If you have followed this blog for any amount of time, you’ve probably realized that one of my favorite ways donate is to shop for a cause (as seen here, here and here). October is especially great since almost everything comes in pink, which is probably one of my favorite colors. I completely understand that you have to be wary of some of the companies who “pinkwash” during Breast Cancer Awareness month. Meaning, they change the color of the packaging or use the pink ribbon to market products that are dangerous to women’s heath or do not make any substantial contribution to support the cause. Therefore, I have done my research for you so you know which stores, or products, really do support the cure for breast cancer.
During the month of October, one of my favorite stores, ULTA, is giving guests the opportunity to donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) through their Donate With A Kiss campaign. Guests who visit ULTA can donate $1, $3, $5 or $10 to get various gifts with donation, as well as an entry into win one of 532 Beauty Bags worth almost $600!! Who wouldn’t want a chance to win that?! Not to mention, BCRF was founded by one of the leading ladies in beauty, Evelyn H. Lauder, who was the Senior Corporate Vice President and Head of Fragrance Development Worldwide for the Estée Lauder Companies Inc. She also helped co-create the pink ribbon with then editor of SELF magazine, Alexandra Penney, which is now considered the worldwide symbol of breast cancer and breast health (link).
Here are some more products supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. Click your favorites for more info!
In Cedar Rapids, every year Mercy Hospital hosts the Especially For You Race Against Breast Cancer and every year, it continues to grow tremendously. The Especially for You Fund helps women in need receive free mammograms and other breast-care services (link).
Here is a glimpse of last year’s start (I’m in there somewhere) to show you how massive of a race it is for the Cedar Rapids area:
[Are you supporting Breast Cancer Awareness this month?]
Mother’s Day is fast approaching and there is no shortage of non-profits supporting the women who brought each and every one of us into this world. From Every Mother Counts No Mother’s Day to Sevenly’s fight against breast cancer with the National Breast Cancer Foundation we are reminded how important mothers are to us.
Here are some ways that you can support your favorite mother, as well as your favorite non-profits
Every Mother Counts – No Mothers Day – Imagine you were never able to meet your mother. Every Mother Counts is creating awareness for women everywhere who die during pregnancy or childbirth. Join celebrities like Debra Messing, Kelly Rutherford and Sheila Kelley in staying silent on Mother’s Day by not accepting gifts, not taking any calls or updating Facebook or Twitter, rather encourage them to donate funds, or purchase gifts that will educate and support girls and women all over the world. Even if you want to celebrate your mother, please watch the video and increase your awareness of women everywhere, some who are never able to celebrate Mother’s Day again.
One World One Ocean – If your mother is an animal lover, consider making a donation in her honor to help polar bear mothers in the Arctic.
Water.org – Honor your mother with Water.org. Your $25 donation provides safe water for life. This water is not only drinking water, but it aids in health, dignity and opportunity for those in developing countries.
Kiva – Is your mom or favorite woman an entrepreneur? Invest in another woman’s future and she will do the rest. You choose a borrower to receive your loan and follow the periodic updates regarding the progress of your loan. Any loan repayments are yours to keep, but you can also consider making another loan, or get someone else involved with a Kiva Card. Also check out Dermalogica’s joinFITE program. With each Dermalogica purchase, you can donate $1 to the joinFITE program aiding in entrepreneurship.
Sevenly – This week Sevenly’s teaming up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation to raise awareness and funds for women for early detection. If breast cancer is detected early in it’s onset, the survival rate increases to almost 100%. Get your mom, or favorite gal Sevenly’s shirt of the week to fight against breast cancer. These shirts are super fashionable and will look great on any of your favorite women. For every $22 – $27 purchase $7 will be donated to NBCF. Don’t forget to check out this touching video!