2018 Cyber Monday | Gift Guide

2018 Cyber Monday | Gift Guide

Cyber Monday lets you sit back, relax, and browse endless deals and discounts without having to push through the rush of Black Friday crowds. “Doorbusters” are snagged with the click of a button, and there’s no more waiting in lines with a stomach full of turkey. All of the brands and items listed below are easily accessible via your laptop, tablet or phone – and even better – with extra incentives from us.

1. The Home Depot | Destress with Distressed Home Décor

Straight out of the Home Decorators Collection, the Maharaja 6-Drawer Sandblast White Dresser fills a room with the positive energy of India-inspired design. Constructed out of eye-catching, Himalayan sheesham wood, don’t be surprised if the intricately, hand-carved details make all other home décor pieces envious. The sandblasted white, distressed finish is versatile, brightening bedrooms and adding a touch of elegance to rooms in need of personality. Order this beauty, and you’ll also enjoy the luxury of it coming fully assembled.

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2. Macy’s | Spa-rrific Stocking Stuffers X 19

Treat yourself or a loved one to the ultimate indulgences in facial beauty – a collection of masks that deliver instant, healthy skin boosts of natural oils, extracts, and vitamins that don’t cost a fortune. The TONYMOLY 19-Pc. Holiday Mask Set, created exclusively for Macy’s, comes with 10 pulp sheet masks, 3 layering sheet masks, 3 gel face masks, and 3 gel eye masks. The Coconut mask provides a shot of ultra-hydration. Shrink enlarged pores with a Red Wine mask. Refresh, brighten and pamper your eyes with the Green Tea mask. Other masks in the set use avocado, aloe, rice, cactus, lotus, rose, lavender, and lemon to improve the face and skin.

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3. Sam’s Club | A Best Seller for Your Best Friend

Enhancing the magic and stories behind every photo, it doesn’t hurt to have the capabilities of a high-quality camera on your side. Photogs will definitely appreciate the many features of the Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera Lens Bundle. Smart technology includes built-in Wi-Fi® and NFC connectivity; and a Scene Intelligent Auto mode that automatically adjusts camera settings to match any subject. Achieve impressively detailed, sharp photos and video (even when skies are grey) with an 18.0 MP CMOS image sensor and DIGIC 4+ Image Processor. Other bundle perks to note include the zoom lens, shoulder bag, battery pack, and SDHC card.

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4. Littlebits | STEM-Powered Fun for Your Lil’ Superhero

A toy that entertains and educates at the same time? It’s a win-win for any parent. You know how awesome Iron Man’s high-tech suit and accessories are. Now, kids can become their own super hero with the Avengers Hero Inventor Kit. Packed with all sorts of bits and pieces they can use to build and customize a super-secret identity and amazing superpowers, you not only conquer the holidays, but also help develop a child’s interest in science. Geared towards Avengers-in-training who are 8 years or older, there’s more than 18 activities to keep them busy.Littlebits

5. Tempur-Pedic | No More Counting Sheep

With a mattress from one of Tempur-pedic’s newest lines, the ProAdapt™ Series, makes falling asleep and enjoying an ultra-relaxing, rejuvenating slumber much easier to achieve. Say ‘hello’ to multiple layers of support available in a selection of sizes, ranging from Twin to Split California King. Personalize your level of comfort with a Soft, Medium or Firm mattress, which delivers the brand’s most pressure relieving material ever. Opt for the Medium Hybrid, and embrace the added comfort of over 1,000 premium spring coils. If you’re going to invest on a better night’s sleep, you might as well strike when the price is lower.

6. iRobot | Clean Like the Jetsons

Take house-cleaning to the next level with the Wi-Fi® Connected Robot Vacuum of your dreams! The iRobot® Roomba® i7 boasts out-of-this-world capabilities which include “power-lifting suction’ that picks up more dust, dirt, allergens, pet hair, and Cheerios than ever – thanks to having 10X the air power than previous models. Imprint™ Smart Mapping technology also learns, maps and adjusts to every room, while you man the controls from the smartphone iRobot HOME App and Alexa-enabled devices.

