14 Everyday Items You Could Be Purchasing That Help Others

14 Everyday Items You Could Be Purchasing That Help Others

Purchasing power at its best.
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Many people support companies such as TOMS because they not only make great shoes and sunglasses, they also give a pair of shoes to a child in need. So what if there were other everyday items that when you buy them for yourself, you are also helping others in need? Check out this list of fourteen items that you definitely want to invest in!

1. Glasses From Warby Parker

This company has "try before you buy" policy meaning that they will send you five pairs of glasses to try for a free trial period so you can choose which ones look best on you! For every pair purchased, a pair is distributed to someone in need of glasses.

2. Caps And Beanies From Love Your Melon

This company is run by college students and sells an array of beanies and cool-colored caps that are great for all ages, guys and girls! For everyone hat you purchase, a hat is given to a child with cancer!

3. A Comforter For Your Bed From The Company Store

For every comforter that you buy, this company donates one to a homeless child in America. They're super cute too!

4. The Most Comfortable Pants Ever From The Elephant Pants

For every pair of pants or leggings that you purchase, 10 percent of your total goes towards to the African Wildlife Foundation!

5. Waterbotles From S'well Bottle

Not only does this water bottle stay cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, for every bottle purchased, S'well plants a tree! S'well Bottles also help eliminate the waste of plastic bottles. On top of all of this, S'well has donated over $200,000 to help provide clean water to children in over 100 countries.

6. Snack Bars From 2 Degrees

2 Degrees is a company out to stop world hunger. Not only are their bars Vegan, Gluten Free, GMO Free, Kosher and made form all natural ingredients, for every pack of bars you buy, they donate a meal to hungry children.

7. Peanut Butter From Good Spread

Every house has at least one jar of Peanut Butter in it, why not skip the grocery store peanut butter and help children suffering from Acute Malnutrition? Good Spread gives children packets of RUTF (peanut butter filled with essential nutrients) to children all over the world. According to their website, with "just three servings of RUTF a day for 4-6 weeks, malnutrition has been eradicated in over 98 percent of children."

8. Rainboots From Roma

The goal of the people at Roma Rainboots is to "give poverty the boot" and their rainboots are doing just that. Not only are their rainboots adorable, when you buy a pair, they give a pair to a child in need. Roma also donates 10 percent of their sales to the Roma For All Foundation which helps end poverty. You might recognize these rainboots as ones modeled by Sadie Robertson!

9. Bracelets From Pura Vida

Pura Vida Bracelets help almost every charity you could possibly think of! From veterans to women with breast cancer, these bracelets are super cute and help tons of charities and organizations!

10. Comfy Tees From Serengetee

When two college students met on a semester at sea, they began to collect fabric from countries all over the world. These T-shirts, hats and bracelets support the artisans all over the world. They also give back 10 percent to several various grassroot causes. Co-founders Jeff and Ryan want everyone to know that "when you wear a Serengetee, you are truly wearing a piece of the world."

11. Dresses, Scarves And Bags From LemLem

All of these products are hand woven by women in Ethiopia and 5 percent of their profit goes to "support our sister non-profit organization, The Liya Kebede Foundation." This organization is working to help women with maternity, the top health concern of women in Africa. They train midwifes and mothers to make sure that childbirth is safe for the women. All 100 percent cotton, this clothing is gorgeous and it helps those in need.

13. Books From Better World Books

Whether textbooks, summer reads or children's books, this organization is helping people of all ages to have access to the books they need. They have library programs as well as campus aids that help college students who cannot afford their textbooks. Whether you have a book laying around you don't read or are in need of a textbook, supporting this website helps many all across the United States!

14. Dental Hygiene Products From Smile Squared

For every toothbrush that you buy, Smile Squared donates one to a child in need. They have distributed toothbrushes in all 50 states and 24 countries and counting. Dental hygiene is something that millions of children all over the world lack and this company is helping fix that with every toothbrush you purchase!

Whether it is helping a child with cancer or women in Africa, you can help change the world by simply choosing to purchase these products over a product that does not. It is so important to be aware of what is out there because these small steps can really make a big difference!

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To The Friends I Won't Talk To After High School

I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.
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Hey,

So, for the last four years I’ve seen you almost everyday. I’ve learned about your annoying little brother, your dogs and your crazy weekend stories. I’ve seen you rock the awful freshman year fashion, date, attend homecoming, study for AP tests, and get accepted into college.

Thank you for asking me about my day, filling me in on your boy drama and giving me the World History homework. Thank you for complimenting my outfits, laughing at me presenting in class and listening to me complain about my parents. Thank you for sending me your Quizlets and being excited for my accomplishments- every single one of them. I appreciate it all because I know that soon I won’t really see you again. And that makes me sad. I’ll no longer see your face every Monday morning, wave hello to you in the hallways or eat lunch with you ever again. We won't live in the same city and sooner or later you might even forget my name.

