Category: Causes + General Do-Gooding

One toy in, one toy out: Used toy donations to help kids in need this holiday season

Especially with so many services that help facilitate toy donations, there is nothing more sad to me than seeing a perfectly good plastic toy sitting by the curb on garbage day. And yet, if you’re like me, you’re not quite sure who to call about the sand table gathering wet leaves in the back yard or the pile of electronic guitars and singing cars your kids accumulate over the years that you might be clearing out, especially with the new gifts coming in for Christmas. Now there’s a way to pass your formerly loved plastic toys on to children...

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10 ways for families to join in on #GivingTuesday. Lots of them free.

After the total madness of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday (phew) one of the things we love best is #GivingTuesday. The point being that after taking advantage of so many great shopping deals for yourself and your loved ones over the past week, it’s a good time to think about putting aside a little something for others in need, locally and abroad. We can’t tell you where or how or how much to give, but here are ten ideas to get you thinking: 1. Support an Indiegogo or Kickstarter campaign and help an entrepreneur. 2. Give...

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Celebrate Veteran’s Day by helping the people of the Philippines with Team Rubicon

With the recent devastation in the Philippines and today being Veteran’s Day, we couldn’t think of a better way to honor those who have so bravely served our country and send help to those who need to most than sharing our friends from Team Rubicon’s latest mission, Operation: Seabird. Just yesterday, they deployed 18 former veterans and first responders to provide relief to the typhoon-swept city of Tacloban, Philippines to provide search and rescue and triaging support. If you’re not familiar with Team Rubicon, they are an amazing non-profit that utilizes the skills and experiences of military veterans to...

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After the pink is gone: ways to take on breast cancer all year long

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is officially ending tomorrow, and this year at Cool Mom Picks we decided to stay away from the “pinkwashing” products, the Facebook memes that don’t really help anyone, and the plethora of pink ribbon products, however well-intended. (Pink ribbon liquor bottles? Sigh.) For so many of us, the fight to find a cure for our mothers, our sisters, our friends, and ourselves never ends, not even on October 31. So instead, we wanted to offer up some organizations that tirelessly work every month to help wipe out breast cancer and support those still battling it....

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The gift that keeps on giving. And bleating.

As it turns out, the hottest gift this holiday season might actually be a goat. And her name is Stella. Don’t worry–she’s not coming to live with you. But she can do a world of good for a family in need. We’re already excited about FashionABLE’s third birthday–and the 30% off sale on their gorgeous scarves–because we love initiatives that help families break out of extreme poverty. In fact, one of our favorite scarves was even designed with the help of ONE.org. And now that Heifer International is partnering with ONE as well, we’re happy to get the word out too....

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The FashionABLE birthday sale: You get the gifts, and so do women halfway around the world.

Three years ago, a small company was founded that would forever change the lives of so many women and mothers in Ethiopia. You may already know how much we love FashionABLE, their beautiful handmade scarves and leather goods, and everything they’re doing to bring women out of poverty to create better lives for themselves. Now it’s time to celebrate their third birthday in style, with a super awesome sale this week only. Starting today, FashionABLE will be celebrating three years with a sale on every beautiful item in their shop including their new fall collection. Every writer from Cool Mom Picks got one...

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Trendy specs that give back to kids in need

For some reason, finding cool eyewear at decent prices is one of the great impossibilities of our time. Sure, you can clip coupons for the discount optometrist in the mall, but you’ll never find affordable, straight-from-Paris frames or those to-die-for vintage shades. That’s why we’re such big fans of this online company with seriously sweet eyewear and a mission we love. The philosophy behind Ivory + Mason is similar to so many other products that give back, most notably Warby Parker.  You get gorgeous eyewear, fair prices, and for every pair of frames you buy, they’ll give a pair to a...

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Colorado flooding: 4 ways you can help

Our family moved to Colorado in 2005, and as cheesy as it may sound, I fell in love with the natural beauty of this state. We’ve camped in Glenwood Springs, hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park, and zip-lined at YMCA of the Rockies. I ran my first half marathon in Estes Park, and I’ve been doing triathlons in Boulder since 2009. I never dreamed of doing such things when I lived in New York; Colorado has transformed me. Now Colorado has been transformed by rain and flooding. The pictures and videos document the unbelievable destruction, and the statistics are...

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Gifts that give back beautifully: Given Goods Company

We always love websites with gifts that give back, and now there’s another one that’s not just all about do-gooding, but selling truly fabulous products. Let’s just say you’re not going to have to click all that much to find something you want to add to your wishlist.  Given Goods Company offers accessories, home goods, and all kinds of gifts that are amazingly well curated. Don’t expect a world of big beaded necklaces here (not that they can’t be great too), but the kinds of items you’d find in a favorite local boutique. Toggle over the little blue G icon,...

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Remember 9/11 through volunteering. (A better idea than just watching the news all day.)

It has been 12 years, though the memory of how that perfectly ordinary September morning turned into a day of horror will forever make our hearts ache and hug our children a little closer. Along with the tears (still), we also feel an increased resolve to do something good in memory of all those whose lives were so suddenly changed. If you too want to help on this 9/11 Day of Service but aren’t sure where to begin, we’ve long turned to a website that will quickly and easily help you find volunteer opportunities in your area. VolunteerMarch.org finds...

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