The love you send out into the world will come back to you ten-fold.
A portion of every grace + hudson purchase is donated to charity. Every purchase, every day. Giving back to others is one way we can nurture our own souls, and I wanted to build a business with some soul. Try it - the next time you are feeling down and out, give a smile to a stranger who looks like they need one, or buy coffee for the person behind you in line at the coffee shop. I promise you, it'll instantly attract more loving, positive energy your way. A new charity will be selected every 6 months because I believe we should spread love far and wide!
From now through March 31, 2019, g+h will donate proceeds to All Hands And Hearts (www.allhandsandhearts.org). All Hands And Hearts was co-founded by model Petra Nemcova, and the idea was born after the devastating tsunami in 2004 which hit Indonesia, Thailand, and other surrounding countries. Their mission is to provide immediate on-the-ground assistance following a major natural disaster, and help rebuild homes and schools over the long term. I'm particularly in love with their focus on rebuilding schools so that children can resume some sense of normalcy after the disaster.
I learned about this organization through my recent trip to St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, which was hit incredibly hard by Hurricanes Irma and Maria last year. What I didn't know is that much disaster relief depends not on the government, but on private citizens and volunteers who roll up their sleeves and raise recovery funds. In fact, the privatized recovery effort on St. John is being called by some the new model for disaster recovery because federal dollars are just too slow and often insufficient to fully repair the damage done.
All Hands And Hearts is currently active in places like St. John, St. Thomas, Puerto Rico, and Texas due to Hurricanes Irma and Maria; Indonesia after this past August's massive earthquake; and places in North and South Carolina flooded by Hurricane Florence. You can view their website for a full listing of their projects and locations.
Since many of their programs are in warm climates, they've become a popular organization for an Alternative Spring Break, the phrase that was coined for a spring break dedicated to traveling to a place where you can volunteer all or part of your stay. For example, All Hands And Hearts provides free accommodations for those volunteering. Next time you're planning a vacation, you might want to consider linking up with this great organization.
Donations will be made to All Hands And Hearts from grace + hudson purchases made between October 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.
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