Things We Love: Holiday Cards that Help End Childhood Hunger

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Just in time for the holiday season, Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign is offering a holiday card that embodies the true spirit of giving.

Purchase just one, and you can help connect a kid with up to 100 meals.

The No Kid Hungry Campaign is helping to end childhood hunger by connecting kids to effective nutrition programs like school breakfast and summer meals. Visit the No Kid Hungry website to take the pledge to end childhood hunger, donate or become a community advocate. Every little bit counts. In fact, just a $10 donation can help connect a kid with up to 100 meals!

Things We Love – Kids for Kids Fashion

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Here’s something that can help you plant seeds of social responsibility while engaging your children in discussion about the needs of kids all over the world.

Kids for Kids is a clothing line that features artwork made by children from different organizations. The sales of this clothing then supports these children in need around the world.

The name of the child-artist is printed on every onesie and tee that his or her drawing appears on. The orphaned child then receives recognition for his or her work of art and then provides a positive boost of self-esteem and life encouragement.

This interaction then opens a window of opportunity for parents to educate their children about less fortunate kids around the world as well as about responsible consumerism.

More About Kids for Kids: Founded by Iris Shiloh, Kids for Kids was inspired by Shiloh’s journey through India in 2010 with a focus of giving back to children who are less fortunate.

After visiting the Tibetan Children’s Village, a community that provides children with a loving and nurturing environment as well as Tibetan education and values, Shiloh became deeply passionate after meeting the children and dedicated staff of the village.

Kids for Kids donates 10% of sales to these organizations, creating a full circle of love.

Baby-suits are available in short and long sleeves with both unisex designs.  Available in sizes 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, 12-18 and 18-24, babysuits are 100% cotton and cost $20. T-shirts are available in unisex and girls.  Available in size 4 –8 and 10-12 coming soon.  T-shirts are 100% cotton and cost $20.

Kids for Kids are available at kidsforkidsfashion.com.

Things We Love – The Giving Tee

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Tiny Revolutionary has just launched its “Giving Tee” line of tees fashioned with charitable giving in mind.

All of the styles you see below are available in all sizes, from infant to an adult size XL. They are produced sweat-shop free and with non-toxic and waterbased inks.

“We want to make super cool fashion tees that mean something,” says founder BreeAnne Clodus. “Whether it’s to promote education in countries affected by the AIDS virus or provide musical instruments and lessons to homeless kids, our goal is to make the world a better place for all, through enriching the lives of our kids.”

Check ‘em out:

Save a Child’s Heart: provides life-saving heart surgeries to babies and children in poor and war torn countries. $44 retail price with $20 donation with a sale of only 500 shirts that can fully fund a child’s surgery and save a life.

One Village at a Time: to provide education and support to struggling communities in Africa, particularly those hardest hit by the AIDS epidemic. $30 retail price with $10 donation that provides food, medical care and education to children orphaned and infected by the AIDS virus.

Hands to Hearts International: makes the world a better by sharing critical knowledge about early childhood development to communities compromised by poverty and conflict. $35 retail price with $20 donation that pays for all materials to conduct a thorough training session for an entire village of caregivers, who eventually save lives as orphanages who receive this training report a massive decline in infant mortality and illness.

Tiny Revolutionary also has a “Tiny Bucks” program for charity. When you make a purchase, you earn one dollar per item and you get to choose the recipient (from a short list of approved partners) at checkout.

For more information and to see lots more styles, visit www.tinyrevolutionary.com

And for more great gift ideas, visit Momscape’s Favorite Gifts Blog.

Things We Love – Indego Africa

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There’s something very satisfying about finding a great gift or something for your home – and then knowing you can feel good about the purchase because it benefits someone else.

File this one under Gifts that Give Back: Indego Africa uses the power of the internet to bring gorgeous fair trade accessories and home decor products to market in the United States, as well as Canada and the UK. These items are crafted by talented women in Rwanda.

Indego Africa pays its artisans in Rwanda a fair trade wage. And 100% of Indego Africa’s profits go back to the artisans for training programs in literacy, business, and computers.

The items available at the Indego Africa shopping site are some of the same items featured at more than 40 high-end U.S. retailers – from Ralph Lauren and Anthopologie to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Purchasing from Indego Africa allows you to directly empower artisans in Rwanda. Through their site, you can shop online or learn more about purchasing Indego Africa items wholesale.

Another thing we love: each item comes with a hangtag featuring the name and signature of the artisan. Your artisan’s photo and biography are available on the Indego Africa website.

Featured at Anthropologie in Fall 2010 and in the NY Times Style magazine, the Knit Hood can be worn loosely as a cowl, closer to the neck as a scarf, or can be pulled over the head to act as a hood.