making a difference…it’s not so hard to do

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Today’s the day!! I’ve now seen it called Giving Tuesday, Generous Tuesday, and Fair Tuesday, but there is one unifying message: let’s make a difference! Either by charitable donations, like tying Pure Charity into your online shopping. (Imagine the difference that could have/should have been made yesterday with all of that online shopping!!) Or the message of Fair Tuesday which is to just buy one fair trade item. Did you know that if we, as consumers here in America, made just one fair trade purchase, it would lift ONE MILLION (let me write that out this way because it looks more impressive: 1,000,000) families out of poverty for one whole year. Does that boggle your mind? It does mine! There is power in that! And it helps to take away some of the overwhelming-ness of big issues like poverty, modern day slavery, and people living with HIV/AIDS or those who are abused, since fair trade typically protects those very people.

So to me, the message of THIS day, this trail-blazing-take-back-the-holidays-and-make-them-holy-again day, this Giving/Generous/Fair Tuesday is this: “YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF. There is no other commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:31, and this does come second to “Love the Lord, your God.” as referenced in Mark 12:30) Every person living on this great planet Earth should be regarded as your neighbor. Imagine what the world would be like if we all heeded this advice? I know what my heart says it would be like, but what does your heart say?

Think on that today as you go about your day. Maybe buy the person behind you a coffee while you’re waiting in line (preferably it’s fair trade coffee you’re buying and you win TWO awards for hitting the “Giving” AND “Fair” Tuesday message). Open the door for someone else. Help the lady with screaming-snotty-nosed-overstimulated-kids load her groceries. Bonus points if it’s done in the rain. There are so many practical ways and there’s no time like the present! Let’s do this and follow through over the next 365 days!

Here are some other places you can make a difference (hyperlinks included):

American Red Cross: Tweet, shop the Holiday Catalog http://rdcrss.org/YfdZz , or text REDCROSS to 90999

Donate to an adoption. I personally know this family and they are so very amazing. And they don’t have too far to go to bring home their 15 year old boy from Uganda to join his brother and sisters.

Zimbags: “Women empowering women to bag poverty.” Bags, clothing, home goods. 20% off your entire cart. Coupon Code: SHOPFAIR

Roozt.com: All featured brands are fashion-forward companies that are making a positive impact in their community, environment, with their employees, or with humanity as a whole. Discounts range from 20-60% off. No coupon needed

Come Together Trading: Just about any and everything fair trade: coffee, gifts, clothing, etc. 10% off your entire cart with code FairTuesday

HopeMob: chip in NOW @http://hopemob.org/featured  to reopen a home for trafficked families in Bolivia.

Keep.com: check out their pinterest board of T-shirts of which sales help fund clean up efforts from damage done by Hurricane Sandy.

CareUSA: Check out their #GivingTuesday @Pinterest board to see how you can participate in the day to give as good as you get: http://bit.ly/YcZlfd

Trade As One: Shop Fair Trade Gifts and Products Food & DrinkApparelGift IdeasJewelryHouse & Home…And Much More

Also? You can go to www.givingtuesday.org or www.fairtuesday.org or discover #GivingTuesday or #FairTuesday on twitter to see other places to involve yourself or make fair trade purchases.

But I don’t know of a better info graphic that this to show you how easy it is to do this (courtesy of armchair advocates.

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