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7. The Home Depot | Floor Someone with New Hardwoods

Shining with oh-so-much potential, the look of hardwood floors not only adds value to a home, but they look incredibly fabulous wherever they are. Since wood floors can last a lifetime, loved ones are sure to be everlastingly grateful for gifted Millstead Oak Spice Engineered Hardwood Flooring this holiday. The prefinished engineered, click real oak floor is durable, and easy to install. Five layers of solid, domestic oak hardwood make up the flooring, which offers a cross ply design and medium gloss finish. One case contains 20 square feet of new floor envy.

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8. Walmart | Still Flying Off the Shelves

Toy trends come and go, but remote control fun is still just as popular as ever. Drones not only keep kids busy, but also provide hours of entertainment for adults – from serious hobbyists to amateur users. Take the Sky Rider Eagle 3 Pro Quadcopter Drone with Wi-Fi Camera, for example. With a control distance of up to 328 feet, this quadcopter zips through the air at low, medium and high speeds. The 6-axis gyroscope enables 360-degree flips and tricks. With this model, users can also livestream video to smartphones and VR goggles.

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9. Lowe’s | Home Improvement Motivation to the Max

No more excuses…that HGTV-fueled dream home or ultimate kitchen makeover in the works comes closer to reality when you have the right tools on hand…like the DEWALT 7-Tool 20-volt Max Power Tool Combo Kit. Everything you need to revamp cabinets, install shelves, or repair the stairs is included…and without the restriction of cords. This kit comes with a cordless drill, cordless impact driver, cordless angle grinder, reciprocating saw, circular saw, handheld flashlight, and portable speaker.

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10. Monica Vinader | A Bracelet for Your Bestie

From new job anxiety to bad breakups, your best friend has been there for it all…offering much more than just words of encouragement. To thank the calming force in your life, the Monica Vinader Fiji Friendship Bracelet in Marjorelle Blue (which just so happens to represent wisdom) has special meaning for your favorite sidekick. Available in standard and petite sizes, choose from sterling silver or 18 ct. gold vermeil (or 18 ct. rose gold vermeil) on sterling silver. Ready to engrave…you can also add a little something special to the bracelet with a complimentary, engraved personal message or motif.

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11. Xfinity | Satisfy Your Need for Speed  

We live in a connected world, and whether you’re in the middle of an online shopping spree or binge-watching your fav TV show, you want the speediest results. Just in time for Christmas movie marathons and never-ending, Xbox One downloads, high-speed Xfinity Internet now offers increased speeds with all of their new packages. This means you (or another special someone) can achieve new levels of entertainment satisfaction; and all connected devices will stream movies and music, share photos, download files, and conquer Fortnite’s Battle Royale much faster than before.

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12. Dick’s Sporting Goods | A “Better Sweater” For Her

Trim and streamlined is the name of the game when it comes to “anywhere, anytime” appropriate outerwear. Whether for the hiking trail, the city streets, or a slow stroll around a wind-whipped neighborhood, this is the jacket she’ll pick. Patagonia’s “Better Sweater” fleece jacket comes in fourteen classic and jewel-toned colors, making it easy to get her a gift that both warms her heart and suits her personality. Not only is this jacket comfortable, Patagonia ensures it also comes with the comfort of knowing it’s been produced with sustainability and ethics in mind.

Dick's Sporting Goods

13. Reiss | Lounge in Luxury, Snooze in Satin

From what we can tell, there’s just one problem with these perfect PJs—once they’re on, your lucky gift recipient won’t ever want to take them off. Would you blame them, though? The Tilda striped pajama top by Reiss (bottoms sold separately) wraps your wearer up in high-end, luxury satin bliss. Its expertly-tailored 1920s silhouette evokes a grown-up sexiness that transforms your everyday “Netflix-and-chill” into something more like “art-films-and-cocktails.” And for your well-read, laid back, stylishly sleepy, loved one? That’s a good thing. (As for you? With cash back plus this hot Black Friday deal, that’s a good thing for you, too.)

