the holidays. Here we comprised a list of eight organizations that make it super easy to give back at any time of the year.
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Project 7 is an organization dedicated to selling “products for good.” Every purchase of gum or mints gives back to seven different areas of need. This organization was put together to sell products with a purpose.
One for One
The popular brand Toms runs a campaign called One for One. How it works is that with every pair of Toms you purchase a pair of shoes goes to a child in need.
Yoobi stands for “one for you, one for me.” They are an organization dedicated to giving school supplies to schools in need with every purchase. For example, if you buy a calculator a school with get a calculator too.
BOGO Bowl is for all you pet lovers out there. They are a cat and dog food brand that supplies shelters with food after every purchase of their brand food.
Drop for Drop
The company People Water have the promise that with every bottle water they sell the equal amount of clean water will be given to a person in need.
One Laptop Per Child
OLPC believes that all children should be able to be empowered by education through technology. If you donate enough money you can receive a laptop and in return one will be sent to a child in need. The cool part is that these laptops have educational programs on them for the children to learn.
Better World Books
Better World Books is an online bookstore that donate books and gives to other literary causes around the world. They believe that every child should be able to read. They donate to schools, as well.
With every pair of eye glasses bought from Warby Parker is a pair given to someone in need. They even teach locals how to give eye exams so that locals can continue keeping up with good eye health.
These are just a few organizations of thousands that give back. Find one that suits you the best or donate to a handful! Giving back is such a great thing to get in the habit of doing; it gives you a perspective on life. It always pays to pay it forward.