Friday, November 16, 2012

Light Gives Heat

Growing up, I remember Mom "sponsored" a less fortunate child in a third world country. Remember those commercials - a host with a soothing voice showing heart-wrenching photos of hungry children with the familiar plea of "for less than a dollar a day, you can save a child's life." It was the 90s version of the SPCA commercials set against Sarah McLaughlin's "Arms Of An Angel." How could one resist?

I don't remember how long we sponsored this child. Realistically, it probably wasn't for very long. But I remember getting photographs of the little girl, and I remember feeling a sense of charity that made me feel good (even though, as a child, it obviously wasn't my money going to support this girl).

Although I'm officially a "grown-up" now, I'm not in a place financially where I can afford $30/mo to support those less-fortunate than I am. That's why I'm so interested in the mission behind Light Gives Heat. They have an amazing mission, AND they are actually creating jobs in these less-fortunate countries. Their mission is simple: Empowering Africans through the encouragement of economic sustainability and creative endeavors. Motivating people in the west to "be the change they want to see in the world."

PLUS. The product they create is beautiful!

I first heard of Light Gives Heat when I received a beautiful necklace as a Christmas present. Since then, I've bought something every year as a gift for someone. It's beautiful AND it all goes back to a great cause. I love that there's a story behind each piece, and included is the story of the woman who MADE the piece as well.

I may not be able to afford much in the ways of charity and giving back (yet), but with Light Gives Heat , I can buy something practical AND charitable. Check out the full story at

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