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Cyber Monday may be an annual event, but the possibility of steals, deals and discounts from these brands and more are a year-round thrill. To stay on top of the latest offers, we recommend downloading our Giving Assistant Button, if you haven’t already!

2018 Holiday Decor Essentials [The Home Depot]

2018 Holiday Decor Essentials [The Home Depot]

Cozy homes and cozy wallets. Sound like a Christmas miracle to you? Well, if you’re reading this…consider yourself #blessed.

The Home Depot’s Ready to Holiday savings event is here to help you make your warmest, fuzziest, and most stylish dreams a reality right now, with furniture, decor, design inspiration, helpful tips, and up to 40% off on select items perfect for gifting yourself—and your houseguests—with all things merry, bright, and on-trend.

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First stop: the kitchen. Waking up on a cold morning to the smell of bacon, fresh-brewed coffee and warm cinnamon rolls is one thing. But sweet deals on everything from beautiful tableware, to top-of-the-line coffee makers and cookware is what really takes the cake. (Or the fruitcake, if that’s your family’s thing.)

Need to keep your dining room decked through dinnertime? Easy. Everything you need to mix and prep a perfect, stress-free feast is a click away. Snag special savings on decorative serving platters, linens, and cutlery, and dish out happy, bright pops of color all winter long with a Buy-5-Get-1-Free deal on vibrant, select Fiestaware. Whether for Thanksgiving dinner or a New Year’s Day brunch, at The Home Depot, you’re at the head of the table.

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Of course, the more the merrier—and that goes for cash, too. Help your guests make themselves truly at home without dipping into your holiday savings stash, starting with a personal clothes hamper from The Home Depot. Shower them with comfort and style with absorbent, 100% cotton towels that match your decor, plus save on special storage for toiletries.

The Home Depot knows that hibernating isn’t just for woodland creatures. That’s why they stocked their Ready to Holiday savings event with the softest, most stylish creature-comforts of the season, like charming sheet sets, duvets, and shams, plus new animal print bedding and signature, jewel-toned quilts from The Company Store, perfect for upgrading your guest room to a more cheerful, comfortable, and inviting guest “nest.”

Home DepotForget something? No worries. The holidays are easier at The Home Depot. Choose 2-day home delivery or in-store pickup for last-minute items like cookware or extra seating; enjoy free shipping on any online order over $45; and remember: If you aren’t 100% happy with your purchase, The Home Depot offers completely hassle-free returns. (Even Santa doesn’t offer that.)

Save your hard-earned holiday cash for what matters most (gifts, of course), while gifting yourself and all your guests with a dream holiday home by The Home Depot. Be sure to create your own special holiday magic too, with help from Giving Assistant. Shop now, and you’ll earn up to 8% cash back you can keep or share with a nonprofit in need.

2018 Singles Day | Gift Guide

2018 Singles Day | Gift Guide

Ever heard of Singles Day, 11/11?  It’s a yearly observance that dates back to 1993. What started out as college kids’ gratifying response to flying solo on Valentine’s Day is now an ongoing movement – one so popular that the day sees $1 billion of merchandise purchased on an hourly basis in the largest retail market in the world, China. This officially makes Singles Day the most anticipated, online and offline shopping day in the world. It’s Amazon Prime Day on steroids, and you don’t have to live abroad to celebrate it. You deserve to treat yourself to a little something extra every now and then…and this is the perfect time to celebrate your individuality.

1. AliExpress | Winter Turtleneck

When you don’t have someone to keep you warm in colder weather, this long-sleeved, faux fur, NadaFair turtleneck has your back. Doubling as a stylishly warm, pullover, the sweatshirt makes a fabulous match with a pair of blue jeans. The patchwork pattern across the chest enhances this stylish, casual look for the fall and winter season. Available in small to extra-large sizes, choose from black, blue, brown, and white/pink.

