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Nine online shopping companies that give extra

Alayna Howard, Reporter

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The holidays are here, which means it’s time to be thinking about holiday shopping. This year, instead of purchasing products whose profits only benefit companies, consider giving back.

There are many relatively easy ways to do this: you can purchase items via websites who partner with larger corporations to donate money; you can purchase items from groups who donate the proceeds; or you can buy from companies who pledge to donate an item for every item purchased. Here’s a short list of companies who put their profits to use in ways that help people around the world.

Twice as Warm (twiceaswarm.com)

This group has a “Buy One, Give One” policy for its warm winter clothing items. They sell scarves, gloves, and hats, and pledge to donate an item for each item purchased to organizations who can distribute the items to those in need.

ROMA Boots (romaboots.com)

ROMA Boots sells stylish rain boots. For each pair purchased, a pair is donated to a child in need. Purchasing a pair of rain boots as a gift for a loved one (or yourself) means another pair is donated to someone who needs them – meaning your purchase directly helps someone in need stay warm and dry. Additionally, ten per cent of all proceeds help to fund educational initiatives around the world.

Smile Squared (smilesquared.com)

Toothbrushes make a great stocking stuffer for kiddos (or adults – everybody brushes their teeth, right?), and for each toothbrush purchased Smile Squared donates one to children in need. Oral health is extremely important, and your purchase could help someone in need smile brighter.

FEED (feedprojects.com)

FEED is a company that sells purses and bags and creates environmentally-friendly products using fair labor conditions to provide meals to children around the world. Hunger is a daily reality for millions of people, and purchasing from this group allows you to participate in a fight against hunger for people across the globe and in the U.S. They provide Vitamin A, emergency help, school meals, mother-child nutrition and micronutrients. Many of the purses and handbags are stamped with a number that shows how many meals were provided by that purchase. Buying one of their purses as a gift provides food to someone who might otherwise be without!

Box Lunch (boxlunch.com)

Box Lunch sells popular culture themed clothing, decor and accessories. Box Lunch partners with Feeding America in order to provide one meal to a person in need for every $10 spent in stores or online, so purchasing your gifts from them helps combat hunger across the United States.

Out of Print (outofprintclothing.com)

Out of Print sells clothing and other accessories based on themes from literature, which makes their products perfect gifts for the literature fanatic in your life. A portion of all their proceeds “helps to fund literacy programs and book donations to communities in need,” and bring literacy programs to underserved communities.

Ivory Ella (ivoryella.com)

Is there an elephant lover in your life you’d like to shop for? Ivory Ella sells stylish elephant-themed clothing, jewelry and other accessories. They donate ten per cent of annual profits to elephant conservation, health, childhood education, social services and veteran-related charitable organizations.

Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com)

This is regular Amazon shopping, but for a cause – Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to a charitable organization of your choice. The products stay the same and the price of your purchase isn’t affected. You can choose from AmazonSmile’s list of organizations for your money to benefit, a list which includes The Boys and Girls Club of America, The Best Friends Animal Society, the American Cancer Society and the Against Malaria Foundation. You can also find your own organization via a search bar which requests the name and location of the organization you’d like to choose.

(RED) (red.org)

(RED) partners with larger corporations, and shopping (RED) products results in the manufacturer of the product sending a direct contribution to the Global Fund. The Global Fund works to fight HIV and AIDS. (RED) specifically works to fight the mother-to-child transfer of HIV, an occurrence which is more of an epidemic than one might realize – every day, 400 babies are born with HIV. Visit (RED)’s website to shop Apple, Amazon, Beats by Dre and other companies in a way that combats the spread of deadly illnesses through the purchase of their regular products – in other words, purchasing an Apple Watch or a pair of Beats headphones from (RED) can directly help people who are infected with, or at risk of being affected by, HIV and AIDS.

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