There are so many companies today whose mission is not just to grow and profit themselves, but also to make a difference in our world. When I shop, I make a conscious effort to support either a family owned, small business, or a larger business who gives back. Here are just a few of the companies I have supported.
Yoobi makes colorful and fun school supplies. Through their partnership with the Kids in Need Foundation, for every item purchased, yoobi donates a school supply item to a child in need here in the U.S. To date, yoobi has donated nearly 75 million supplies which has impacted over 5 million kids and over 187 thousand classrooms.
Shady Rays makes quality polarized sunglasses. In partnership with Feeding America, they donate 10 meals to fight hunger in America with every order! They have already provided over 10 million meals and continue to donate thousands of meals every day through food banks across the country.
Honest Co. is a wellness brand founded by actress Jessica Alba, that makes trusted and effective products for your family, your home and for yourself. Honest Co. has a strong social goodness standard which leads to their generous donations and participation in many acts of community service. They also partner with Baby2Baby to provide millions of diapers, clothing and basic necessities to low-income families.
4Ocean leads a global ocean clean-up operation and supports a movement to end the world's reliance on single-use plastic. For every 4Ocean product that is purchased, the company pulls a pound of trash from the ocean, rivers and coastlines. To date, 4Ocean has recovered nearly 12 MILLION pounds of trash.
Love Your Melon was founded on a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer with the simple idea of putting a hat on every child battling cancer in America. To date, Love Your Melon has given 7.2 Million dollars to for pediatric cancer research and over 200,000 hats to children battling cancer.
They give 50% of net profits to nonprofit organizations around the world that fight against pediatric cancer.
Since it’s inception, Build-A-Bear Foundation has donated more than $20 million in grants, partnerships, and in-kind donations
Since 2016, they have donated more than 307,000 bears.
More than 700 nonprofit organizations have received Build-A-Bear Foundation grants.
More than 1000 nonprofit organizations and charities have received in kind donations.
Finally, we can't have an article about companies who give back without mentioning Amazon. Its online availability for almost any product, combined with affordable pricing and quick shipping make it a shopping choice for many of us. Which is why it's great to know, Amazon is a company who gives back. Not only does Amazon donate millions of dollars and products to charities worldwide through their Amazon Smile program, they allow you to choose the organization you would like your purchase to support! Through the AmazonSmile program, Amazon has donated more than $237 million globally for charities as of November 2020.
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There's no question 2020 has been a trying year for most of us. We've suffered through a long stretch of bad events where each on its own would be life-changing. To experience all of them in one year has been devastating.
The Pandemic has created stress for everyone. As our families hunker down in quarantine, medical professionals have been on the front line battling a war. Since hospitals could not allow visitors, patients were dying without having loved ones with them. Unemployment reached all-time highs with small businesses and the self employed left without ways to support themselves.
Political Unrest - As states nervously began opening up businesses with precautions to social distance and wear masks, controversy started regarding masks. Even though there are laws about wearing seat belts, helmets, and shirts & shoes in public, encouragement to wear masks in order to stop the spread of disease and enable businesses to stay open went too far for some people. Since our president would not wear a mask in public, the ideas of wearing a mask and the overall seriousness of the virus became political issues. Immediately people took sides and the situation got ugly, all for a precaution that enables us to move forward.
In addition to the pandemic, we've had natural disasters too. There were devastating tornadoes in Mississippi, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. There's been extreme flooding in Michigan and many of our southern states. Around the world we've seen earthquakes, cyclones, hurricanes, fires, and volcanoes that have all been deadly.
And if all that isn't enough, we've had protests and rioting from the murder of George Floyd. What started as an inconceivable act from a Minnesota police officer, became a Black Lives Matter message that has been heard across the globe. Although most have been peaceful protests, some protesting developed into lots of yelling, lots of destruction, tear gas, frustration, anger, confusion . . . Hate.
So where is love in all of this?
LoveAmongUs.com has shared many stories about love during the pandemic. There's been stories about people delivering food to those who couldn't get out or didn't have the means to buy food due to job loss. There are countless stories about medical professionals sitting with Corona patients who were scared and had no family to be with them. There are stories about restaurants honoring medical professionals by bringing them meals, and cities applauding doctors and nurses as they finished their shifts. Love has definitely been prevalent as we've lived through Covid-19.
But what about the protests? Where could there possibly be love there?
If you think about it, the whole reason for protesting is love. It's about seeing an injustice and caring enough to protest against it. The act of peaceful protesting in honor of George Floyd is an act of love. People who never knew George, have protested against the actions that led to his murder. "Black Lives Matter" has drawn protesters who are not just African American, it's drawn White, Asian, Latino, Indian, older people, children, etc. These protests, about police brutality and race, have been supported by the Human Race - people all coming together against police brutality and to insist that Black Lives Matter. Ultimately, these actions will result in much needed change. That is Love.
And in the midst of the protests, there were many acts of kindness - so many that the Today show ran a story on it (See Video). Time and time again we saw where love, through acts of kindness rather than force, resulted in positive change. Below are some of the stories not seen on Today:
Although 2020 is now over, we are seeing Corona virus cases surge again. The Election season, brought more political division than ever before. Unusual climate changes continue to destroy communities . We're going to need love to get through this. In a world where you can be anything, please choose to be kind. Choose Love.