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2. Gearbest | 4G Phablet

In any social circle, communication is king! Whether you’re chatting with friends or making plans for the weekend, you should have the best of both worlds in technology at your fingertips….like a phablet. The Coolpad Cool1 Dual 4G Phablet combines a larger 5.5-inch screen (like a tablet) with the compact convenience of a smartphone – ideal for home, school or office use. Other features to consider include triple camera capabilities (including dual rear cameras), fingerprint unlocking, a large battery capacity, gravity sensor, and multi-language options.  

3. Sam’s Club | Serta Firm Queen Mattress Set

You’re long overdue for a relaxing, night’s sleep! Now is the perfect time to say ‘goodbye’ to saggy slumbers, tossing and turning all night long, and sour dreams. The Serta Castleview Cushion Firm Pillowtop Queen Mattress Set isn’t just any bed; it’s a limited edition stunner that combines Cool Twist® Gel Foam with an individually wrapped innerspring coil system that delivers targeted slumber support. The standard 9″ StabL-Base® box spring and mattress work together to relieve pressure points and provide ample cushioning for the body. Another perk? White Glove Delivery. No need to worry about set-up or getting rid of your old mattress – they’ll haul it away for you.

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4. Banggood | Essential Oil Diffuser

Treat yourself to a spa day without ever leaving the home. One of the best ways to set the mood in a room is to clear the air and replace it with positive, uplifting scents. The LuckyFine Essential Oil Diffuser does just that, as a dual aromatherapy diffuser and energy-efficient, air humidifier. With this model, you’re spoiled with a lot of options. There’s seven LED light effects that switch color or stay on a single hue. You can adjust the brightness, spray effects and duration settings. Activate the mist mood and just relax. Play with different essential oils: melt away stress with lavender, get earthy with patchouli, or put some pep in your step with cooling peppermint.

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5. Home Depot | Rotating Digital Air Fryer

This air fryer really “stirs” up joy. Make every day feel like “fry” day with the Cyclone Rotating Digital Air Fryer by modernhome. A 7-quart capacity means room enough to feed the whole family their favorite meals. From fresh veggies, to meats, poultry, and even desserts, this fryer serves up healthy portions (both in nutritional value and in size!) of everyone’s favorites in no time. A self-stirring arm ensures food cooks evenly, and touch-activated controls make it easy to precisely set temperatures and cook times.

The Home Depot

If Singles Day sounds like your kind of holiday, and you’re not done giving yourself all of the individual attention you deserve, make sure to download our Giving Assistant Button. We’ll make sure you fall in love with plenty of deals, discounts and savings all year-round.

 

2018 Black Friday | Gift Guide

2018 Black Friday | Gift Guide

It’s that time of the year again, when promotional sales are at an all-time high, and eagle-eyed, deal watchers are able to snag the lowest prices on gifts for family and friends. Black Friday traditionally marks the kickoff of Christmas and holiday shopping in the U.S. Many savvy shoppers wait all year long just to take advantage of the deep discounts and unbelievable markdowns. To get you started, check out these Black Friday gift ideas you won’t want to miss.

1. Macy’s | Fried Favorites with Less Mess

This Macy’s-exclusive 2.6 Qt. Touchscreen Air Convection Fryer from Crux packs 1,500 watts of circular heat power that evenly cooks and crisps all of your fried favs without using gobs of grease. Bet you didn’t know you could make handheld Apple Pies with Bourbon Caramel Sauce in an air fryer? Besides churning out multiple batches of crispy French fries and wing-dings, the fryer also roasts, grills, cooks frozen food, and even bakes muffins, breads and custards for dessert. The basket holds 2.5L of food, making it a highly versatile gift for newlyweds, college kids, and small families. Reaching temperatures of up to 400°F for up to 60 minutes, other features include digital touchscreen controls, an auto-shutoff timer, and chic copper accents.

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2. NET-A-PORTER | Add a Touch of Empowerment to the Jewelry Box

When gift-shopping for the fashionista in your life, accessories are queen! CHLOÉ Femininities gold-tone earrings offer a series of signature rings that embodies the energy of female empowerment and features two of the brand’s most sought-after motifs. Prancing ponies and the statuesque ‘Femininities’ emblem (inspired by ancient fertility art) are the highlights of this mismatched pair of ear bling. With a 6.9cm drop, these Italian-made beauties may give off a larger-than-life presence, but actually have a surprisingly lightweight feel to them.