We didn’t hang out after school but none the less you impacted me in a huge way. You supported my passions, stood up for me and made me laugh. You gave me advice on life the way you saw it and you didn’t have to but you did. I think maybe in just the smallest way, you influenced me. You made me believe that there’s lots of good people in this world that are nice just because they can be. You were real with me and that's all I can really ask for. We were never in the same friend group or got together on the weekends but you were still a good friend to me. You saw me grow up before your eyes and watched me walk into class late with Starbucks every day. I think people like you don’t get enough credit because I might not talk to you after high school but you are still so important to me. So thanks.

With that said, I truly hope that our paths cross one day in the future. You can tell me about how your brothers doing or how you regret the college you picked. Or maybe one day I’ll see you in the grocery store with a ring on your finger and I’ll be so happy you finally got what you deserved so many guys ago.

And if we ever do cross paths, I sincerely hope you became everything you wanted to be. I hope you traveled to Italy, got your dream job and found the love of your life. I hope you have beautiful children and a fluffy dog named Charlie. I hope you found success in love before wealth and I hope you depended on yourself for happiness before anything else. I hope you visited your mom in college and I hope you hugged your little sister every chance you got. She’s in high school now and you always tell her how that was the time of your life. I sincerely hope, every great quality I saw in you, was imprinted on the world.

And hey, maybe I’ll see you at the reunion and maybe just maybe you’ll remember my face. If so, I’d like to catch up, coffee?

Sincerely,

Me

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A Saturday In The Life Of A Freshman

Welcome to Darty Season

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Have you ever had a more stereotypical freshman's Saturday than my friends Maddie, Lauren, Jocelyn, Meg, Barbara, and I? Keep reading to see a packed day in darty season from a freshman's point of view.

9:00 am

My alarm that I meant to set for the day before goes off. I begrudgingly roll over, and turn it off, falling back asleep.

10:00 am

I finally wake up, roll, or jump, out of my lofted bed, grab my laptop, and do a little studying for my exam on Monday -- there's no time for that later today, so I've gotta get some of it done then.

10:30 am

Shower. Pick an outfit. Brush teeth. Makeup. Pack a bag of extra clothes.

12:00 pm

I walked downstairs to the lobby to meet two of my friends who were gonna walk with me to Tutweiler Hall.

12:30 pm

My friends and I at the fundraising event

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We arrived at Tut, met our friends, then left to go to a philantropy event at Sig Tau sponsored by B+, an organization that assists the families of children diagnosed with cancer. Their burgers and fries were top notch.

2:30 pm

The Hackberrys, a band comprised of UA students, played the event. We left to go back to Tut after a few songs.

3:00 pm

We finally got back at Tut, changed clothes, listened to music, hung out.

3:45 pm

We *finally* left for Pike (sorry mom!). You know how long it takes five girls to get ready, so don't act so shocked.

4:10 pm

Myself, super escstatic about having to wait in a mob of people to get in

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Have you ever arrived to a frat when it's at capacity? Yeah, around 100 screaming girls were shoving to get into the darty. It was an experience like no other, but eventually, we made our way in. It may have been in groups of two, and we definitely lost a girl to the crowd (she's fine!), but we made it.

6:30 pm

After dancing on an elevated surface or two, walking in circles around their courtyard, watching an active climb into a basketball goal, and waiting in a way-too-long line for the restroom, we decided to go back to Tut.

6:45 pm

We definitely made a stop to grab a snack or two on our way back to Tut.

7:15 pm

After realizing that none of the parties at night were gonna start until around 10 pm, we decided to watch some random YouTube videos and Netflix to pass the time. There was also another stop for snacks at the infamous Julia's on the first floor of Tut.

9:30 pm

My third outfit change of the day. We decided to leave Tut for frat row for the third time that day, too. I wanna say my total steps for the day was around 17,000? It was a lot.

10:00 pm

Best view in the house (Myself on the left, Maddie on the right)

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We got to Sigma Pi as the party was just starting to build up. Their band room was filled within the hour, and they had a pretty good DJ. Although the active yelling at me and my friend to get off the stage was no fun.

11:00 pm

Have you ever faked out a frat boy with a soccer ball? Well, now I can say I have.

12:00 am

After someone pulled the fire alarm on Sigma Pi, we decided to walk back to Tut.

12:45 am

My two Ragecrest friends and I decided to take the bus back because, after the stretch to and from frat row three times, we had no more walking left in us.

1:00 am

Canes chicken tenders. Enough said. It's the way to end a night.

It was a very packed, but very fun and eventful day. We pretty much hit all the spring semester stereotypes: walking along and to frat row, going to a darty, going to a frat party, going to a philanthropy event, and more. As crazy as the day was, I highly recommend trying a day like this once because you won't forget it!

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