Tis the Season: Gift and Do Good

Do you want to give gifts and give back at the same time? This season, there are many ways in which you can do this. From businesses that donate a portion of sales to a charity to nonprofits that sell products made by those in need, your giving can impact more than the person who is the beneficiary of your gift.

This season, “gift and do good” during the holidays by doing the following:

      1. Give the gift of time. If you haven’t visited your grandparents or parents lately, plan to spend a day with them. In addition to your own family, there are many who would benefit from your presence. Volunteer at a local hospital, retirement community, or homeless shelter. Visit an elderly neighbor.
      2. Give a gift to charity. Choose a cause that matches closely to the interests of the person to whom you are gifting (or select one that matters most to you) and give what you can in your recipient’s honor.
      3. Piece by Piece

        Buy gifts made by individuals in need and sold by organizations that support them. Year round, Piece by Piece has a selection of mosaic crafts for sale that are created by artisans who live in Skid Row and South Los Angeles. The Downtown Women’s Center sells artisan home goods — candles, soaps, and more — that are handmade by women overcoming poverty and homelessness.

        Hear the World Foundation

      4. Buy gifts for which a portion of the purchase price is donated to a worthy organization. When you buy Vibes high-fidelity earplugs, proceeds from each pair purchased support Hear the World Foundation, which helps hearing aids, surgeries and programs for the hard of hearing around the world.

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FREE: National Drawing Contest for Kids, ages 4-15

Across the nation, youth, ages 4-15, are invited to create and submit a drawing of their idea of their “Dream Car” now through Tuesday, January 31, 2017. Full contest details, along with the required entry form and official rules, are available online at www.TFSintheCommunity.com/DreamCar.

In the spring of 2017, nine U.S. winners will be selected. Once accepted and awarded, their artwork will be submitted, along with entries from approximately 80 countries, for consideration in the World Contest. Thirty World Winners plus their parents or guardians will receive a trip to Japan to participate in an awards ceremony in August 2017 during which four additional awards will be announced per age category: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Best Finalist. In previous years, U.S. Winners were selected to receive a trip to Japan to compete in the World Contest; among them was Lauren Park for her “Toyota Camera Car.”

Young people across the country are encouraged to participate. Last year, over 660,000 youth, ages 4-15 from nearly 80 countries submitted artwork to the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest worldwide. Of these, 630 entries were submitted to Japan for consideration in the World Contest. The first international contest was held in 2004 by Toyota Motor Corporation in Japan. This is the 6th year that the U.S. has held its National Contest.

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