Gifts That Give Back
No one will
deny that ’tis better to give than receive. And the joy of giving is
doubly rewarding when there’s something extra special about the gift
... whether it’s personalized, handmade or it benefits charity.
Many gifts on
the market this holiday season offer the opportunity to give twice by
supporting a cause, and these colorful, warm and fuzzy stuffed animals
are perfect gift solutions for the hard-to-buy-for friends or relatives
and those who have everything. Countless pink items benefiting breast
cancer awareness efforts are great gift options for moms, grandmothers,
aunts and other special ladies. Guys and teens will appreciate the
associated with the high tech and trendy red products tied to the new
African AIDS relief fund. For kids, cause-related plush toys provide an
excellent opportunity to learn about the joys of giving back to the
community while making personalized gifts for their friends, siblings or
Workshop offers selected stuffed animals that children can make
themselves to benefit children’s health andwellness, literacy and
animal welfare charities. For each of these cause-related stuffed
animals purchased (priced from $16 to $25), $1 goes toward the
respective cause. It’s a great way to help others and it’s fun.
After selecting and stuffing an animal, shoppers can personalize it with
clothing and accessories.
Build-A-Bear Workshop, families can make personalized gifts for everyone
on their holiday list and also have the satisfaction of knowing that a
portion of the proceeds is going to help others,” said Maxine Clark,
company founder and chief executive bear.
Champ — A
Champion Fur Kids is a bear with patches representing various
children’s health and wellness issues such as juvenile diabetes,
cancer, autism and cerebral palsy, as well as hearing, vision and speech
limitations. Champ was inspired by
aids not-for-profit organizations like First Book by providing children
from low-income families with new books. Bearemy’s Kennel Pals,
featuring Maltipoo a new Maltese/Poodle mix, is a collection of canine
stuffed animals that supports animal shelters, stray rescue and
rehabilitation efforts and other domestic pet programs. The World
Wildlife Fund Collectibear Friends, such as Snow Leopard, benefit
conservation efforts worldwide including saving endangered species and
habitats and addressing global threats such as deforestation,
over-fishing and climate change.
hearts also can be purchased at stores and online for only $1 with the
proceeds directed to programs for children, families and animals via the
company’s Build-A-Bear Workshop Foundation. Bear
charitable giving a family holiday tradition is a great way to introduce
children to the rewards of charity and volunteering and demonstrate the
spirit of the season.
Start a Family
Tradition of Giving
one night during the holidays to volunteer.
“Family Philanthropy Meeting.” Determine how much money and/or time
your family wants to donate. Build a list of the charities your family
has supported throughout the year. Talk about the different ways to
give, and make decisions based on the answers to three questions: What
made you happy in the last year? What made you sad? How would you like
to change the world in the next year?
special fund-raising project for the coming year. Consider celebrating
family occasions like birthdays and anniversaries by giving back to
children donate gently used toys, books and clothing to those who are
re-gifting unused holiday gifts by distributing them at a retirement
home on Valentine’s Day.
in school-based programs that teach kids to raise money for charities.
needy family and take the kids to shop for food and other necessities.
your own wish list and purchasing gifts, consider those with charitable
ties, like special stuffed animal collections from Build-A-Bear Workshop
that assist children’s health and wellness, literacy and animal
that not only will starting holiday giving traditions introduce the
concepts of charity and volunteering to children, but it can also be a
great source of family fun and strengthen family bonds.
Gifts That Give Twice — Look for holiday gifts that benefit charity, like these select Build-A-Bear Workshop furry friends that help support children’s health and wellness, literacy and animal welfare charities. Pictured from left to right are Maltipoo, Champ — A Champion Fur Kids, Snow Leopard, Read Teddy and Huskie.