Missoni Plush Teddy Bear …for the Philanthropist

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Ok, so I know it’s far too early to think about Christmas shopping BUT, when I saw this legendary design that helps a worthy cause, I just had to share it with you!

Missoni for Orphan Aid Africa:

Here are the new, adorable Missoni teddy’s, exclusively at Holt Renfrew, in support of OrphanAid Africa.


This plush teddy bear and elephant have been designed in iconic Missoni trademark zig zag-print in support of OrphanAid Africa (oaafrica.org) to help orphans and vulnerable children in Ghana grow up in safe in family settings with appropriate care and protection.

In addition to being incredibly chic, these limited-edition stuffed animals are helping children with a portion of the sales from each $50 stuffed toy going toward Holt Renrew’s $100,000 donation to OrphanAid Africa.

As for me, I’m getting a head start on Christmas shopping and picking up a few of these kind-hearted creatures for each of my children (and one cuddly shelf-ornament for me too!).  I’ll be sure to let my children know that their little teddy is warming hearts all around the world!

To purchase go to Holt Renfrew or click here.  ($50 HoltRenfrew.com)

Bake On and Give Back! Duncan Hines 1,000,000 Cupcake Challenge.

Duncan Hines® invites bakers across the country to join its 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge to help end childhood hunger. Working with Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale®, Duncan Hines hopes to inspire passionate bakers with a national baking and fundraising movement.

“Each cupcake sold at $1 will help connect hungry children to up to 10 healthy meals and gets us closer to fulfilling our mission of no kid hungry by 2015.”

Join the Duncan Hines One Million Cupcake Challenge!

One cupcake at a time, you can help end childhood hunger. And, passionate bakers could win a trip for two to Los Angeles including seats on the Red Carpet of the 63rd Primetime Emmy® Awards and weekly Great American Bake Sale donation matching of up to $5,500 per week.

Those who join the Duncan Hines 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge and host an official Great American Bake Sale from April 11 through July 24 are eligible to win one of five grand prizes in the Duncan Hines 1 MILLION Cupcake Challenge Sweepstakes. Each grand prize includes a three-day/two-night trip for two to Los Angeles including Fans in the Stands seats on the Red Carpet of the 63rd Primetime Emmy® Awards on Sept. 18, 2011.

Fulfill your Wildest Dreams at CharityBuzz.com

Have you ever wanted to visit the Glee set and sit down to lunch with Matthew Morrison? (Um, yes please!) Attend the world premiere and after party of the new Justin Timberlake flick? Have a private shopping experience with design icon, Nicole Miller? These wild stylish dreams are just a click away, available in a CharityBuzz.com auction, the auction site that offers a myriad of fashion and beauty experiences. At charitybuzz, you can win one-of-a-kind experiences with your favorite celebrities, luxury travel, designer merchandise, access to VIP sporting events and much more. Their innovative auctions feature something for everyone! The best part? Your winning bid raises money for some of the world’s most well-respected charities in support of dozens of different causes.

Buzz on over to CharityBuzz.com now to place your bids — and make a difference for kids in need.

Three holiday gifts for good—for as little as $10

The perfect way to make the season bright

Three holiday gifts for good—for as little as $10

San Francisco—This holiday, JustGive.org offers three perfect gifts that make a lasting difference. In the true spirit of the season, these gifts of charity will touch hearts and change lives.

Gifts of purpose

For friends, loved ones, colleagues, customers or hard-to-buy relatives, it’s easy to give small packages with a big impact. Helping those in need. Sharing goodwill to all. Through thoughtful eco-friendly gifts that make the world a better place.

With a few clicks of a mouse and for as little as $10, you can personalize three meaningful charity gifts:

1.  Donate to a favorite charity in their name. Several convenient JustGive online tools provide instant help if you’re not sure which charity supports a cause close to your recipient’s heart.

· Enter a zip code to find a charity and Give Locally (across the United States).

· Access the JustGive Guide of 1,000 charities grouped into 19 cause categories.

· Search the database of more than 1.8 million charities by name or by cause.

2.  Select a gift collection—Skip the fruit, wine or cheese basket and give a “basket” of four charities supporting a cause that’s special to them.

