The Season of Giving Back: Four Foundations You Can Donate to This Christmas

The Season of Giving Back: Four Foundations You Can Donate to This Christmas

Christmas is the season for so many joyful moments. It’s the season for reuniting with family, for gifting loved ones with tokens of affection, and even for overeating—and promptly enrolling in a gym. But the true meaning of Christmas lies in how much of our individual blessings we can share with those close to us and, more importantly, with those who need it most. As the Christmas festivities heighten the spirit of charity and compassion in our communities, here is a list of organizations to which you may wish to donate.   Love the Children Foundation Love the Children Foundation provides an alternative home with the goal of “developing children’s full potentials” in a holistically supportive environment. One of their programs is a monthly “kids appreciation day,” where house parents prepare a program to recognize children for being “most responsible, neat & clean, honest, and helpful,” among other virtues. This builds self-confidence and self-worth among the kids. The kids of Love the Children Foundation (LTCF) also have a special bond with the Alsons Dev employees. This year, Alsons Dev employees had a gift-giving program with them, and gave them a tour of the field office. Contact & Donation details: Telefax: (082) 291-4645 Donate via their website   Our Lady of Victory Training Center In 1981, Sister Cecelia Wood, Sister Maria del Rey, and Sister John Irene Mahoney opened the Our Lady of Victory Training Center. The center began in a rented house, but has since expanded to multiple locations, taking care of thousands of disabled children in Davao and nearby areas. They follow a values-based rehabilitation program, which instills...
Green Christmas: Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Green Christmas: Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for the Holidays

There’s no greater feeling than delighting someone with a Christmas present. With these eco-conscious gift ideas, you’ll make both your loved ones and Mother Earth beam with joy: OLIVIA AND DIEGO Olivia & Diego is a social enterprise that trains stay-at-home-mothers and human trafficking survivors to “upcycle” discarded cotton shirts into colorful and sophisticated jewelry.  For inquiries, email Olivia and Diego at oliviaanddiego.ph@gmail.com or visit their Facebook page.   ORGANIC BATH PRODUCTS When it comes to eco-conscious skincare products, Echo Store is your go-to source. Their lavender mint set, for example, uses all-natural ingredients that gently cleanse and rejuvenate your skin.  For inquiries, contact Echo Store through their Facebook page or visit their website.   STEEL STRAWS Sip PH takes a stand against plastic waste by providing a reusable alternative to straws. It’s perfect for anyone who wants a sustainable lifestyle. For inquiries, contact Sip PH through their Facebook page or visit their website.   LOCAL TEAS Tsaa Laya is a social enterprise that empowers local farmers to grow and harvest tea ingredients, making each cup a labor of love. Variants include lemon ginger, pandan, and arvensis mint. For inquiries, contact Tsaa Laya through their Facebook page or visit this online store.   ALL-NATURAL SAUCES Padre Ninno’s sauces are organic – their products have none of the polluting pesticides and fertilizers. Furthermore, a cut of their profits goes to a program that benefits lumad youth. Bestsellers include the vegetarian tuna sauce, pesto in olive oil, and the herbed mushroom sauce. Padre Ninno’s is located at the Don Bosco Living Hope Center in Buda.   Support sustainable living and make...