Net-a-porterNeed another NET-A-PORTER gift suggestion? How about the signature, hard-to-overlook, distinctive pattern we all know and love with a practical twist: Burberry’s checked canvas and leather cardholder. It’s a real show-stopper. Black leather and multicolored canvas are paired together to offer an eye-catching luxe gift idea for the accessories hound. Carry cash in the zipped pocket, while backup funds and I.D. fit into four card slots. Just the right size for any on-the-go adventure – the holder doesn’t take much space up inside a purse, and is compact enough to slip into a pocket.   

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3. Lowe’s | Put Your Old Fridge on Ice & Upgrade

The stainless steel Samsung 25.5-cu ft French Door Refrigerator represents one of the most popular styles in refrigeration. Not only does it provide a more convenient, eye-level view of foods, shelves and crisper drawers, but also looks pretty fabulous while doing it.

The CoolSelect Pantry full-width drawer comes with separate temperature controls; ready to store a holiday party platter or safely defrost tonight’s dinner. Store frozen foods in the EZ-Open handled, bottom drawer, which holds the ice maker with easy-access bulk ice storage. Another perk? ENERGY STAR certified products, like this fridge, help save money on utility bills with all of the style, convenience and high-performance you’d expect from a modern kitchen appliance.

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4. Sam’s Club | Get App-Happy with a Smart TV

Binge-watch the final season. Super-size game day touchdowns. Netflix and chill. Whatever their pleasure, a VIZIO D-Series 55″ Class Smart TV is a gift that keeps on giving all year round with 4K Ultra HD resolution – that’s four times the detail of 1080p Full HD! This model comes equipped with Smart TV features that are quicker and easier to navigate. They’ll gain instant access to the most popular apps and their can’t-live-without favorites. Built-in Chromecast means no need to buy an extra accessory to instantly stream movies, shows and music.

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5. One King’s Lane | Breathe Color into a Room

Gift-worthy for new homeowners, art enthusiasts, and baby nurseries, there’s something relaxing yet stimulating about botanical art, like the As Collective Leaf Set of art prints. This Mother Nature-inspired trio certainly breathes life into a room with rich strokes of blue and green –  accompanied by versatile yet uncomplicated, white molding that frames the prints. Each art print (“Milkweed I,” “Leaf I,” and “Milkweed II”) measures 16″ x 13″; is printed on fine art paper; and comes ready to hang in a bedroom, living room, den or office.

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6. Tempur-pedic | The Ultimate “Sweet Dreams” Maker

For some, achieving an intensely-relaxing night’s sleep is a gift sent from heaven; exactly what the TEMPUR-ProAdapt™ aims to deliver. Say ‘hello’ to one of the newest mattresses in the Tempur-pedic lineup. Constructed to provide multiple layers of luxurious comfort, support and advanced pressure-relief, the ProAdapt promotes the kind of rejuvenating sleep many rarely achieve. Personalize the comfort level with Soft, Medium, Medium Hybrid and Firm options – available in a variety of mattress sizes, from Twin to Split CA King. And then, snuggle deeply without a care; there’s a 10-year limited warranty on this mattress, which Tempur-pedic will repair or replace it for free, if needed.

7. Home Depot | Wine in Style

This classically rustic wine cart from the Home Depot is the perfect excuse to fill your home with friends this weekend: not only is it show-off worthy, it holds up to 14 bottles of your favorite wines (plus, all those wine glasses) so you can keep your friends topped off and happy all night long. Bonus: it’s extra-portable, too. Smooth-rolling castors make it easy to keep things moving when it’s time to relocate, update a room, or just bring the party a little closer, while easy-locking wheels keep things safe and secure.

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8. Walmart | Play Time!

