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Buying These Gifts Gives Back To The Latino Community While Making You Look Like A Rock Star

Consumerism is always in full swing during the holiday season, but you don’t have to feel discouraged by your dwindling bank account. If you don’t have time to thrift your gifts this year, turn to these products that promise to give back to organizations like TransLatina, the Trevor Project, and disaster relief efforts.

Grab the bull by the horns and gift gifts that give back to the Latino community one way or another.

California Brut Sparkling Wine Rainbow Glitter Edition | $59

CREDIT: “California Brut Sparkling Wine Rainbow Glitter Edition” Digital Image. One Hope. 4 December 2018.

You already know the occasion to bring this full-bodied green apple, pear and peach noted bubbly wine. Proceeds go to the Trevor Project, a crisis helpline for LGBTQ Youth. Half of the homeless youth in Los Angeles are LGBTQ, many of whom are Latino. Give back and drink up.

Basic Witch Bracelet | $17

CREDIT: SoRahJewelry / Etsy

Proceeds from this Etsy store all go to organizations that resist the Trump organization. This bracelet helps kids at the Mexico border, trans people, all while validating the bruja in su prima.

Juniper IPA Beer Soap | $14

CREDIT: “Juniper IPA Beer Soap”. Digital Image. Society B. 4 December 2018.

At Society B, you can shop their collection and select from a variety of charities to give 10% of your purchase back to. That means this bear soup can give back to organizations like water.org, which helps bring water to people all over the world, including Central and South America.

Quiejel Vintage Embroidered Strap | $98

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Hiptipico. 4 December 2018.

This camera strap is not only beautiful but it is hand embroidered by female artisans in the villages around Chichicastenango, Guatemala.

The founder emphasizes on her website that she works for the artisans, not the other way around.

“I started Hiptipico to help create dignified job opportunities for Maya artisans. They want to sell their goods and my job is to help find them clients.”

Embroidered iPad Case | $98

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Hiptipico. 4 December 2018.

Don’t have a camera enthusiast in your life? Support these artisans with this one of a kind iPad case.

Atticus Beanie | $38

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Krochet Kids. 4 December 2018.

Why support a fast fashion brand that won’t even keep your boo’s head warm. This beanie was hand crocheted by a Peruvian woman using Peruvian wool and organic cotton, and she was paid fairly for her work.

Queer Latino Pride Camiseta | $25

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mitú stands with Queer Latino/Latina/Latinx Pride! 100% of earnings will be donated to TransLatina in Los Angeles & FIERCE in New York.

Not Today Satan Bracelet | $18

CREDIT: “Not Today Satan Bracelet”. Digital Image. One Token. 4 December 2018.

Life Token allows you to customize bracelets in any language, and you can specify at checkout which charity you want to donate to. We recommend TransLatina, which strives to get legislation and mobilization of the Trans Latina community all over the country.

Hand Woven All Cotton Tablecloth and Napkin Set, ‘Sunny Rooster’ | $70

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. UNICEF. 4 December 2018.

Gift your mom an all-new, hand embroidered table linen set and prepare to be immediately splashed with holy water. Support Central American artisan Eladio Chiroy and help UNICEF give 54 doses of measles vaccines to kiddos. Tu eres Santo.

Hand Blown Beer Glasses with Amber Handle and Rim | $73

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. UNICEF. 4 December 2018.

Tell your uncle to throw away his grimy old mugs and give him these hand-blown glass beer glasses. On top of supporting artisans Javier Gutiérrez and Efrén Canteras, your purchase can help UNICEF vaccinate 89 children against polio. Drink for a cause.

2019 Corgis for a Cause Calendar | $20

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Corgis For a Cause. 4 December 2018.

These corgis that stare back up at your friend all year long helped provide relief for animals affected by hurricanes last year in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico.

Siestas For Fiestas Blanket | $45

CREDIT: Untitled. Screenshot. Siestas for Fiestas. 4 December 2018.

