Purchases That Help


I try to purchase eggs from free range, vegetarian fed chickens.  Yea, I know, they are a lot more expensive, but I’m not comfortable with the thought of debeaked chickens crammed into cages, stacked from floor almost to ceiling.  For one thing, I am leery about the safety of consuming anything from that type of environment, but, I don’t like the thought about animals being treated that way.  My husband jokes that I want happy chickens; I guess I do.  I picked up a dozen eggs from Pete and Gerry’s.  They state that their chickens receive no added hormones, no pesticides, no antibiotics, no GMO’s, are vegetarian fed, USDA organic, and their raising and handling is certified humane.  Pete and Gerry’s is also a certified B corporation.  I knew that a B corporation seemed like a good thing, but I didn’t know for sure, so I looked it up.  B corporations seem to fly in the face of conventional wisdom.  They strive to be successful and be a force for good.  These 1,498 corporations seek to solve social and environmental problems while conducting business.

Dot products (www.dotproducts.org) seeks to change the face of poverty for children all over the world. With every school and office supply they sell, they’re paying for a child to attend school for half a day, including uniforms, supplies, and school fees. They will even send you a picture of the students who benefited from your purchase.  Education is a way to help lift people out of poverty.  So far, Dot products have been able to provide 3,438 days of school.

If you are looking for stylish fashion or great gifts, look no further than Global Girlfriend (www.globalgirlfriend.com).  Global Girlfriend helps women all over the world rise out of poverty and become self-sufficient with the sale of their handmade fair trade merchandise.  Global Girlfriend was founded in 2003 by Stacey Edgar with a $2,000 tax refund and a desire to help provide economic security in need.  I first became acquainted with this program through reading Stacey’s book, Global Girlfriends.  I have been buying their merchandise for years, to wear, use, eat and give as gifts.  Each item I purchase reminds me of the woman who patiently and skillfully crafted it.

And, while reading today’s newspaper, I spotted an ad for Walgreen’s, stating that when you buy vitamins and supplements from participating companies at their stores, they would donate 1.1% of the sales proceeds to Vitamin Angels through 12/31/2017.  Walgreen’s and Vitamin Angels (www.vitaminangels.org) have set a goal of reaching 100 million children in more than 50 countries and across the U.S.  Honestly, before seeing this ad, I had no idea who Vitamin Angels is.  Imagine my surprise to learn that it has earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, their highest rating!  Vitamin Angels was founded in 1994 by Howard Schiffer, a former midwife with a successful business in the natural products industry in response to the Northridge Earthquake in Southern California.  Due to this incident, he saw what a dramatic impact vitamin A supplements can have in a needy child’s life.  More than twenty years later, Vitamin Angels continues to help more mothers and children all over the world.  By their donation of a simple dose of vitamins, they are able to provide these children with healthy lives.  We can do our part, either by sending a donation to Vitamin Angels, or making a vitamin or supplement purchase at Walgreen’s.

Until the next time. . .

Love one another,


It is one of the beautiful compensations of this life that no one can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.

Charles Dudley Warner







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