'Tis the season for giving back. And with good deeds being as easy as sending a text or doing a little shopping, everyone can make an impact. Here are five easy ways to give back to our community (and beyond) this holiday season.
1. Shop at The James Royal Palm
Everything in the James Royal Palm's Give: The Shop is either made from sustainable materials, supports artisans or small business owners, or benefits non-profits like UNICEF. Shop finds by Velvet by Graham & Spencer, TOMS, and Letarte Swim for the do-gooders on your gift list. 1545 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-604-5700
2. Give the Gift of Sight
Swing by the Warby Parker showroom at The Standard to shop the brand's selection of vintage-inspired frames while also helping to provide eye care and glasses to people in the developing world. Through partnerships with non-profits like VisionSpring, Warby Parker provides one pair of glasses to a person in need for every pair sold. Learn more here. 40 Island Ave., Miami Beach, 305-673-1717
3. Zoo Miami Stuffed Animal Adoption
Bring home a stuffed animal version of your favorite furry critter with Zoo Miami's Adopt in a Bag program. For $35, choose between a tiger or meerkat outfitted in an adorable Zoo Miami hoodie; funds help zookeepers feed and take care of the real-life versions of these wonderful creatures. Learn more here.
4. Drop Off a Toy at Sense Beach House
The SoFi hotel Sense Beach House will host its own holiday toy drive from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 17. Simply drop off an unwrapped toy for a child age 1 to 8 and it will be hand delivered to A.Y.U.D.A’s Happy Kids Childcare & School the next day. 400 Ocean Dr., Miami Beach, 305-538-5529
5. Send a Text to Support Miami Public Schools
Want to support public schools in Dade County? Send a donation via text with GlobalGiving’s charitable gift cards. Send “GIVE 15417” to 80088 to donate $10 to empower 500 K-12 students in Miami. The homegrown project raises donations up to $10,000 to help students in our public schools with a Junior Achievement program, encouraging entrepreneurial and literary skills. Learn more or donate a larger amount here.