Mexican husband and wife duo Chris and Jesenia have teamed up with a pastor in Cancun, Mexico, to help feed families at Christmas. Every blanket purchased gives a family a rotisserie chicken, vegetables and dinner rolls that they can bring home to their family on Christmas.

Socks That Provide Relief Kits | $15

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Conscious Step 4 December 2018.

Conscious Step sells socks that target specific causes. These benefit Oxfam, which helps provide relief kits to those immediately impacted by natural disaster. With climate change expected to affect the Caribbean, give to an organization that reliably provided relief in Puerto Rico and will continue to do so.

We The People Socks | $15

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. ACLU. 4 December 2018.

While we’re talking socks, encourage that burgeoning woke primita to never get cold feet. She’s of the people, and repping an organization that won’t back down to the Trump administration.

Immigrants We Get the Job Done Camiseta | $30

CREDIT: “Immigrants We Get the Job Done — Women’s T-Shirt” Digital Image. Feminist Apparel. 4 December 2018.

Feminist Apparel pays out their artists in perpetuity, which means that an immigrant artist is benefiting from this purchase. Plus, 10 percent of profits are donated to organizations like the ACLU, which has singlehandedly overthrown family separation policies and Muslim bans through their federal lawsuits.

Pinecone Charm Bangle | $14

CREDIT: Untitled. Digital Image. Alex and Ani. 4 December 2018.

Alex and Ani is owned by an Armenian woman who sells charm bracelets that are dedicated to specific charities. That means you can choose between ASPCA and (RED) organizations and double gift this season. This bracelet goes to Plan International, which aims to educate girls around the world, but is concentrated on Central America.

Climate Woke Crewneck T-shirt | $28

CREDIT: “Image of Climate Woke Crewneck T-shirt” Digital Image. Culture Strike. 4 December 2018.

You’re going to want to support CultureStrike, the nonprofit that hosts a pro-migrant artist collective. They organize social disruptions using beautiful, impactful artwork and touch every issue that affects Latinos. From immigration to LGBTQ protections to climate change, you’re funding the world.

Feel Good Pack | $45

CREDIT: “Feel Good Pack” Digital Image. Pura Vida Bracelets. 4 December 2018.

Pura Vida Bracelets was founded in Costa Rica and provides jobs to artisans in Costa Rica. At the same time, it’s committed to donating 10 percent of sales to charities. To date, they’ve donated $1.5 million to 175 charity partners that range from San Diego Pride to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

Somos Más Tee | $27

CREDIT: “Image of Somos Más Tee” Digital Image. Voto Latino. 4 December 2018.

Make sure your progressive primo opens this up before the gun crazed primo Viejo comes through and support Voto Latino. According to the website, “The SOMOS MÁS campaign is a national, multi-generational, multi-year effort to engage and inspire young potential American Latino voters who don’t see themselves in the political process but strongly value their family and community.”

Black Si Se Puede Polo | $30

CREDIT: “Black Si Se Puede Polo” Digital Image. Chavez Center Store. 4 December 2018.

Support your favorite nerd Mexicano padre with this embroidered polo. The proceeds entirely support the Chavez Foundation, which preserves his memorial and creates awareness services around the country, educated kids about Mexican-American history.


READ: Your Siblings Won’t Be Able To Thank You Enough If You Buy Them Any Of These Gifts This Year

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A TikToker Raised $12K For An 89-Year-Old Pizza Delivery Driver And Our Hearts Are Full

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A TikToker Raised $12K For An 89-Year-Old Pizza Delivery Driver And Our Hearts Are Full

@vendingheads / TikTok

Carlos Valdez is a TikTok sensation with 63,000 followers. The TikToker decided to do something nice with his presence and raised money to help an 89-year-old pizza delivery man he knows. The TikToker shared the video on social media and it is so sweet.

Carlos Valdez first met the pizza delivery man when he delivered pizza to his home.

Credit: @vendingheads / TikTok

The TikTok user realized that the pizza delivery man was a good candidate for some help so he decided to do something to help him out. According to CNN, the octogenarian works 30 hours a week delivering pizzas for Papa Johns. The old man delivers the pizzas because he recently came to the realization that he cannot survive solely on his social security wages.

