Unfortunately, our planet Earth and all that inhabit it are going through a lot right now. You can’t turn on the news without hearing of violence and disaster. Thinking about the big picture can get really difficult at times, but there are things that we as individuals can do to help. Even in the smallest way. I often get overwhelmed when I learn of the things that are occurring around Earth on the daily. It’s hard to know the best ways to contribute towards solutions. I personally have become almost fully vegetarian (I cheat sometimes, sushi is life/eggs are good) and try to minimize my waste as much as possible. These are decisions that I felt were fully in my control. I made these changes because they touched on issues that were important to me. Everyone has their very own perspective on life. Certain issues mean more to different people, and we are entitled to our own belief system. I always have wanted to find a way to help towards issues that were beyond my control.
Having a small business allows me the opportunity to have a voice. Being an artist allows me the opportunity to channel my creativity into something bigger than me. These are the first three items of my charity series. 50% of all proceeds made off of these necklaces will go to the charity they are representing. Every piece is handmade by me. You have a chance to give back, and make a difference. Each charity that I’ve chosen has been thoroughly researched and is 100% legit. I believe in these organizations and the good that they are trying to do. I will continue to add charities that touch my heart. I would also love to know which organizations touch your hearts. There are so many devastating things happening, and you deserve the chance to help towards issues that mean something to you. Im calling this “ethical shopping” cause what better way to give back? You get a cute necklace, and half the proceeds are donated towards the organization it represents. All three of these necklaces are now available in the 'Shop' section. I look forward to giving back with you.
The first charity I selected is Doctors Without Borders. This organization is best known for it’s work in active war regions and developing countries. Especially countries that are affected by epidemic diseases. Thousands of doctors, nurses and other medical professionals provide medical aid in over 70 countries, yearly. I couldn’t even begin to thank the people who have volunteered their lives to this. Helping people all over the world get the medical attention that is needed. Risking their lives to save others. It’s such a selfless act. I think this organization deserves all the help it can get, especially right now.
The second charity I selected is Drop 4 Drop. Did you know that 663 million people in the world don’t have access to safe water? When I learned of this it didn’t settle very nicely. I live in Oregon where water is literally everywhere. It practically rains all year round here - we have floods. I always knew people in certain parts of the world struggled in finding clean water, but I had no idea just how bad it was. This organization is simple. They provide clean drinking water to people who don’t have it. Just a $3 donation provides clean drinking water for a single person all month. If we can raise $3,000 dollars we can provide clean drinking water for an entire community in India or Africa indefinitely.
The third charity I selected is the National Forest Foundation. Deforestation is something that I care very much about. I grew up on a Douglas Fir tree farm where my father decided to keep the trees rather than cut them down. I spent a lot of my childhood roaming through these trees, and have grown a deep appreciation for all that they do. Without trees we would not be able to freely breathe the air outside. Trees provide us with shelter, and warmth. I love the NFF for doing their part in conserving our forests. I am always hiking, and I couldn’t imagine a life without them. True Oregonian right here. For just a $35 donation 10 trees are planted. How many trees do you think we can plant, together?