Giving Gifts is all about giving, so when I was asked if I wanted to participate in a fund to help a local school in need, I jumped at the opportunity. After all, Giving Gifts is donating 10% of sales in November, December and January to Free the Children to help build a school for kids in Kenya, so this collaboration with other Canadian online small businesses to help support a local school is a perfect fit. The Making Magic Fund was the idea of Suzanne from Mommy Footprint and Green Planet Parties. (if you haven't checked out Green Planet Parties, you really should! It is my go-to place when planning birthday parties.) She was inspired, as we all were, by the story published in The Vancouver Sun a few months ago. It was written by, Carrie, a teacher at a inner city school asking for help. Click here to read the article. The Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund launched a project called Adopt-a-School, where you can see the specific needs at each school and donate money or items to make a difference. Of course, money is the thing that most schools need and the great thing about donating through Adopt-a-School is that they match all donations, so all monetary donations are immediately doubled!
There are 12 BC small businesses participating in the fund. They are all online stores, like Giving Gifts, and many of them, including Kippo Kids and Apricot Culotte and Green Planet Parties I have ordered from and received many amazing products from in the past. I'm proud to be part of this group of businesses. These 13 stores are donating a portion of their sales from December 5th to 11th, 2011 to the Making Magic Fund which will be donated through the Adopt-a-School program. It is win-win for everyone. You'll be shopping for amazing holiday gifts and supporting some awesome small businesses, while we donate a portion of sales to help schools and kids in need. Giving Gifts will be donating 10% of sales from December 5th to 11th to the Making Magic Fund, that is in addition to the 10% that Giving Gifts is donating to Free the Children during the month of December. When you shop at Giving Gifts between December 5th and 11th, you'll be helping school kids in need in Kenya and school kids in need in Vancouver at the same time!
Please check out (and shop at) the following online stores between December 5th and 11th to support this amazing project! To read what Suzanne wrote on her Mommy Footprint Blog, click here.
Apricot Culotte: is an e-boutique specialized in previously Loved baby clothes that we bring in from France. We also carry end of season brand new designer baby clothes including some very nice French organic brands
Bamboobino: is an adorable line of children's clothes and accessories made from soft, eco-friendly bamboo.
Bumblebee Toys: offers a unique collection of natural toys, crafts and playthings to inspire the imagination and nourish the senses.
dandelion KIDS: modern kids shop that stocks hip baby clothes, stylish duds for boys and girls plus cool, unique gifts for the next baby shower or kids birthday party.
Fill Your Own: offers an array of carbon-neutral, non-toxic and reusable products ideal for both kids and adults.
Giving Gifts: carries gifts that give - fair trade, eco friendly and fun gifts for babies, kids, adults and pets.
Green Planet Parties: where it’s possible to shop for eco-friendly party supplies in one place! Supporting locally manufactured decorations & goodies!
Kippo Kids: proud to offer you a quality mix of products that include a good selection of eco-friendly, handmade, organic, and Made in Canada items.
Maxwell Designs: leading Canadian designer of beautiful purses, the best diaper bags in Canada, and many accessories.
My Little Green Shop: is a hip e-boutique that provides a wide range of safe, non-toxic products for babies, children and mamas. We are careful that the products we carry meet our standards of what’s safe and eco-friendly.
Onyx Containers: food storage containers that are of the highest quality, manufactured in responsible conditions and available at affordable prices.
Puddlegear: toddler and baby raingear- children can play outside feeling warm, unrestricted and dry in their PVC and Phthalate free rainwear – certified by oko – tex.
Today I Ate A Rainbow: passionate about creating tools to help parents and caregivers raise healthy kids!