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With the recent heartbreaking crisis in Japan and last year's earthquake in Haiti, donating to disaster relief is top of mind. These epic natural disasters are horrible and receive massive media coverage which luckily reminds all of us to take the time to stop and consider making a monetary donation.
But how do you know where to donate money and if the organization collecting funds is legit? What products can you buy that might donate a portion of proceeds to charity?
And let's not forget the causes that might not be receiving immediate attention in the media, but year over year need to raise funds for groundbreaking cancer research or to battle Poverty, AIDS or Malaria in Africa and around the world.
As for open donations to disaster relief, Red Cross is always my top recommended trusted resource.
Red Cross also verifies other official donation sites for various causes like Japan Disaster Relief on this link here. This is a fantastic service to help you safely navigate where to put your donations.
Remember, monetary donatoins are tax deductible too, so save those receipts and records!
I also enjoy shopping for various products that benefit causes important to me. In October, I tend to buy a lot of PINK for Breast Cancer Awareness and find products that donate to Susan G Komen or other similar organizations as my mother in law is a Breast Cancer Survivor and is now battling Stage 4 Breast Cancer. I also always donate to Susan G. Komen's Race for the Cure and the 3 DAY Breast Cancer Walk.
And as far as making the shopping count.... go RED! I just love the whole "RED" campaign. So many amazing brands have partnered with this campaign. Proceeds help fight AIDS in Africa from (RED) partners like Converse, Apple, Starbucks, Dell and more.
For every (PRODUCT)RED™ item sold, up to 50% of the profits will go to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programs in Africa. (RED) has now generated more than $170 million to the Global Fund.