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Where to Buy Gifts This Chirstmas that Make A Difference Locally & Abroad

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**Update- This post is from last year but, as I am starting to cross people off my Christmas list I am looking for more places to spend my Christmas budget that will make a difference in someone’s life. Look through the list below and add any updates!

A Coupon Katie Facebook fan left me this question:

Do you know of any charities that are selling items that can be used as Christmas gifts? I would like to buy some gifts that support a good cause at the same time! I did find some nice merchandise at 147millionorphans.com. Other than that one, I am drawing a blank! Thanks!!

What a great question! I love that in a season that can become overrun with commercialism Melissa stopped and asked this question.

I told her my Father-in-law worked for World Vision for years so we always bought them a gift from the World Vision gift catalog. Over the years we have purchased goats, chickens,vaccinations, soccer ball, clean water, lanterns-all sorts of things in my in-laws names. I also suggested Kris&Kate. They are a online woman’s fashion store that offers daily deals and they give 10% of every sale to World Vision’s Microenterprise Loans for Women or Compassion2one’s enterprise of freeing children from the sex-slave industry.

I then posted the question to all my  Facebook fans and asked for more suggestions. There was such a great response!  I feel like all the great ideas need to be shared. Here is the list I have received so far:

Feeding the Orphans- a local charity run by Sydney O’Leary, a 15 year-old-girl. Money goes to feed orphans, and to drill wells for towns that have no clean water in Ghana. Thanks, Ann

Krochet Kids-This is my idea, in honor my cousin Chloe who interned for them last year.

FashionAble-has beautiful scarves made by African women. It is a great charity and a great product!, Thanks Mindy

Hello Somebody exists to provide sustainable projects and restorative care to improve the lives of children in need. Thanks, Julie

KARM Thrift Stores-Thanks, Amber

Show Hope, Thanks Brandee

Sseko and Punjammies and Onecup.org is wonderful fro delicious coffee. Thanks, Rachel

Heifer International gift catalog. You can purchase all different kinds of animals for families in need in other countries as a gift for someone. An animal can literally change the life of a family in another country. Samaritan’s Purse- is the same idea. Thanks, Stacey

The Volunteer Ministry Center Angel ornament is once again available this holiday season. This small foil Angel is a lovely symbol which indicates that you have given a gift to VMC in honor of the recipient. The Angel is appropriate for use as an ornament or a gift enclosure and will provide a lasting remembrance of your thoughtfulness.Angels are available for any donation amount of $5.00 or more and can be ordered by calling Selena Brewster at 524-3926 or by stopping by the VMC building at 511 North Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. Thanks, Marie

This is by no means an exhaustive list but I hope it opens up a conversation and more of you share your ideas.  If you know of other worthy organizations or local events leave a comment below. Thanks, and Merry Christmas.

 

 

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Reminder: Knoxville Kroger Donation Duel Day March 31st 11-3pm

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The Kroger stores at Middlebrook and in Fountain City are dueling for your donations to benefit Goodwill Industries-Knoxville! On March 31st, from 11a.m. to 3p.m. you are encouraged to bring your gently-used items to one of the competing Kroger stores and help your favorite Kroger claim the victory!

Goodwill will have a truck for collections at both Kroger locations as they battle for donations. The proceeds from the sale of these donations will go to provide job training services in your community!

To add to the fun the first 50 people who make a good sized donation (2 trash bags of clothes, box, container of goods etc) will get to draw for a prize! Prizes are coupons for free Kroger brand items or Kroger Gift Cards! 

  This is a great time to go through your house and collect clothes and goods your family no longer needs and serve our community at the same time! You have a whole week to get ready.

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Knoxville Kroger Donation Duel Day March 31st 11-3pm

kroger_donations

The Kroger stores at Middlebrook and in Fountain City are dueling for your donations to benefit Goodwill Industries-Knoxville! On March 31st, from 11a.m. to 3p.m. you are encouraged to bring your gently-used items to one of the competing Kroger stores and help your favorite Kroger claim the victory!

Goodwill will have a truck for collections at both Kroger locations as they battle for donations. The proceeds from the sale of these donations will go to provide job training services in your community!

To add to the fun the first 50 people who make a good sized donation (2 trash bags of clothes, box, container of goods etc) will get to draw for a prize! Prizes are coupons for free Kroger brand items or Kroger Gift Cards! 

  This is a great time to go through your house and collect clothes and goods your family no longer needs and serve our community at the same time! You have a whole week to get ready.

 

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