Shop with your Heart Holiday Gift Guide: Nonprofit Edition (Gifts for strangers!)

As you buy gifts for friends and family, often gifts they may not need, considering shopping for a real gift that will greatly impact the life of a stranger.

The gifts below range from $4-$180. You can impact a life with just $4! You would pay more for a coffee at Starbucks. For example, the gift of a pig is a “living savings account” to a struggling family, giving them income, protein and soil nourishment. Such a better gift than a holiday sweater!

Click on the images below to learn more about each gift, and better just, to donate to and impact the life of a someone in need.

Shop with your Heart Holiday Gift Guide Nonprofits

Heifer International: Gift of a Pig, $120 World Vision: Gift of Year of School for Orphan, $70 Compassion: Care for a Child Waiting for Sponsorship, $40 Feeding America: Gift of Peanut Butter, $40 World Vision: A Sheep and A Goat, $180 Compassion: Parasite Prevention for Children, $4 World Vision: Survive to Five Care, $57 World Vision: Clean Water Fund Share, $25 Image Map

There are so many more gifts, in all price ranges! Take a look…

Compassion Gift Catalog

Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog

World Vision Gift Catalog

Heifer International Gift Catalog

Feeding America Gift Catalog

One Member, One Meal. Join Roozt and feed someone!

Roozt. You had me at your new tagline: Bringin’ Sexy Back to Giving Back!

Seriously. That’s awesome.

Roozt is an online marketplace that pulls together socially responsible brands in one place. Every brand has a story. And you can even shop by region to ensure where your purchasing power is making a difference.

Launched today, every member that joins Roozt will provide a meal to one American in need. One Member, One Meal.

Roozt’s One Member, One Meal program is in partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief charity. Their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. To learn more, check out

Their goal is to provide one million meals over the next 12 months. All you need to do is sign up as a member (totally free) and one meal will be distributed through Feeding America. Quite simple!

Though, I have to say, this is one of my least favorite ways to give because you are so detached from the solution. But anything is better than nothing!

Go to Roozt to sign up today – and feed someone! (And once you sign up, go check out Indosole…)

6 ways kids can give & serve {fall edition}

I love my kids, I really do. But I love September because it means preschool starts up again. Back to school! I’m a sucker for routine (and being able to grocery shop by myself).

But as I look at our (quickly filling) calendar, I want to be proactive and schedule in time to give and serve with the boys. Which led to brainstorming what I can do with them…

Apparently my boys enjoy picking weeds, so why not find an elderly neighbor or widow to offer our services? We can rake leaves and pull weeds. God-willing, there won’t be any snow to shovel for awhile. Can’t find anyone to help out? We can always pickup trash around the neighborhood. My friend Ellie had a great idea for encouraging her kids help out. They use their fishing nets to pick up trash on the beach as they walked back to the car. The same could be done for the trash on the side of the road. (And best of all, it’s sanitary!)

We may not be thinking about Thanksgiving yet, but it is never too early to help food pantries stock their shelves so there is plenty of holiday food for all. Kids can help with the shopping and can help deliver the goods to your local church or food bank. Or search for a local food bank via Feeding America.

I want to kick myself in the shins every time I complain about clutter. That we have too much. I’m complaining about abundance when some have nothing. Not only do I need to go through my clothes to donate, kids can help by going through their toys to pick out the ones they want to give to other kids. And they can help play dress-up and try on clothes to see what they’ve outgrown. We can make a game out of it: See who can come up with the craziest outfit!

What are kids great at? PLAYING! Any new kids at the school? Encourage your kids to introduce themselves and ask the new kids to play with them. Are they wearing the same color shirt? That is apparently all it takes to make them new bffs.

Thanks to my friend Cara’s experience volunteering with her son, I am definitely planning a Cradles to Crayons afternoon for myself and the boys. And now I know to bring new underwear and socks. Perhaps we can even bring our clothes and toys to donate. Win-win.

I’ve mentioned the wonderfulness of Sole Hope before. They are always in need of donated medical supplies for their Foot Washing and Jigger Removal. Imagine the selflessness of washing someone’s jigger infested feet. Reminds me of Jesus!

Kids can help pick out the first aid items (listed below), help package them and bring them to the post office (field trip!).

  • Bar Soap
  • Sharpies
  • Large Safety Pins
  • Surgical Gloves
  • Cotton Balls
  • Medical Razor Blades
  • Medical Tape
  • Antibiotic Cream
  • Gauze
  • Band Aids

Mail them to: Sole Hope, PO Box, 1492, Asheville, NC 28802

What else are you doing with your kids this fall? I’m always looking for more ideas!