Gifts that Give Back

This post is a part of our Orphan Awareness Month series in November 2014 to advocate, educate, and spark discussion about topics relating to adoption and orphan care.  To check out the other posts in the OAM series, click here.


This next week is all about shopping … Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday … it is everywhere!  This year, when you are searching for stocking stuffers and perfect gifts, why not use your dollars to make a difference at the same time?

The following is a list of products that would make great gifts and also support orphan care and adoption!  We have also included a list of ministries and organizations that work with or support orphans all around the world, if you are looking for a way to give back directly.

By the way, there are TONS more ways to give back through your shopping, so do a little research before hitting the stores or online shops this season and make a difference in the lives of orphans.  Plus, when your loved one opens their gift, you’ll be able to share with them how their gift is touching a life somewhere around the world.

This year, commit to buying gifts that give back!


Businesses Supporting Adoption & Orphan Care

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  • CommonThreadz – Fashion t-shirts featuring drawings by orphan children; proceeds used to provide food, shelter, and education for orphaned childrencommonthreadz3.jpg
  • Ornaments4Orphans – Ornaments, nativities, jewelry & household items; proceeds support orphans in Uganda
  • Orphan Card Store – Greeting cards featuring the artwork of Russian orphans; proceeds fund summer camps for Russian orphans as well as orphan birthday programscard
  • Kicheko – Jewelry, scarves and other fashion accessories; proceeds support education opportunities for children in the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • 100cameras – Photography taken by orphans and children living in poverty; proceeds support local orphan care organizations from the children’s home country100cameras
  • Every Orphan’s Hope – T-shirts, bracelets, bags; proceeds benefit ministries working with orphans in Zambia
  • Erbaorganics – Organic bath products for pregnant mothers and new babies;portion of proceeds donated to the World Wide Orphans Foundation
  • erba_organics_doing_good_feels_goodEtsy Adoption Shops – Just some of the many shops on Etsy supporting adoptive families and orphan care ministries
  • The Orphaned Earring – Collects donated “orphaned” earrings and unwanted jewelry and remakes them into bracelets featuring an orphaned earring to represent an orphaned child; supports Latin American orphanages the orphaned earring


Give to Orphan Care/Adoption Organizations & Ministries

  • 147 Million Orphans – Ministry working with orphans worldwide
  • Show Hope – Grants for adoptive families
  • JSC Foundation – Grants for adoptive families (they gave us a grant!)
  • The Lydia Fund – Grants for adoptive families (they gave us a grant!)
  • Lifesong for Orphans – Grants and loans for adoptive families
  • Reese’s Rainbow – Supports adoptions of special needs children, particularly children with Down Syndrome
  • iCareAboutOrphans – Ministry of Focus on the Family that promotes orphan awareness and finding homes for children waiting in the foster care system


Give Back While You Shop – Amazon Smile

This one is a no-brainer, so take a quick sec and set it up on your Amazon account before you do your Christmas shopping!  Amazon Smile partners Amazon with tons and tons of charity organizations and non-profits.  All you have to do is pick an organization and start shopping!  You don’t have to buy anything special or shop any differently.  As soon as you have chosen a charity, Amazon will donate a percentage of your Amazon purchases to the charity you chose!

Here’s how:

  1. Go to
  2. Choose a charity
  3. Start shopping!

You’ll know it is working when you start shopping and see this at the top-left corner of your Amazon webpage:

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You can switch between charities at any time by clicking “Supporting” next the the name of the charity.  Here are some suggestions of awesome adoption/orphan care organizations that partner with Amazon Smile:

  • Christian Alliance for Orphans
  • Lifesong for Orphans
  • 147 Million Orphans Foundation
  • Show Hope
  • About A Child (our agency!)
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