|Many Etsy shops, like Austin-based Paloma's Nest, donate proceeds of their sales to great causes. These Heart in Hand Ornaments go to the Red Cross of Central Texas.|
As I’m cleansing my home, thus cleansing my life, I’m setting many of my belongings aside for a local battered women’s shelter. This year at Christmas, my family’s overarching theme was “giving back” – revisiting the real meaning of Christmas many of us tend to forget. We are so fortunate and sometimes forget how others are not so lucky. So for our grown-up gift exchange, part of our gift to each other was to donate time or money to a cause your person felt passionately about. We gave to the SPCA, Armstrong Foundation, Susan G. Komen, Genesis Shelter, Houston Firefighters Foundation, North Texas Rabbit Sanctuary, our local children’s hospital and the Salvation Army, among others. My entire family invested a lot of emotion and love into this meaningful yet simple gesture, and it was such a wonderful memory. We also had a family canned food drive and donation pile, which continues to build as we go through our belongings.
So may I recommend rummaging through your closets, starting fresh this New Year, and giving back to a local cause that could truly use your old coats, clothes, toys and shoes. But leave behind your ticket stubs and floppy disks – that stuff really is trash. Just let go :)
|If you're looking for creative and unique gifts that give back, consider this Needle Felted Cow by Send Sunshine, which donates proceeds to Farm Sanctuary in an effort to protect farm animals from abuse.|
|This Embroidery Pattern by Penguin and Fish sends proceeds to the SOS Children's Villages Haiti Relief Fund.|