Doesn’t it feel fulfilling when you see your loved one open a gift that you thoughtfully chose? What more if they knew it supports a cause that you or they are passionate about?
Gift-giving is made extra special this year with several organizations focusing on helping notable charities and causes such as COVID relief and environmental advocacies. It might not seem like a lot, but the purchase of a simple shirt or stuffed toy that doubles as donation can really go a long way.
We’ve listed down some organizations where you can buy meaningful gifts this Christmas.
iVolunteer Philippines invites you to plant seeds of hope with its campaign “iVolunteer for Christmas: Gift Love Through the iVolunTree.”
Shoppers who pledge help iVolunteer Philippines’ partner organizations (Aral Pinoy, Binhi English Literacy Foundation Inc., Citizens’ Disaster Response Center, Coalition of Services of the Elderly, Inc, CRIBS Foundation, Heart Warriors, Juan Portrait, Kythe Foundation, Philippine Jesuit Prison Services, Progressive Assistance Canada, Project Pearls and The Storytelling Project) purchase their needs for Christmas (e.g. Noche Buena packages, learning materials).
Visit www.ivolunteer.com.ph to pledge.
Do you care for the planet?
World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) released a whole new catalog of its Panda Gifts consisting of tumblers, statement shirts, sunscreen, shampoo bars and postcards. A portion of every purchase will go to WWF’s conservation initiatives.
Browse the Panda Gifts full catalog on bit.ly/PandaGifts2020.
Save the Children
Independent children’s organization Save the Children invites you to start your fundraiser today through its “E-regalo sa mga Bata” program.
For every P10,000 raised, 12 children will receive learning kits for their distance learning education or five families will receive family learning kits which contains essentials and guides for adults to get through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Register for a Simply Giving page at www.simplygiving.com/nonprofit/SavetheChildrenPH to start your own fundraiser.
World Vision Philippines
For its holiday campaign, World Vision Philippines is selling handcrafted gift items such as holiday ornaments and upcycled accessories. It directly supports the livelihood of artisans and raises funds for self-learning materials and gadgets for Filipinos in need.
Access their holiday catalog here: shorturl.at/mqsMY.
Show your deep appreciation to the country’s frontliners by purchasing Ayala Museum’s Art & Care Kit. It comes with a reusable Tipos del Pais en COVID-19 tote bag containing customizable masks, a set of creative activity sheets and a limited-edition “Maging Magiting” mask launched by the Ayala Foundation in celebration of the 2020 Philippine Independence Day.
Part of the proceeds of the kits will be donated to the museum’s Art & Wellness program which supports the country’s frontliners.
Shop at shop.ayalamuseum.org.
Animal shelters were also affected by the typhoons that wreaked havoc in the country in the past months. To continue raising funds for the hundred animals under their care and the many more it rescued during operations, CARA Philippines launched its “Portrait for CARA” program where pet owners can get a portrait of them with their beloved animals for a minimum value of P1,000 to P1,500.
Register at bit.ly/petportraitforcara.
LoveHopeFaith Group aims to continue giving joy and hope to the Filipino community with its LifeSaver Watches. For only P300, you get to not only keep track of time but also support cancer patients in their fight against the disease.
To order, visit lovehopefaithgroup.com.
Common Room PH
To help restore small businesses, Common Room PH launches the “Shop for a Cause” feature on its website. One-hundred percent of the sales from the select items will be donated to victims of the recent calamities.
Giving back never really went out of style. As the year ends, please find it in your hearts to spend for meaningful gifts to help our kababayan in need.