It’s November 10. I haven’t bought A SINGLE present. Now that may not seem like a big deal, but we have four kids and a sprawling extended family. And while I like to think that we don’t go overboard, it is still a daunting task. This time last year, I was almost done. SO. Why the unorganized confession? Two reasons: First, if you are like me and are nowhere near done, you still have lots of time to shop with purpose this season! And second, our family is passionate about putting our actual money where our mouth is when it comes time to shop and give this holiday shopping season.
Our goal is to teach our children to love the giving more than the receiving, and to be thoughtful and aware of how and what we purchase affects everyone from the factory worker to the cashier who has been on their feet for 12 hours. Our dollars have impact, both good and bad, and our young ones need to know!
Three ways to give this holiday shopping season!
So here are THREE ways you can use your money to serve your community, potentially help save lives, and help our most vulnerable populations … all with your holiday shopping!
AMAZON SMILE!! Listen, I’ll never pass up a chance to shop local and ethically made goods when I can, but the reality of our life means I am clicking away on Amazon more often than not. So I shop Amazon Smile and One with the Water gets a portion of what I buy. “When customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.” Cyber Monday is fast approaching so there is no time to waste.
Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at smile.amazon.com/ch/45-3172555 and Amazon donates to One With The Water.
DONATE. We are consumed by stuff. Current trends (like the Konmarie method and Swedish Death Cleaning) are to downsize, shed our things and live with purpose and meaning, unencumbered by too many belongings. One of the things we like to do in our family is donate in loved ones’ names to our favorite nonprofits, to people who are changing the world and the lives of people in it. You can do that this holiday shopping season! (And avoid the lines, I’m just saying!)
Just $60 can help teach a child to swim. Feeling generous? $275 gives a child with special needs a full month of semi-private swim lessons and an individualized swim plan. But truthfully, every dollar amount, no matter how big or how small, goes directly to providing lifesaving swim lessons.
GIVE CONFIDENCE AND SUCCESS. Consider the gift of swim lessons for children, grandchildren, godchildren, nieces, nephews and more. Not only are you giving your loved ones the gift of safety, confidence, and success in the water, you help us fulfill our mission of giving everyone access to the lifesaving skill of swimming, especially those who lack the traditional resources to learn. Contact us to learn how you cam purchase gift certificates for your loved ones this holiday season.
We are incredibly thankful for the kind, loving, and generous people that populate our world. Our One with the Water family is no exception. Much love to you and yours as we approach this time of generosity, reflection, and celebration. May it be with the ones you hold dear, by blood or by choice.
~From all of us at One with the Water.
Molly is a member of our creative team, mom of four water-loving babies, and a fierce advocate for CPR training and really early swim instruction.