Valdez immediately turned to his followers to help raise the money needed to help the pizza man out.

Credit: @vendingheads / TikTok

Valdez knew that he had the kind of followers who would help him makes this man’s life a little easier. So, he turned to his followers and asked them to participate in a Venmo challenge to raise enough month to give this man some help.

And came through they did.

Credit: @vendingheads / TikTok

Valdez was able to raise more than $12,000 for the viejito to make sure that he had an easier life. After all, a man in his 80s should not have to work. This is the time that he is supposed to be enjoying his golden years doing what he wants when he wants.

They even included some merch in the gifts.

The shirt is a drawing of the pizza man holding open a pizza box. The words “Hellooo are you looking for some pizza?” are written inside the box. The shirt really excited him because, tbh, we all love to be seen in a drawing. It is so nice and personal.

But that check got him right in the feels.

Credit: @vendingheads / TikTok

That amount of money is life changing for anyone, but especially for someone on a very fixed income. Seeing his face when he realizes that the social media star brought him some serious money will make your heart melt. It is one of the most sincere moments on social media. Grab the tissues because you are going to cry.

Valdez is keeping his followers updated and it seems the pizza man is happy, beloved, and super into his shirt.

Credit: @vendingheads / TikTok

“This couldn’t have gone any better,” Valdez told KSL about the whole experience. “He needed this. I’m just glad we could help him. We just need to treat people with kindness and respect the way he does. He stole our hearts.”

READ: This TikTok User Went Viral For Making a Video About What a Latino Character in the Harry Potter Universe Would Look Like

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A 10-Year-Old Girl Sent Over 1,500 Art Kits To Kids Who Are Quarantining While In Foster Care

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A 10-Year-Old Girl Sent Over 1,500 Art Kits To Kids Who Are Quarantining While In Foster Care

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Talk about a girl with a big heart.

It turns out, kids have no qualms about leading the example when it comes to selflessness and kindness in today’s time of uncertainty. While so many of us bemoan our lack of access to entertainment, friends, and personal care, young generations are looking to offer support where they can. Just look at this 10-year-old from Danbury, Connecticut who understands the importance of empathy, compassion, and love during this time of quarantine.

She worked on a pretty big project to make sure kids her age felt all three.

Chelsea Phaire has spent her time in quarantine sending kits to more than 1,500 children in homeless shelters and foster care homes.

Phaire explained in a recent interview with CNN that she wanted to create the kits to give children something to look forward to and feel positive about. Phaire’s art kits include paper, coloring books, markers, crayons, and colored pencils. They are being sent to schools and shelters across the country as part of an organization founded by Phaire and her parents called Chelsea’s Charity.

“Since she was seven, she was begging me and her dad to start a charity,” Candace Phaire, Phaire’s mother, told CNN. “She was so persistent, every couple of months she would ask, ‘Are we starting Chelsea’s Charity yet?’ When she was turning 10, she asked us again, and we decided it was time to go for it.”

Set to enter the 6th grader this coming fall, Phaire and her parents launched Chelsea’s Charity on her birthday in August 2019.

At the time, Phaire asked party guests to donate art supplies to the charity instead of giving her birthday gifts. Soon after her birthday party, Phaire made the decision to use all of the donations she’d been given to send out her first 40 art kits. The kits were collected and sent to a homeless shelter in New York. It wasn’t long before Phaire and her parents set up an Amazon wishlist account for the art supplies.

Before the pandemic, Phaire and her mother delivered almost 1,000 kits to kids in foster care homes, homeless shelters, women’s shelters, and schools impacted by gun violence.

At the time, Phaire and her mother traveled around to give kids their kits in person. Since the start of the pandemic, however they’ve mailed the kits. “I feel good inside knowing how happy they are when they get their art kits,” Phaire explained. “I have definitely grown as a person because of this. Now my dream is to meet every kid in the entire world and give them art. Who knows, maybe if we do that and then our kids do that, we’ll have world peace!”

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