What can you buy for the person who has everything? How about something that benefits someone who doesn’t? 



 

 



What can you buy for the person who has everything? How about something that benefits someone who doesn’t? 



This holiday season, show your giving side by considering a gift that benefits people and animals in need.



Fight cancer with candles



For the past 14 years, PartyLite candle company has partnered with the American Cancer Society, facilitating contributions of more than $13 million. Currently, a portion of every purchase of a strawberry rhubarb GloLite candle is given to the organization.



Help rescued animals



The Animal Rescue Site store, a partner of Petfinder.com, sells a variety of items for pets and the people who love them. According to the company’s website, every purchase funds at least 14 bowls of food for shelter animals. The Gifts that Give More program allows people to make a direct donation to the animal-related cause of their choice.



Helpa helpa help the kids



For a laugh, give a download of “Feel Inside (and stuff like that),” a song by musical comedy duo Flight of the Conchords. A portion of each download from iTunes will benefit Cure Kids, a New Zealand organization that funds research to fight illnesses affecting children.  



Help with the holiday meal



Several grocery stores have programs through which purchases help causes. Kroger’s Neighbor to Neighbor program, Whole Foods’ Whole Planet Foundation and others offer opportunities for shoppers to give back. 



Help Baby Jayden



If you’d like to know exactly what child your contribution will benefit, consider giving middle grade adventure novel “The Secret Underground,” by Natalie Bahm, available on Amazon. Jayden Huynh is the 2-year-old grandson of Bahm’s critique partner and has been in the hospital more than half his life with Hirschsprung disease and other complications. 



The hospital where he was born in Christchurch, New Zealand, was heavily damaged in a 2011 earthquake, so the family moved to Australia. Bahm self-published the book under the guidance of her literary agent and will donate 100 percent of the profit from sales to Jayden’s family.


 



‘Tie one on’



December is National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month. Help make a donation to Mothers Against Drunk Driving by purchasing a Cocktail Expressions tie from Macy’s. Each tie’s design was inspired by the molecular structure of a popular alcoholic beverage and comes with a message from MADD about the dangers of drinking and driving.