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

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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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He Underwent Nine Painful Surgeries To Correct His Cleft Lip And This Boy Is Raising $100K To Help Correct Other Children’s Left Lips

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He Underwent Nine Painful Surgeries To Correct His Cleft Lip And This Boy Is Raising $100K To Help Correct Other Children’s Left Lips

John Linton / YouTube

A very sweet 12-year-old boy in Centerville, Utah has taken it upon himself to pass on his own success story to children in Guatemala born with cleft lips and/or palates. His name is Jeffrey Linton, and he wants to raise $100,000 that would all go towards helping 400 children learn to smile and be understood by their peers.

Jeffrey Linton is all smiles about his project to get 400 more kids like him to be all smiles, too.

Credit: John Linton / YouTube

In a truly adorable video, Linton tells his audience how he had to “undergo nine painful surgeries to get as handsome” as he is now. Uncorrected, cleft lip and palates can cause chronic ear infections, difficulty eating, drinking and speaking.

In the video, we see a series of baby photos of Jeffrey as his cleft lip and palate were corrected.

Credit: John Linton / YouTube

“My first surgery was when I was only 10 weeks old and it was just a lip adhesion,” Linton says int eh video. “My cleft was wide enough that they thought it would help my muscles adjust to the repair if they did it in two stages. So although my lip was pulled together, I could still stick my tongue out above it. It looked like I was sticking my tongue out of my nose and I hear that everyone got a kick out of that.”

It’s been a long journey for the child, completed with speech therapy, and now, it’s time for him to give back.

Credit: John Linton / YouTube

Jeffrey’s second surgery was when he was just six months old. “I had a hard time recovering and my parents had a hard time knowing how much pain medication to give me,” Jeffrey told ABC. “But I came out of it with a repaired lip. They fixed my soft palate at 9 months and put ear tubes in to drain all the fluid in my ears.” It was crucial for his parents to be able to work with doctors for many years to continue his treatment.

“I want you to think about what it would be like if you couldn’t smile. It would change your life,” he tells the camera.

Credit: John Linton / YouTube

He had to go through all those surgeries but now says he “can smile, I can eat and just be happy the way I am.” He goes on to tell us, very enthusiastically, “I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t have those wonderful doctors that could have given me the surgeries that I need and those same doctors are going to Guatemala to help kids like me.”

Linton reached out to the Hirsche Smiles Foundation, which goes to Guatemala annually to operate on kids like him.

Credit: John Linton / YouTube

The organization is entirely focused on providing support to Guatemalans. It coordinates plastic surgery, dental and construction teams to offer a range of services, including cleft lip and/or palates.

All the doctors and nurses pay their own way to get there, so all the money goes directly to medical supplies.

Credit: John Linton / YouTube

HSF only works because of the volunteer surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses who donate their travel expenses and time to these kids. Of course, HSF still needs to raise money for the medical supplies required to perform the surgeries.

This 12-year-old actually pitched Holiday Oil “and they went for it.”

Credit: John Linton / YouTube

They’re donating a portion of their car wash sales made on July 13th to Hirsche Smiles Foundation. He wants to raise $100,000 and says that “Holiday Oil has done their part, and now you get to do yours.

If you’re near a Holiday Oil, you can get a car wash on July 13, 2019, to help support the cause.

Credit: John Linton / YouTube

A portion of the proceeds will go to HSF, and you’ll get your car washed while you’re at it!

Even better, you can volunteer to help out at the car wash and tell your friends to show up, too.

Credit: John Linton / YouTube

According to Jeffrey, “You could help collect donations and drying off cars and things,” if you show up to volunteer that day as well. 

Or, you can donate directly to the Hirsche Smiles Foundation.

 
Credit: John Linton / YouTube

A donation of $250 will pay for the cost of one surgery, and 100 percent of your donation will go towards expenses for the hospitals and supplies. It’s a worthy cause, y’all.

