Gifts that give back to our soldiers, women, and children throughout the year

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Realty West CalBRE #01458572
I'm watching The View while working on a purchase offer and today's episode includes a section called Gifts That Give Back. Basically, if you go to these web sites and buy something, the seller either donates to a charity of your choice, donates an item identical to the one you purchased, donates to a child in need, or you're helping someone who has handcrafted the goods to make a living. -- Choose your charity. Shop online. Goodshop donates. -- This is awesome. -- You might know Mary Fisher as an author, artist, and speaker advocating for AIDS victims, specifically women and children. Here you can buy her books and handmade crafts by women and children in AIDS-devasted Africa. -- Donate unused frequent flyer miles to the Fisher House Foundation. Your donation helps our service personnel stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan to fly home on leave for free. -- Cell Phones For Soliders collects old cell phones and recycles them, turning them into prepaid minutes for U.S. troops stationed overseas. -- "One laptop per child." I don't know what to say about this site other than it brought tears to my eyes. You buy a laptop and they donate a laptop to children throughout the world. These are special green laptops specifically designed for children. You have to see this to believe it. -- For every pair of shoes purchased, Toms Shoes donates a pair to a child in need.

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Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Thanks for the information Jim, haven't heard of these before.  I'll check them out.

Dec 19, 2008 05:40 AM #1
Shane OnullGorman
Eau Claire Realty, Inc. - Eau Claire, WI
Eau Claire Wisconsin, Real Estate Agent & Realtor- Buy or Sell

I really like Heifer International. Its all about sustainable agriculture and they have a really neat holiday catalog. I really think its good to give. People need help and you listed some great ways you can.

Dec 19, 2008 05:41 AM #2
Michael A. Caruso
Surterre Properties - Laguna Niguel, CA

Hi Jim,

This is great information. Thank you for the tips.


Dec 19, 2008 05:41 AM #3
Fran and Rowena, La Canada Realtors - (818) 952-0077
Dilbeck Real Estate - La Canada, CA

Thank you for bringing the information to us.  We also watch the program, but missed it today.  The holidays are the time of year to be thankful, and to share with others. 

Dec 19, 2008 07:56 AM #4
Konnie Mac McCarthy
McLean, VA
Associate Broker - VA & MD

I love all these sites that give to the troops, there is also "treats for troops" is a good one too...

Dec 19, 2008 08:09 AM #5
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Thanks Jim, I didn't realize there was so many great websites on line for this. You never hear about the good thinks on the nightly news...

Dec 19, 2008 10:25 AM #6
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