3.  Choose from 12 gift collections focused on feeding the hungry, creating homes and jobs, protecting animals and preventing cruelty, inspiring children, planting trees, saving the earth, promoting human rights, creating peace on earth . . . and more. Gift Collections start at $40 and are available for any desired amount.

Purchase a GiveNow charity e-card—The best kind of green

· Select the card and gift amount, and add your personal message. With more than a dozen holiday e-cards, you’re sure to find just the right one expressing your sentiment: Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Peace on Earth, Have a great green holiday, Season’s Greetings, Warmest Wishes, Thank you . . . and more.

· Email the card, print it on your computer or JustGive will mail it for you.

· Your recipient uses the card to support their charity of choice.

GiveNow charity gift cards never expire. Minimum value $10. A small transaction fee applies –$5 for the first card, discounted to $2 for each additional card.

These charity gifts help you wrap up holiday shopping in short order, with gifts that matter more. Available right up to the last minute, they’re great for hostess and teachers’ gifts too! Making less work for you, less waste for them. Creating a more powerful impact with your generosity of spirit.

Every gift matters

Any size gift can make a difference:

$20 fills a van with sandwiches the Covenant House delivers to homeless children on the streets

$25 supplies food for a month for a Canine Companions for Independence dog in training

$35 helps Meals on Wheels Association of America feed and check on the welfare of 5 seniors

$50 lets Foster Care Support Foundation buy winter coats, hats and gloves for 2 foster children

JustGive Founder and Executive Director Kendall Webb comments, “The economy is sputtering, people are struggling, and the need is great. We’re hoping people open their hearts and make charity their gift of choice this year. Discovering that giving less ‘stuff’ really does mean more for those in need. And by example, inspiring others to do the same!”

To spread the message of charitable giving as widely as possible this holiday, JustGive has partnered with the national Redefine Christmas movement, encouraging people to reconsider their gift giving habits. JustGive has also joined three charitable competitors to issue the $51 Bucks Challenge, asking consumers to redirect 10 percent of their holiday spending ($51) and give charity gift cards to raise money for nonprofits in need.

San Francisco-based JustGive, founded 10 years ago by Webb, a Harvard graduate and former Silicon Valley dot.com executive, has sent more than $130 million to over 65,000 charities in the past decade. For every purpose and occasion, JustGive is the only Web address donors need for online giving. They can give when, how and as often as they want through many giving options—direct and memorial donations, charity gift cards, wedding gifts, gift collections, and fund-raising registries.

The destination for online charitable giving® and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, JustGive has been recognized by Forbes as one of the Best of the Web.

GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK ~ Handmade, Fair Trade Chocolate Treats!

A gourmet delight that lives up to its name, Divine Chocolate is made with only the finest quality, fairly traded cocoa beans from Kuapa Kokoo, a cooperative of smallholder farmers in Ghana. The cocoa is grown in the shade of the tropical rainforest,and slowly fermented and dried in the sun by farmers who take great pride in the chocolate company they co-own. Choosing delicious Divine gives you guaranteed pleasure — and the farmers a guaranteed fair deal and chance to invest in a better future.

•Dark Chocolate ingredients: cocoa mass (70% cocoa solids), sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier: soya lecithin (non GM), vanilla

•Milk Chocolate ingredients: sugar, cocoa butter, dried cream, cocoa mass, whole milk powder, emulsifier: soya lecithin(nonGM), vanilla

•White Chocolate ingredients: sugar, cocoa butter, skimmed milk powder, butterfat, emulsifier: soya lecithin (non GM), vanilla

•Fair Trade Certified

•Net wt. 3.5 oz 100G

•Handmade and fairly traded from Ghana

Created to help women worldwide gain economic security for themselves and their families by earning fair wages for their handiwork, Global Girlfriend sources women-made, fair-trade imported, eco-friendly products. By supporting long-term partnerships with the artisans, it fosters equal employment opportunities, healthy and safe working conditions, technical assistance, and development strategies to help reduce poverty, one community at a time. Become a “Global Girlfriend” and help build a brighter future for girlfriends around the globe! At just $5 per bar, this treat goes a long way, funding up to 25 cups of food when purchased at thehungersite.com.