Any time of year is a great time to give back and show how much you care. But as we all know, getting caught up in the rush of our day-to-day responsibilities can deter any number of good intentions – and next thing you know, it’s the holiday season and someone’s ringing a bell outside every store.
Thankfully, there are plenty of “set it and forget it” solutions to ensure you can give back to your community – or loved ones – each and every month. And with the International Day of Charity approaching in September, there’s no better time to do good! Below, we’ve rounded up some small businesses designed to help people do good and give back all year round.
The idea behind Cratejoy seller Give Love came out of the simple, everyday observance of homelessness. “There are people in the world who struggle each day to meet their basic needs,” founder Kyle points out. And while you may want to give back to those who need help, you may not have anything to offer (such as spare change) at the time you encounter someone in need in your community.
Give Love resolves that problem by shipping four care packages each month – or quarter, depending on your preference – straight to your door. Subscribers who select the monthly option will receive enough packages to help the homeless every single week. “You don't have to be a career philanthropist or a serial volunteer to discover the magic of giving,” Kyle says. “It can start with as little as a simple act of kindness.”
As he notes, Give Love is “the first subscription box to empower transformative giving on a personal level.” Each care kit included in Give Love’s boxes is thoughtfully put together to contain product types most in need by people in these circumstances, like toothbrushes and other basic hygiene products, first aid items, warm socks, healthy snacks, and more. In addition, Kyle’s team assembles every monthly kit with seasonal weather conditions in mind. Give Love focuses on meeting the very real, logistical needs of the homeless community, so you can ensure you’re making the most effective, helpful impact on a person-to-person level.
You can give back to your local community with Give Love here.
Care package subscription InJoyBox grew out of illness: founder Jamie’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. Thankfully, Jamie’s mother is doing well now, but the experience changed her perspective. “It was amazing to watch the way so many people encouraged and supported her through her journey of healing,” Jamie says. Seeing how her mother’s church community, friends, and family supported her as she went through the process to get better, “I realized that unfortunately, not everyone has that kind of support.”
InJoyBox was founded to help subscribers support their loved ones when words aren’t enough. “Oftentimes when people we care about are going through a difficult time, we don't know what to do or say,” Jamie explains. “Or we are there in the beginning, but become busy with our own lives and forget that our loved one is still walking a really difficult road. InJoyBox provides an easy way for others to provide encouragement to those in their lives who are going through a difficult time.”
Because the mission of InJoyBox is based on individual support and giving, every box they ship is individually personalized for your loved one, with one monogrammed item and a specially handwritten note of encouragement from the InJoyBox team. What’s more, new subscribers “are given the option to answer survey questions, allowing us, when possible, to personalize each box even more.” And as a Christian company, the InJoyBox team prays over each and every box before shipping.
You can offer support to your loved ones, whether you live down the street or across the country, here.
Good Vibe Scribe
The founders behind new subscription box Good Vibe Scribe met in a time of tragedy. In their day jobs as insurance adjusters, Amanda and Christina first met during a relocation deployment after Hurricane Harvey, helping residents of the Gulf rebuild what they had lost. A year later, when Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina, Amanda and Christina were relocated to work together again and help the area recover. In the interim, their friendship had grown, and after working to help Florence survivors, the pair had the idea for Good Vibe Scribe.
“We are on a mission to spread good vibes and positivity around the world,” Amanda says. In addition to their important work as adjusters, “As both mothers and wives, we understand the busy, sometimes hectic lives that women live.” From day to day, it was difficult to squeeze in self-care, but crucial to do so. The answer? Good Vibe Scribe, which could streamline self-care – and remind women of self-care’s importance – by sending goods to help you relax, stay mindful, and live your best life straight to your doorstep. “We try each product so we know we are sending quality products to subscribers,” Amanda and Christina explain. They curate every box to focus on small, independent businesses, so you have clarity on how your dollars support hardworking artisans and makers.
But that’s not the only way you can support the wider community through subscribing. “As our friendship began because of a hurricane,” Amanda says, “and helping people recover from natural disasters is very near and dear to our hearts, we have committed to donating a portion of our proceeds to disaster relief funds every month.” It’s one simple way to support communities in need – at the very time they need help most.
You can help support disaster relief across the country here.