Research proves that outdoor play is not only important for kids’ physical health, but can improve their performance in school, and support their emotional wellbeing to boot. Thankfully, the Backyard Discovery Tucson Cedar Wooden Swing Set can help bring health and happiness to both the kids in your life, and to your bank account. A sturdy seating area takes outdoor snacks and crafts where the action is, while an 8′ slide, trapeze bar, and rock wall (all safety tested and certified) serve as an exciting outlet for those pent-up wiggles. Even better: this playset boasts a quick a seamless setup. In as little as a day, this is a holiday gift that could transform any backyard into a lifetime of happy, childhood memories!

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9. Buffalo David Bitton | Take a Walk on the Dark Side

A pair of Evan X Basic Buffalo Jeans, David Bitton-style is just what the man in your life needs to bring in the holidays right. Offering a seductively slim fit in their ‘Dark and Authentic’ wash, these men’s jeans are 98% cotton with a lil’ bit of elastane thrown in for good measure. In addition to bearing the signature Buffalo patch, these jeans offer a fashion-forward combination of features, such as button fly and single button fastening. Striking stitching catches the eye throughout, including on the belt loops and pockets.

Black Friday is one of the best times of the year to find bargains on jewelry, appliances, electronics, and home goods. To make sure discounts on the perfect gift don’t pass you by, stay on top of the latest deals by downloading our Giving Assistant Button.

 

The Empower Bra Making a Difference for Breast Cancer Survivors

The Empower Bra Making a Difference for Breast Cancer Survivors

In the quest to create and support a healthy, active community that welcomes and benefits women and girls, Athleta is constantly improving their clothing line to meet the distinct needs of their customers.

Stressing the significance of movement, the company believes an active body has a healing effect on the mind and soul that’s empowering, which is why it was important for the brand to answer the call for a sports bra that satisfies the specific concerns of active, breast cancer warriors. By investing in the kind of technology that results in performance products truly in tune with the female body, Athleta’s post-mastectomy line and their latest Empower Bra demonstrates their unending commitment to uplifting all women.

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The design and merchandise teams at Athleta worked for over a year to develop a more accommodating option for breast cancer fighters that not only fit comfortably, but also exuded confidence and looked just as fabulous. Launched in October 2017, the first Empower Bra was revealed, a specially designed sports bra for women who have had a mastectomy.

With fully adjustable straps and removable cups that help create a custom fit, the bra blends comfort with fashionable functionality. Its overall construction and special features address unique concerns, such as changing breast size due to post-surgery swelling and the protection of healing incisions.

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Response to the first Empower Bra was overwhelmingly positive and prompted a lot of constructive, crowd-sourced feedback, which encouraged Athleta to expand the possibilities of their mastectomy-friendly bra line. The new, 2.0 version of the Empower Bra exchanges a racerback style with a two-strap, yoga-inspired design that aims to specifically ease the discomfort generally felt by women recovering from lymph node transfer surgery.

To remedy the heft and agitation often associated with medical prosthetics (especially during physical activity), Athleta also offers a more lightweight alternative with their Empower Pads – specially designed inserts that provide support and accommodate the Lotus Pose, treadmill-induced sweat, kickboxing class, triathlons, and even everyday wear. Available in a range of sizes, the $10 inserts wick away sweat and are washable.

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Athleta has also expanded the insert pocket in many of their sports bras, which increases the number of styles and features a woman wearing prosthetics, may consider. Empower Pad-friendly options include Athleta’s Run Free Bra line with asymmetrical straps that draw attention to the back; and the floral and botanical prints of the Hyper Focused Bra.

Not only does Athleta empower others through their post-mastectomy line, but the brand is also part of a unique community of business leaders holding the B Corp designation. Certified B Corporations run their operations for the good of the people and planet. They establish business practices and make decisions that thoughtfully take into consideration the global impact their company will have on the environment, suppliers, workers and their customers.

In addition to embracing water-saving techniques, 40% of fabrics used by Athleta to craft their clothing are made with sustainable fibers. The company also diverts 70% of their store packaging waste from landfills. Additionally, more than 2,500 workers have been empowered through fair trade and Athleta’s P.A.C.E. program, which provides women employed in their factories with the chance to develop their life skills; gain access to advanced education; and improve their financial security.  

