Gifts That Give Back
1. MaxLove Brand gives 100 percent of the proceeds from its hats to help children with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses gain access to “every cancer-fighting tool available”—alternative treatments, nutrition advice, physical activity, and more. $26–$28 each at Hope Tank, 64 Broadway, 720-837-1565, hopetank.org
2. Designer (and wife of a firefighter) Lori Holliday transforms retired fire hoses into Gallo en Fuego dog collars and leashes (and belts and wallets and more), then donates a portion of the proceeds from every sale to help the families of fallen firefighters. $28–$38 each at galloenfuego.com
3. For more than 25 years, Denver’s Women’s Bean Project has employed chronically impoverished and out-of-work women as gourmet food- and jewelry-makers. Buying this selection of dip mixes not only improves your dinner table, it also improves the lives of Denver women in need. $3.75 each at womensbeanproject.com
4. Twelve-year-old twins Sam and Ben Tollison started A Monster to Love—which donates one huggable monster to a child in need with every monster purchased—with their dad, Ray, two years ago. They’ve been a hit ever since. $18–$30 at ModesTEA, 4415 W. 43rd St., 720-883-6276, modesteaco.com
5. Through a collaboration with plantabillion.org, every purchased OG Sack (a convertible bag that works as a backpack, messenger bag, or tote and comes with a removable washable liner) ensures another tree is planted in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. $75 at ogsack.com
Best Gift Ever
from Erika E. Righter, Owner of Hope Tank*
"In September 2013, my best friend got married and gave me a handkerchief for my one-year-old daughter (the flower girl). It was embroidered with a lovely sentiment, dated, and intended for her to have at her own wedding when she is all grown up. It brought on the waterworks with every person who saw it. It was thoughtful, unique, and something that we will keep forever."
*A portion of proceeds from every item sold at this store goes to a charitable organization.
Flooded With Love
The Front Range flooding that destroyed thousands of homes and businesses this fall might have disappeared from the nightly news cycle, but there’s still plenty of cleanup work to do. Here are three ways you can give back.
If you want to be sure your money goes to good use, donate to one of these organizations, approved by Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (covoad.communityos.org):
Community Foundation Serving Greeley and Weld County
Community Foundation of Northern Colorado
CU-Boulder Disaster Recovery Fund
Foothills Flood Relief Fund (for relief in Boulder and Broomfield counties)
Larimer County Long-Term Recovery Fund
Lyons Community Foundation
St. Vrain Flooding Relief Fund
Weld County Flood Relief Fund
While the impulse to lend a hand is a good one, just showing up somewhere with a shovel isn’t. Helpcoloradonow.org lets you harness your goodwill by matching your skills to where they’re most needed. Simply register online and wait to hear where you can deliver your kindness.
Needs change weekly, but you can get a list of the most in-demand items at aidmatrixnetwork.org.