One of the easiest ways to give to charity is to visit TheHungerSite.com and click on the bright yellow button on the home page button. Every time someone clicks, it helps bring cups of food to families in need in the U.S. and abroad. How do they do it? It’s pretty simple: after you click the button you get brought to a page full of ads of the companies sponsoring the button. More than 779 million cups of food have been donated through TheHungerSite.com since its inception in 1999.
One relatively new feature of The Hunger site is the inclusion of eco-friendly apparel and gifts from local producers around the world, from the Philippines to India to Nepal. These are items you won’t find at your local department store–they’re truly unique items from around the globe which are not only fashionable, they also help sustain the local areas where they’re being produced, plus a potion of each purchase will go to charity.
Here are some hot items for the fall:
- One-of-a-kind document pouches, $9.95. Made from recycled juice boxes by the Filipino artisans of Preda, as part of an ongoing effort to reduce rural poverty. This back-to-school purchase helps keep Filipino students in school and off the streets, by providing an income for women and children.
- 100% organic cotton long-sleeve tee shirts, $20. The popular scoop necked tee, in a range of colors, is crafted at a non-profit employment center in the Tamil Nadu region of India. Tee-shirt production also supports 300 small organic farmers in the Maharashtar area.
- Linen wrap sweater, $34.95. Made in India out of 100% bamboo fiber. An easy-to-use versatile garment, available in multiple colors, the linen wrap is an example of sustainable apparel production. Bamboo grass can grow a yard or more in a day, can be harvested without re-planting, and its shoots absorb greenhouse gases and clean the environment.
- Organic Cotton Tee, with Earth Heart design, $24.95: From Peru, made with 100% organic cotton and low-impact dies.
- Rainbow Tunic, $24.95: 100% cotton, hand-embroidered with a rainbow of colors. Made in India.
The Hunger Site helps a number of charities, including Mercy Corps, Millennium Promise, Ozarks Food Harvest, The Mississippi Food Network, Tennessee’s Mid-South Food Bank, and Alabama’s Bay Area Food Bank (AL), Feeding America, and Millennium Promise.