Have you heard of Sevenly? They feature a different charity each week and every item sold donates $7 to a charity, and they also sell series of t-shirts that benefit other charities.
If you're still looking for a gift idea (or stuffing your own stocking), put this shirt on your list (or feel free to buy it for me, hint, hint):
The sale of this shirt benefits Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep--an organization that provides professional photography for parents who have lost a newborn. (Sidenote: my friend Brandy nominated NILMDTS for a Jolly Time Popcorn Kernels of Kindness prize and they won!)
We had Eliza's pictures taken by NILMDTS even though I thought maybe I didn't want them. Our nurse Stephanie was basically like, "You think you don't, but really you do" and I'm so grateful to her for encouraging us to have them taken. Those photos hurt my heart and fill it up at the same time. I can hardly bear to look at them, and yet they would be one of the first material items I would save if my house were on fire. They honored her and I will always be grateful for that, no matter how traumatic and painful things were, she was still our baby girl and they made her feel real and meaningful.
Before Eliza, I would have said that taking pictures of dead babies is morbid or something, but before Eliza, I was an idiot who had no idea what it was like to lose a baby.
NILMDTS is an act of generosity and love in the most unimaginable circumstances. It's an all-volunteer organization and photographers are on call to go to hospitals and give parents who will leave with empty arms something to hold onto.
I like this shirt, too (also benefits NILMDTS):
Each year we make a donation in memory of Eliza to a different charity. I never plan or know ahead of time what it will be, but there is always a particular issue that speaks to my heart right around her birthday. The first year we donated to the project a friend of mine was organizing through the Peace Corps. The next year it was Living Water International. Last year we made a microloan through Kiva. This year, on what should be her fourth birthday, we'll donate to Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.
Do you have a favorite organization that gets a donation in memory or honor of someone each year? Name your charity and link in the comments. I'd love to check it out.