Gifts that give back

The Hamilton Spectator - - GREAT GIFTS -

Sup­port Socks A char­i­ta­ble take on Christ­mas stock­ings, SOCAN has in­tro­duces “Mu­sic Loves Every­body” knit socks. Priced at $17 all pro­ceeds from the sale of the socks go to the Uni­son Benev­o­lent Fund, a non-profit char­ity that pro­vides emer­gency re­lief ser­vices to the Cana­dian mu­sic com­mu­nity in times of per­sonal or pro­fes­sional cri­sis. Socks can be pur­chased at shop­k­t8merch. Ivy and Alex Dresses De­signed by an 11-year old Cana­dian for Cana­dian chil­dren in or­der to sup­port chil­dren from around the world, pro­ceeds from this dress go directly to World Vi­sion. Avail­able at world­vi­sion.ca/gifts. $55

Hos­pi­tal gift shops

Shop­ping at hos­pi­tal gift shops is one way to con­tribute to the fund­ing of lo­cal health care. Each of Hal­ton re­gion’s hos­pi­tals has a gift shop op­er­ated by the re­spec­tive aux­il­iaries. At Mil­ton Dis­trict, Oakville Trafal­gar Memo­rial and Joseph Brant hos­pi­tals, the vol­un­teer-op­er­ated gift shops have a long legacy of sup­port­ing pro­grams and equip­ment pur­chases. In ad­di­tion to day­time hours of op­er­a­tion, the shops are open lim­ited hours on week­ends and evenings Pet friendly Make an an­i­mal’s stay at Burling­ton Hu­mane a lit­tle more com­fort­able and fun with a $20 “cage en­rich­ment” do­na­tion.This di­rected do­na­tion will be used to pur­chase toys and bed­ding for an­i­mals housed at the lo­cal shel­ter. Go to www.burling­ton­hu­mane.ca and click on “do­nate” to make an on­line do­na­tion. Rover: Wag­more Edi­tion By An­drew Grant Fire­fly Books is pub­lish­ing a pop­u­larly-priced trade edi­tion of “Rover: Wag­more Edi­tion”. It con­tains 360 of An­drew Grant’s most ap­peal­ing pho­to­graphs of dogs. Some are the best friends of lucky own­ers, and some, sadly, are home­less. Fire­fly Books pledges a por­tion of the rev­enue from sales to dog res­cue. Avail­able wher­ever books are sold. $40 ROM Mem­ber­ship ROM mem­ber­ship pro­vides es­sen­tial fund­ing for ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams, re­search, col­lec­tions, com­mu­nity out­reach and op­er­a­tions and of­fers mem­bers such ben­e­fits as un­lim­ited free ad­mis­sion to tick­eted spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tions and per­ma­nent gal­leries all year long. Hol­i­day Slip­per Socks Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ters of Canada part­nered with Cana­dian re­tailer Boot­leg­ger to launch this lim­ited edi­tion col­lec­tion of socks. $1 of each pair sold directly ben­e­fits the char­ity. Avail­able at Boot­leg­ger. $10 (Alessi) Red Dressed Or­na­ment Show off your hol­i­day spirit while pro­vid­ing five days of life- sav­ing med­i­ca­tion for some­one with HIV as part of the (Red) cam­paign. Avail­able at alessi.com/red. $32 (S’Well) Red Lim­ited Edi­tion 17oz Bot­tle Crafted from S’Well’s premium stain­less steel in bril­liant red, the pur­chase of this bot­tle pro­vides 23 days of life-sav­ing med­i­ca­tion to some­one with AIDS. Avail­able at SwellBot­tle. com. $35 An­nie Sloan Lem Lem paint An­nie Sloan, the cre­ator of Chalk Paint dec­o­ra­tive paint has teamed up with the global char­ity, Ox­fam, for their 75th An­niver­sary. ‘Lem Lem’ is a soft green, in­spired by a visit she made to Ethiopia with Ox­fam. A por­tion of sales go to Ox­fam. Avail­able at Chalk Paint stock­ists’ shops. 1L $49.95; 100mL $15 Gift­gowns Re­defin­ing the hos­pi­tal gown with graph­ics and quotes to in­spire pa­tients, these gowns are avail­able in adult and chil­dren’s sizes. The kids’ col­lec­tion in­cludes a cus­tom gown to help pro­mote a new fundrais­ing cam­paign for The Hos­pi­tal for Sick Chil­dren (Sick­Kids), which is avail­able in the 5Fifty5 Shop at Sick­Kids. Run by the Women’s Aux­il­iary Vol­un­teers, a reg­is­tered char­ity that raises funds to help Sick­Kids. Avail­able at se­lect hos­pi­tals and gift­gowns.com. From $39.95 La Petite Écol­ière girl­swear This in­spi­ra­tional line of cloth­ing not only en­cour­ages girls to pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tion and be­come life­long learn­ers, it also sup­ports Plan In­ter­na­tional Canada as they ed­u­cate girls, give them nour­ish­ment, health­care and pro­tec­tion. Choose from an adorable col­lec­tion of cloth­ing that ben­e­fits girls in devel­op­ing coun­tries. Avail­able at lapeti­teecol­iere.com. Var­i­ous prices Starlight Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion Bear Sloan is the ninth lim­ited edi­tion col­lectible Starlight Chil­dren’s Foun­da­tion bear for 2017, de­signed by fiveyear-old Sloan, who lives with a life-threat­en­ing in­testi­nal dis­ease. In­spired by her love of pur­ple, the but­ter­fly on its foot rep­re­sents the magic she finds within her­self to spread her wings and soar above each ob­sta­cle she faces ev­ery day. Pro­ceeds from the sale helps Starlight con­tinue to brighten the lives of kids and fam­i­lies. Avail­able at Toys R Us. $19.99

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