12 Days of Gifts: Charitable Gifts

The holiday season is filled with spending time with friends and family. We make our wish lists, but sometimes, it is better to give than to receive. There’s no better feeling than giving a gift that also helps a great cause, so if you’re stumped on what to get someone on your gift list this year, consider these eight charitable gifts and the list of charities to donate to at the end.

The following gifts aren’t for anyone specific. They’re for everyone (especially you!):

The Gift: FEED Kenya Masai Scarf
The Price: $55
What does your money go to?: Each scarf provides 10 school meals to children.
According to the site, each scarf is made from the iconic red and purple plaid fabric used by the Kenyan Masai tribe.  Make a stylish difference with this bright scarf, which will give a nice pop of color during the winter blahs.
FEED Masai Scarf

The Gift: Gorjana Camel Drop Earrings
The Price: $40
What does your money go to?: Fifty percents of the proceeds of these simply stunning earrings are donated to help fund Pediatric Cancer Research.
Gorjana Camel Drop Earrings

The Gift: Men’s Cheap Toms Shoes Classic Stone Washed in Blue
The Price: $30.99
What does your money go to?: For every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS donates a pair to a person in need.
Toms Shoes Classic Stone Washed

The Gift: Mercury Glass Candle Pot and Votive Set
The Price: $22.99-$38.99
What does your money go to?: 50% of the purchase goes to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Mercury Glass Candle Pot and Votive Set

The Gift: Compartès Chocolatier 10-Piece Chocolate for Darfur Set
The Price: $20
What does your money go to?: Proceeds benefit Relief International’s efforts for Darfur.
Compartes Chocalatier 10-Piece Chocolate for Darfur Set

The Gift: Westward Leaning 9.4 Color Revolution Sunglasses
The Price: $165
What does your money go to?: For every pair of shades sold, the company donates $10 ($15 on orders placed through Jan. 1) to Reporters without Borders, which works to protect and defend the journalists who report on the front lines of social change.
Westward Leaning 9.4 Color Revolution Sunglasses

The Gift: Cuyana Caramel Leather Tote
The Price: $150
What does your money go to?: For the eco-friendly fashionista, a percentage of the profits goes to charity:.water, a nonprofit creating and implementing clean water solutions around the world.
Cuyana Caramel Leather Tote

The Gift: Apple Product Red iPod Nano
The Price: $129
What does your money go to?: A percentage of the proceeds goes to the Global Fund to help fund AIDS programs in Africa.

We at Forever Twenty Somethings are absolutely heartbroken over the tragedy that occurred this past Friday in Newtown CT. We couldn’t imagine not helping out those affected this Holiday season and hope you feel the same way. Below are some nonprofits you can donate to in order to help the victims’ families, friends, and neighbors. Do something for yourself this year and give support to those who need it most…

Sandy Hook School Support Fund
Donations will provide support to families affected by the mass shooting. Donations can be mailed to: Sandy Hook School Support Fund c/o Newtown Savings Bank 39 Main Street, Newtown CT 06470 or submitted online here.

Danbury Hospital
Help the hospital continue to provide crisis intervention services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and give money to local counseling and mental health agencies. Find out how you can contribute here.

Friends of the Engel Family Fund
Support the family of 6 year old victim Olivia Engel. Find out how you can donate here.

Sandy Hook Elementary School Victims Relief Fund
All donations will go towards raising funds for the victims, families and others affected by the tragic shooting. Find out how you can get involved here.

Newtown Memorial Fund
Donations will help victims’ families pay for funeral costs and be used to set up a community-wide memorial and a college scholarship fund for the students of the Newtown Public Schools. Find out how you can get involved here. 

Emilie Parker Memorial Fund
Support 6 year old victim Emilie Parker’s parents, Robbie and Alissa, in paying for medical expenses, arranging for a funeral in Utah and taking off from work to spend time with family, friends and relatives. You can donate via PayPal to the email brookeprothero@yahoo.com.

Newtown Youth and Family Services 
All donations made to this nonprofit mental health clinic will will benefit those affected. Find out how you can help here.

Newtown Parent Connection
They are offering bereavement group counseling and bringing in additional counselors to accommodate the needs of people affected by the shooting. Find out how you can help here.

Project Linus
This nonprofit has arranged to send more than 700 warm, cozy handmade blankets to children affected by this shooting. Find out how you can get involved here.

The American Red Cross
Find out how you can get involved here.

Support Family of Noah Pozner
Support 6 year old victim Noah Pozner by sending a personal letter to the family. Cards can be mailed to: Friends of Maddie 1534 North Moorpark Road Suite 284 Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

RIP <3

Check back tomorrow to see what we have in store for the sixth day of our 12 Day’s of Gifts!

Hannah Gettleman

Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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