Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Christmas Giving

You may have noticed that on everyone of our ball bands or patterns, right below the little Sheepy logo it says "at least 5% of Unique Sheep's profits are donated to charity". Did you ever wonder what we meant about that? Of course we have our Yarns and Patterns for a Cause Collections, but thats different. At the end of the year, when we do all our financial paper work and figure out how we did for the year, we donate at least 5% of our net profits for the year to one or two charities that we personally feel are worthy. We haven't made up our minds yet about where we want our money to go this year-- there are so many great causes out there. 

I know we aren't the only ones who give a little more around the holidays. What charities do you donate to (or wish you had the resources to donate to)? 


Eileen said...

I'm thrilled to hear that you give such a grand percentage to charity! Now I won't feel guilty about buying yarn with what little we have left over. We do manage to donate, but not as much as we'd like. We've also been experimenting with ways to give donations as Christmas gifts. It's not easy being a socially-conscious knitter in a family that mainly appreciates store-bought gifts!

Two of our favorites are Heifer International and Global Exchange. Oxfam is also very efficient with their funds, which means a lot. Heifer even has a "knitting basket" option to give families the opportunity to provide for themselves with sheep and llamas . . . how appropriate!

Lynn McManus said...

Four of my friends and I used to spend a fair amount of money on each other for Christmas but we finally gave in to the reality that none of us need anything. For the past several years we have adopted a family for Christmas and spend that money and maybe more on the family.

We make a night of it, doing the shopping and then going to dinner. None of us have children, the nieces and nephews are adults now and I'm the only woman in the group, so the shopping is sometimes a bit challenging. This year we involved nearly everyone in the store helping us figure out sizing and what kids like these days.

I stood firm on a pair of red velvet shoes for the 3 year old. I have confidence that red shoes are the one thing that little girls have continued to lust after since I was that age.

This is one Christmas tradition that I'm very happy to have.