Make a Purchase With a Purpose

The sale of each of these products benefits a different cause, making them perfect for holiday gifts or for pampering yourself while knowing you’re doing some good.




Photos by Laura Petrilla

 

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The Giving Keys (Classic XL Pendant, $40.95) are designed so that buyers can request an engraved personalized message to pass on inspiration. Employees benefit through working at the company while seeking to transition out of homelessness.  (Gifted Hands, 3000 Village Run Road, Suite 105, Pine Township, 724/934-2224; 721 Providence Blvd., McCandless Township, 412/367-5760, giftedhandsgifts.com)
 

This Sari Motif Pillow ($39.99) is the handiwork of women in Bangladesh who have broken away from the sex trade and now make their living as artisans.  (Ten Thousand Villages, 5820 Forbes Ave., Squirrel Hill; 412/421-2160, tenthousandvillages.com)
 

A percentage of sales from each of the Chavez for Charity bracelets ($12.99 each) benefits a different cause depending on the bracelet's color. Blue stands for water.org, which helps communities develop sustainable water supply systems; red stands for V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls; and yellow represents Alex's Lemonade Stand, working to raise money to fight childhood cancer.  (Journeys of Life, 810 Bellefonte St., Shadyside; 412/681-8755, journeysoflife.com)
 

Each motif in the Plates with Purpose line at locally founded Riverside Design Group supports the cause of a local nonprofit organization. Proceeds from the Butterfly Plate ($40 for 9” square butterfly plate, $48 for 11” square gold plate) benefit Forbes Hospice.  (Contemporary Concepts, 6343 Penn Ave., East Liberty, 412/345-7466; 1701 Duncan Ave., Hampton Township, 412/635-0122, contemporaryconcepts.com, riversidedesigns.com)
 


photo courtesy studebaker metals
 

Studebaker Metals in Braddock supports the Braddock Youth Project through the sale of its Braddock Cuff ($58-$128), available in solid American brass, sterling silver or pure copper.  (534 Braddock Ave.; 412/852-4733, studebakermetals.com)
 

Pittsburgh-based company Local Goodness has created the Seeds of Hope line from its POWER Collection, which supports women reclaiming their lives after struggling with addiction. This large pendant ($150) and matching earrings ($150) were crafted by Caesar Azzam of Caesar’s Designs Fine Jewelry Creations in Shadyside and inspired by the seeds of a sunflower.  (Caesar’s Designs Fine Jewelry Creations, 5413 Walnut St., Shadyside (and 733 Washington Road, Mt. Lebanon, by appointment); 412/621-0345, caesarsdesigns.com; localgoodness.com)
 

Thread supports jobs in Haiti and Honduras by employing local people to collect trash and recycle it into fabric; Thread’s T-shirts are made from 50 percent post-consumer plastic bottles collected in those countries and 50 percent U.S.-grown cotton. Fifteen percent of sales from this eco-friendly Rock the Vote T-shirt by Kenneth Cole New York ($39) benefits the Rock the Vote nonprofit organization, which aims to build the political power of young people.  (Thread, 124 S. Highland Ave., Suite 210, East Liberty; threadinternational.com)
 

This colorful hand-embroidered clutch ($15) was made by women in Vietnam and is certified fair-trade, ensuring the crafters get a fair wage for their work. (Global Girl Gifts, 649 Elm St., Bridgeville; 412/251-2443, facebook.com/globalgirlgifts)
 

Daniel Childs of Eyetique last year launched his own line, Chromos Eyewear, as well as nonprofit organization Chromos Cares. For every pair of eyeglasses sold (prices vary), Chromos provides a free pair of glasses to a student in need from Pittsburgh Public Schools.  (5166 Butler St., Lawrenceville; 412/772-1473, chromoseyewear.com)
 

 

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