Giving Back During the Holiday Season

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Give2Get employees who work with nonprofits daily are acutely aware of these organizations' constantly changing needs. We're also aware of how each organization responds to crisis situations. 

Earlier this year, we worked with corporations that partnered with organizations like the American Red Cross, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, and Military Missions in Action, which assisted those who were displaced by Hurricane Florence. 

In December, we will execute projects to support Northern California nonprofits that have seen a dramatic increase in requests for assistance because of fires that destroyed large areas, including the Camp Fire, which was the deadliest fire in the state's history. 

If you'd like to assist nonprofits this year, there are still ways to get involved. 

First, you'll need to find an appropriate organization to assist like a shelter, food bank, or senior center.

Consider hosting toy drives for children. Many organizations ask that individuals who donate items provide unwrapped gifts so that parents can choose the items that fit their children's age and interests.

Other items that are needed include personal hygiene items from toothpaste to soap and winter items like hats, gloves, and socks. 

Nonprofits will often list needed items on their websites. When in doubt, however, you can donated gift cards to grocery or big-box stores.

You can also work with seniors. The holidays can be lonely times for those who live alone. Consider spending time at your local senior center in the weeks leading up to the holiday.

You don't need special skills to be of assistance — just having someone to talk to, play cards with, or complete a puzzle alongside can be a joy for seniors. 

Other options include volunteering at an animal shelter. Consider signing up to become a foster parent. Usually, there's training involved, but by registering now, you will be contacted when future classes start.

It's also possible to walk dogs, which helps them maintain their health, but can be difficult if the organization's regular volunteers do not feel comfortable walking outside in snow or ice. 

Socially Conscious Father's Day Gifts: 2018 Edition

Shopping for Father's Day gifts can be notoriously tricky. That's why we've put together a list of the top socially conscious gifts for Father's Day — perfect for any dad (or, really, any guy)! 

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Harry's Skincare Products: A clean shave that also helps men break stereotypes — what could be better? Harry's partners believe that there is more than one way to be a man. Society encourages men to act a certain way, which can be harmful to both them and their communities. As part of Harry's charitable efforts, the brand sets aside a percentage of its sales for charitable organizations including The Representation Project, A Call to Men, CALM, and The Bronx Freedom Fund. Visit Harrys.com.

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LSTN Headphones: LSTN was founded with a singular purpose: to change lives through the power of music. Proceeds from sales of all LSTN products go towards giving hearing aids to people in need worldwide through Starkey Hearing Foundation. The Starkey Hearing Foundation has been in operation for more than 30 years and served 1.1 million people. Visit LSTNSounds.co for more information.

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Magic Room Brand Music Accessories: After being a drummer for 30 years, Vijoy Rao realized that the chemically treated wood and plastic that were used for sticks and picks had a major environmental impact. He decided to do something about it, creating eco-friendly, 100% biodegradable drumsticks and guitar picks. Made from bamboo, the products are incredibly lightweight and strong. Bamboo doesn't require a lot of resources to grow, matures in 1/10th the time as many commonly used trees, and is a grass (not wood) so there are no issues with deforestation. Visit MagicRoomBrand.com

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WeatherHYDE Tents: The weatherHYDE family tent is among the best. It has an innovative, reversible skin and waterproof triple-wall construction. It's designed to keep you warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and dry in the rainy season. All profits go to providing housing for the homeless. You can also purchase a tent for a homeless family. Visit WeatherHYDE.com to choose the option that fits your father!