Giving and Giving Again: One for One Shopping

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I’m hoping to keep the spirit of giving thanks alive as we enter the true giving season.  I was grateful for the opportunity to share this giving opportunity on NBC Connecticut on Sunday.  I will share the TV clip as soon as I get it!  Until then, please enter the giveaway below for a few extra gifts this season.

“Buy One, Give One”  or “One for One” shopping is making a major impact this holiday season.  For every item purchased by a consumer, participating companies are committed to making a donation of a similar item or the cash equivalent to those in need.   Far beyond TOM’s Shoes and FEED bags are a myriad of carefully designed products, inspired by their creator’s desire to better the world.  It may seem like a corporate gimmick, but when you read the companies’ mission statements and their founders’ bios, choosing to make these purchases is a simple, easy way to give during the holiday season and all year round.

“Buy once, give twice.”  Baby Teresa Clothing

“Show the World You Give A Shirt.” You and Who

“We are a part of a movement to help consumers turn their everyday purchases into acts of generosity towards people around the world.” Smile for the People

“When you make a (one to one) purchase, you give some kindness to someone you know, and someone you’ll never meet.” WINK Bags

“Our mission is to empower change by spreading the most fundamental need for happiness and prosperity — health.” Kutoa Bars


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Inspired by one mother’s stay at the Ronald McDonald House, WINK (When In Need of Kindness) sells stylish toiletry bags with luxury products from Soap & Paper Company inside. When you buy a WINK bag, one bag (filled with important travel-size basic toiletries) is donated to Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms across the U.S. so family members staying with their critically ill children don’t have to worry about these necessities.  Each adorable chevron-printed WINK bag contains a custom all natural WINK lip balm, a 4 oz. shea butter soap and corresponding solid perfume. $36 each.


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In Swahili the word ku-toa means “to give.”  For every KUTOA health bar purchased, KUTOA donates, through a partnernship with the World Food Program, a nutrition pack to a child suffering from malnutrition, providing them with the vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.  The KUTOA bars are made with all natural ingredients including organic oats, fresh fruit and nuts.  My husband snacks on bars daily and he gave these two thumbs up.  The bars come in four flavors: cherry cashew, peanut butter and jelly, chocolate banana and blueberry almond.  $25.99 per dozen

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