READ: Spurred By Anger At The Trump Administration, One Latina Entrepreneur Raised $9,000 For Migrant Children

‘Selena For Sanctuary’ Is The Free Concert In NYC All About Helping The Immigrant Community

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‘Selena For Sanctuary’ Is The Free Concert In NYC All About Helping The Immigrant Community

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Singer Kali Uchis is not having the most ideal summer. The American-Colombian artist is allegedly being sued by her former manager, Claire Bogle, who worked for Uchis since 2016. Court documents show that Bogle alleges Uchis didn’t pay her 20 percent of her $1.5 million earnings. But just because she’s embroiled in legal issues, doesn’t mean Uchis is going to let that damper her charity work. The singer is coming through as the headliner for the 2019 Selena for Sanctuary concert, a

Kali Uchis is slated to perform at the third annual Selena For Sanctuary concert in New York City.

“Honored to be headlining Selena for Sanctuary this year. creating safe spaces& raising funds for immigrants; celebrating our roots, & our journeys, all while paying tribute to the inspirational icon Selena. tix are free but all donations & money raised there will support Make The Road NY Organization. c u there,” she said on Instagram.

Since 2017, Doris Muñoz of Mija Management has been producing Selena for Sanctuary, a concert to help undocumented immigrants.

Her mission remains to donate all proceeds from her concerts to undocumented people who need funds for legal fees, to submit DACA applications, etc. This year the entire proceeds of the show will go to Make The Road NY. Their mission is to provide “Legal and Survival Services,” develop “Transformative Education,” and help with “Community Organizing.”

“When our parents can barely afford to take a day off of work to go to the lawyer’s office, how are they even going to pay that lawyer?” Muñoz told Remezcla in an interview in 2017. “I think in the Donald Trump era, we’re sometimes afraid of who we’re talking to and having a brown body, you can feel like a target,” Munoz added. “To be in a safe space like this, surrounded by people who believe in fighting for your community with you, is really beautiful.”

The aim of Selena for Sanctuary is to raise money and awareness for immigrant issues that are impacting millions of lives. The New York City event will be part of Central Park’s Summerstage concert series and it is the second year that the event is happening in NYC.

“Thank you to every single artist + team a part of this. this line up honors how amazing and diverse our Latinx community in music is right now,” Muñoz wrote on Instagram. “This series started out of urgency early 2017, and to see where it has grown feels like all my dreams are coming to life. 
ALSOOOO WE’RE BECOMING AN OFFICIAL NON PROFIT THIS YEAR Y’ALL 😭.”

Other performers this year also include Cuco.

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“YOOOO! So excited to announce being a part of Selena for Sanctuary’s second year in NYC!!! Come out to Central Park August 18th to support our immigrant community in need,” Cuco posted on Instagram. “From personal experiences and coming from a family of immigrants, it’s so important to me that you come and get informed of the struggles going on in our current climate (but also have fun remembering Selena). Love you all ♥️”

It just goes to show that so many people in our community are being impacted by immigration and the immigration policies. Thankfully, Selena for Sanctuary is giving these people and families hope.

Helado Negro will also use his music to bring attention to the struggles of migrants.

“Solidarity for Sanctuary is a non-profit aimed to amplify the voices of immigrant communities through music, advocacy, and the arts,” Helado Negro posted on Instagram. “See you all at the park. :)”

IV Jay, Ambar Lucid, Jasper Bones, The Santuario House Band with music direction by Adrian Quesada, are also scheduled to be performing as well. 

We’re especially looking forward to a performance by Selena’s nephew Principe Q!

“Honored that I was invited to play this FREE event in August 🙏🏽 Selena was all about giving back to her community,” Svani Quintanilla said on Instagram. “It’s beautiful to see such a big event giving back to a bigger community in her honor.”

We assume that this special honor means so much more since he is playing in honor of his tía as well. What a sweet moment for a family to see things coming full circle.

The free show will take place on August 18, at 8 p.m., at Central Park in New York City. Click here for more information. 

READ: If This Single Is Any Indicator, Kali Uchis New Album Is Going To Be Lit

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