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Shoppers can also make a difference with their Athleta purchases. In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness month, those who buy an Athleta Empower Bra can earn up to 8% cash back, which can then go towards a 1% to 100% cash back donation to a breast cancer nonprofit of their choice. A few to consider include the youth-focused Keep a Breast movement; Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer; and the New York City-based Breast Treatment Task Force. You can earn cash back, support a B Corp business, and donate to a good cause all at the same time – it’s a win-win-win for everyone.

Nonprofit Highlight: Drawn from Valor & The Power of Animation

Nonprofit Highlight: Drawn from Valor & The Power of Animation

This post is authored by Drawn from Valor, a partnered nonprofit. 

Let us paint a picture for you: Imagine that you have a child or a family member who has been displaying unusual health symptoms. You take them to the doctor and you wait for test results. You are anxious and scared because you just want to help them feel better. Then, you get the diagnosis. It’s Type 1 diabetes. Now, the doctor gives you a lot of information, all of which you apparently have to learn right now. It seems like a whole new language! How can anyone learn all of this? What if you make a mistake?

Enter Drawn from Valor. Drawn from Valor is a nonprofit animation studio that uses the power of animation to educate and empower children and families who are facing life changing physical or mental health issues. It’s our goal to help them live longer, happier, healthier lives by providing them with the resources they need to understand their conditions.

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WHAT HAVE WE DONE SO FAR?

Drawn from Valor’s first project, Kara and the (Not So) Dire Beastie was released in July 2018 as part of a new and innovative tool to help kids and their family members learn about Type 1 diabetes. The New Onset Diabetes Educator (NODE) contains an interactive eBook that tells the story of Kara, a young girl who has just been diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Through NODE, we follow Kara on an 8-episode animated journey of discovery as she learns to manage her condition. 

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Her adventures bring her into contact with new friends like Sir Rynge and the RedBlooded Knight who help her care for her pal, the Dire Beastie (a play on words for diabetes). The “Beastie” represents a cell in the body. He needs a special key, which stands in for insulin, to unlock his mouth so he can eat. Normally, he is a happy blue Beastie, roaming the kingdom eating “glueclose” (i.e., glucose). He becomes “Dire” when the keys go missing. At the end of the story, when Kara learns how to manage her diabetes, she realizes the Beastie is not so dire. Our hope is that children following along will feel the same way, will have learned the disease is manageable, and know they can live full, happy lives with Type 1 diabetes. You can learn more about Kara and her adventures here.

WHY ANIMATION AND WHY ARE WE EXCITED ABOUT GIVING ASSISTANT?

Studies have shown that children learn and understand material better and at a more rapid pace when it is presented in animated form. Additionally, because of their visual nature, animations are particularly well-suited for explaining topics and issues that may be hard to understand otherwise. They say a picture is worth a thousand words; one second of animation can literally be up to 30 pictures or more.

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Animation is very expensive to create. It costs us approximately $225 per second…or nearly $94,500 for a 7-minute episode. While the cost of producing animated videos is high, they can help countless people, and we offer the animations for free on our website and across social media

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) estimates that 40,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes annually. If each of those patients used Giving Assistant and raised $2.37 through their purchases, together they could fund an entire series!

WHAT IS NEXT FOR DRAWN FROM VALOR?

While we have several projects planned, we are currently focusing on The Tales of the Golden Acorn, a series of free animated short films being created to help educate and empower young people who are directly or indirectly impacted by trauma. The series focuses on the effects, issues, and strategies for living with trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in a family setting. 

While the subject matter is weighty and serious, the tales have been created specifically for young people – and are designed to bring the viewer on a journey of adventure and wonder as they learn.

Ultimately, the goal of Drawn from Valor is to empower families to transform their lives for the better regardless of the health challenges they may face. We hope that you’ll select us as your nonprofit of choice on Giving Assistant’s platform.