Tony Moly Eye Brightener
Not only does Tony Moly Eye Brightener come in a super cute panda shaped stick, but it’s ultra-nourishing for your eyes! Just smudge a bit of the product underneath your eyes and blend. It hides any signs of sleepless nights while moisturizing under your eyes.
Blue J Bead
Blue J Beads is a jewelry company founded by Jessica Sokal Ransom of Charlotte, North Carolina. Jessica started Blue J Beads to help raise awareness for autism in honor of her brother. A portion of the proceeds goes towards helping people with autism. Each item she crafts includes a puzzle piece charm, the symbol for autism. The bangles are all unique and made by hand.
Pura Vida Bracelets
Handmade bracelets that are a lifetime guarantee and are used to raise awareness for a special selection for charities. There are specific colors designated for particular causes or diseases such as Anxiety, Breast Cancer and Autism. The charities that they support include causes that work to save animals like Dolphins, Sea Turtles and Orcas too.
GIRLS WRITE NOW
Girls Write Now is a non-profit organization based in New York City that’s dedicated to providing mentorship opportunities to high-school girls interested in writing. Their goal is to expand the creativity and skill of each girl in the program and give them a solid foundation to excel in their professional lives. Whether your interest is in poetry, fiction writing, writing for news media or journalism, Girls Write Now is dedicated to developing your “independent voice” so that you can tell your story. They also attempt to provide you with the best platform to tell your story, as some of their girls have had pieces published in Newsweek and Elle India. If you’d like to know more information about this organization, visit Girls Write Now .
HEADBANDS OF HOPE
Headbands of Hope is an organization that donates one headband or hair accessory to a cancer patient for each headband/hair accessory bought. Since 2012, they have donated the headbands in bulk to hospitals where boys and girls sport their new look! Headbands of Hope believes that “fashion can be the greatest vehicle to a positive self-identity” which the fashion section of niNe can get behind!
Fashion & Compassion
Fashion & Compassion (F&C) connects with ministries around the world to help women and families in vulnerable situations through teaching them a skill to make jewelry and other fashionable accessories. Unlike many other organizations, F&C pays their artisan up-front for making the jewelry, then the proceeds made from the purchase of the item is given back to the ministry partner that supports the artisan! It’s like providing support twice! Fashion & Compassion has a series of collections, all of which bring healing for a particular struggle that the artisan face.
- The Bullets to Blessings Collection supports families in Ethiopia by turning violence and terrible things into some beautiful.
- The Community Collection helps families in Mexico & Honduras stay together.
- The Dignity Collection helps support woman in Uganda develop leadership skills and rebuild relationships.
- The Freedom Collection provides freedom from sex trafficking, domestic abuse, homelessness and immigration for women in the USA.
- The Hope Collection supports young woman who have been rescued from brothels in Ecuador.
- The Peace Collection helps create peace between Rwandan tribes after the genocide.
Advocate the ministry by following them on social media, having a party where friends and family can come and purchase jewelry while learning about this incredible ministry, volunteer for them or promote them by becoming a “Compassionista.”
HOLD ON CD
There are many unique ways you can raise awareness and fight against sex trafficking. One way that Exodus Cry has raised awareness and funds, is the Hold On CD which features 11 songs that either speak directly about the reality of sex trafficking, or relate to themes of justice and provide insight on the all-powerful love of God. All proceeds go toward Exodus Cry and their work against sex trafficking and assisting in the recovery of victims.
Project AK-47 is an organization that negotiates the freedom of and raises awareness for child soldiers in Burma, Mexico, Philippines and Sri Lanka. Purchase one of their dog tags with the name, age, location and army status of a child in one of these countries to support Project AK-47’s efforts. These dog tags help raise awareness as well as reminds you to pray for that specific child.
30 HOUR FAMINE
Every year, World Vision hosts the 30 Hour Famine, a unique way to raise money and awareness for poverty around the world. One dollar will feed one child for one day. So, thirty dollars feeds one child for a month! Raising money is only part of the event! You and your youth group refrain from eating for 30 hours. Abstaining from food increases your own awareness of hunger as well as teaches you how to fast and pray. The event helps establish a personal understanding of the pains and struggles of hunger as a repercussion of poverty. While it gives you a personal experience of hunger, the event also raises awareness of hunger to the people in your community who support you in this endeavor!
Sweet Dreams With a Bed from Sweet Sleep
Our Favorite Find this Summer is a good night’s sleep. Sweet Sleep is determined to bring a night full of sweet dreams to children across the world by providing a new bed for orphans and abandoned children. Many children throughout the world sleep on old, broken and soiled beds or don’t have a bed at all. When children have no bed to lay their heads, they sleep on hard floors, making them susceptible to biting insects and disease.
Give a child happy and healthy rest by providing support to Sweet Sleep.
For a donation of only $8, Sweet Sleep provides a mosquito net to an orphanage. One in five childhood deaths is caused by malaria.
For only $30 a month, your donation will help provide a bed for an orphaned or abandoned child, giving comfortable, protective and healthy sleep – a luxury many of us take for granted.
Rescued by Rahab’s Rope
Our Favorite Find this Spring is an outstanding organization that rescues women in India from sex trafficking. Approximately 200 Indian girls and women are forced into prostitution every day. Girls typically begin this horrifying lifestyle at the age of 11 years old. Once they reach their late teens, these girls are commonly no longer useful as prostitutes and are thrown on the streets with nowhere to go. Rahab’s Rope saves women currently held captive by the sex trade, works with women living on the street after living a life as a prostitute and helps young girls who are at risk for becoming a victim of a life in forced prostitution. By providing basic education and vocational training (as well as food, shelter and protection), Rahab’s Rope brings hope back into the lives of hurting woman.
Bring redemption to the life of a woman in need of healing by learning more about Rahab’s Rope and their program toward recovery and prevention.
The Greatest Gift
Our Favorite Find for the Holiday season is World Vision’s Christmas Gift Catalog. Purchase gifts in honor of a loved one from their catalog and the gift will be sent to families and individuals in need all across the world. Gifts start at just $10 and range from animals that provide nutrients to families, education for children and medical care. We are excited to provide education for a little girl for only $25! Check out the catalog to see the gift opportunities that are available. Not only with your gift bring a smile to the friend or family member that you are giving it to, but it will bring a smile to the family or individual in need and will most likely change their life in an amazing way!
One Girl’s Trash is Another Girl’s Bag
Our Favorite Fall Find is a fun, colorful and environmentally friendly fashion from Buzura Bags. This company makes accessories from used juice containers, recycled rice bags and discarded advertising banners. Our favorite is the extremely useful Rice Messenger Bag, which comes in various sizes and colors. It’s perfect for a computer and a pile of school supplies. We love the cherry red color and feel fantastic knowing that we’re making the world a better place by sporting this savvy accessory. (For those who’ve studied a foreign language, here’s a bit of trivia: the word basura means “garbage” in Filipino.) Buzura cleans the environment and eliminates what would be trash from the local land fills, plus they conserve resources that would be used to make other bags and accessories by recycling materials that have already been produced.