Play with a Purpose
HIA stands for History in Action. This DC-based company features action figures based on real people, such as aviatrix Bessie Coleman. Combining fun and education, HIA Toys offers teaching guides along with each figure. Call it “play with a purpose.” Get 25 percent off Dec. 17 and 18.
Eat (and Learn!) Your Veggies
DC Greens “connects communities to healthy foods in the nation’s capital.” Through programs like Fruit and Vegetable Prescription and Cooking With Kids, DC Greens works to increase access to, and education about, healthy foods. We love their colorful, seasonal recipe cards.
Coffee lovers, rejoice! Get delicious, locally roasted coffee from Café Los Sueños (translation: Coffee Dreams). Dedicated to supporting education and to improving the lives of coffee farmers. Café Los Sueños has partnered with Cup for Education to support schools in the coffee communities of Central and Latin America.
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Cheers to Hope
hat could be better than a cold winter night and a delicious glass of wine? How about knowing that proceeds from wine you’re drinking are helping to support the troops, end childhood hunger, fight Alzheimer’s, or so much more? Check out One Hope Wine. Fifty percent of profits and 100 percent of donations to OneHope Foundation go to partner charities.
Windows in need of some good treatment? Budget Blinds of Silver Spring is offering a 15 percent discount to DDG readers (that’s you!), as well as to non-profit organizations and associations, through March 15, 2015.
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For Little Global Citizens
Alexandria-based Aloetree strives to fight child trafficking and encourage children to give of themselves. The adorable Square characters that appear on bright t-shirts and onesies share stories of doing good. Founder Anbinh Phan has partnered with Chab Dai, a Cambodian-founded nonprofit addressing human trafficking and exploitation.
A Joyful Lifestyle
TransElated is “a socially conscious fashion and lifestyle brand created to unite people.” The DC-based company uses recycled and organic products to design positive attire. TransElated has partnered with Kollegebound Learning to provide mentorship to children living in homeless shelters in the U.S. and abroad. TransElated also donates a portion of proceeds to charities including Water.org, Scholarship America and Keep A Child Alive. Find TransElated products at the Fenton Street Market Holidaze through Dec. 23.
You’ve seen the bumper stickers. Yes, those ones, with multiple religious symbols. But do you know what they’re about? Coexist goes beyond the bumper sticker to raise funds for communities with a history of conflict. Coexist creates working environments where those who have been at opposition work together. Profits from Fair Trade coffee grown in Uganda go to local schools. Profits from clothing go toward Indian community schools.
Give the Gift of Laughter
It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but the holiday season can also be stressful or lonely for a lot of people. We agree with the adage that laughter is the best medicine, which is why we were thrilled to find Jason Weems. A kindergarten teacher by day, comedian by night, Jason is guaranteed to give you belly laughs, even if you're in way better shape than Santa. Check out his store now for discounted apparel and DVD's.