I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but it’s never too early to get a jump start on your holiday shopping. My blog sponsor Little Eli has several unique options for gifting this holiday season. If you’ve got someone with excellent taste on your list take note!
I’ve also been hard at work on my own Etsy shop this month, Living la Vida Vintage. I’ve been listing new items, lowering shipping costs, and working to make my packaging and presentation a little more special. I’ve got a bunch more items still waiting to be photographed and listed so check back often!
I’d like to feature MercyCorps in the philanthropic spotlight this month. If you hadn’t heard, a massive typhoon hit the Phillipines on Friday. Reports indicate that this storm was nearly as large and as powerful as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy combined, and the devastation is exacerbated by the fact that this is a developing nation comprised of islands. I witnessed the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina both personally and professionally so I will be blunt: please don’t send them stuff. Stuff has to be shipped and sorted which just diverts precious time and resources, not to mention that much of it just isn’t useful for the situation and must be discarded. It becomes a burden. Send money to charities that you trust and they will use their professional experience to turn it into food, water, shelter, and other basic supplies. In the wake of disasters abroad I choose to donate to MercyCorps.
There are certainly other agencies worthy of your donations as well–just make sure that whoever you send your money to is trustworthy and has been around a while. Situations such as this are unfortunately very enticing to those with less than honorable intentions.
Thanks for reading, y’all, and I hope you have a fabulous (chilly!) Wednesday!