Gifts That Give Back


Working from home, I receive a lot of calls during the day from telemarketers asking for donations for various causes. There are causes that are near and dear to my heart, but I'm particularly fond of organizations that are creative in their fundraising, and manage to give a little something back personally to you.

Recently we got a message from one of our Piedmont Parent Facebook friends asking about this. So I did a little research and wanted to pass along some ideas:

Brenner Children's Hospital Holiday Card Fundraiser: Send holiday greetings to friends and family while supporting Brenner Children's Hospital. You can choose two different prints, the first features a snowy day landscape painted by local artist John Furches, the second --- adorable snowmen made out of footprints from twin babies who lived in the Brenner NICU this summer. Gift tags are also available for purchase.

Kybele: I mentioned those organizations that are near and dear to my own heart and this is one that's at the top of the list. Kybele is a non-profit humanitarian organization that was founded by Medge Owen, a physician at Wake Forest Baptist. Kybele sends professional medical teams from all over the U.S. and Europe into host countries like Ghana, Vietnam, Armenia and Turkey, to work alongside doctors and nurses in those countries, to improve childbirth safety for mothers and their newborns. It's exciting to see what a difference this organization makes!

And while these physicians are in those host countries, they will often bring back items that are available for your purchase here in the States. These items include, jewelry, artwork, clothing and more, and are typically hand-made. The only other way to get these items is to travel to these countries yourself! The Kybele store is located on the Wake Forest Baptist Health campus. You can email Kybele at to arrange your personal shopping time.

World Wildlife Fund: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has a gift center where you can buy apparel, adopt species and receive gifts, put together themed gift buckets and more. Kids, in particular, love these gifts, and in addition to giving a gift while giving back, you can also give the gift of knowledge to your kids about animal conservation.

Any other gift ideas that give back? If so, comment on this blog!

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