GREAT GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK

Gifts that give back to our local community as well as warm the hearts of the recipients.  What could be better than that?

“No Rules, Just Write” book from Big Brothers Big Sisters

The book is a collaborative effort between Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties, Words! book store, and Story Tellers of Asbury Park created to share a vision of helping children discover the power of their own voice, through writing.  From the beginning, there were no restrictions or limitations.  Each young writer was encouraged to creatively express themselves in whatever way they chose.

A collection of short stories, poems, flash fiction and drawings, “No Rules, Just Writing” (pictured below) is available at the Big Brothers offices on Mattison Avenue.

"No Rules, Just Write" book from Big Brothers Big Sisters features the writings of local youth.

“No Rules, Just Write” book from Big Brothers Big Sisters features the writings of local youth.

“Carpenter’s Gift” book from Habitat for Humanity International

Did you know that after the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree wow’s millions of New York City visitors each holiday, the tree is donated to Habitat for Humanity and then milled to build simple, affordable housing?

“The Carpenter’s Gift” – a beautifully illustrated children’s book from Habitat for Humanity International – is the story of a young boy in Depression-era New York who wishes for a decent home for his family.  Family, friendship, and the spirit of giving are at the heart of this inspiring picture book that shares a lesson about the importance of helping our neighbors.

Coastal Habitat for Humanity’s Spring Lake Heights offices as well as it’s ReStore resale store in Asbury Park is selling “The Carpenter’s Gift” (pictured below).  Proceeds from the sale of the book stay local and will help repair our community post-Sandy.  “Carpenter’s Gift” is $20 at the ReStore and the organization’s office in Spring Lake.

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The story of the Rockefeller Center holiday tree from Habitat for Humanity.

Found My Animal Dog Collar and Leash

Found My Animal leashes (pictured below) are handmade in New York City by professional New England rope-makers.  Each rope leash is hand-spliced to withstand thousands of pounds of pull.  The ends of the leash are then “whipped” (an old nautical term) for additional durability.

The leashes, for sale online, feature sold brass, marine grade hardware and can be used in three ways:  hand-held leash, around-the-waist belt leash and over shoulder and chest leash.

For the second yearFound My Animal has been named by The Coaster as a “great gift that gives back.”  Proceeds from this women-led business support local and national animal shelters.

Pictured is - hands down - the best leash ever.  Beyond being beautiful, five years later Truman's leash still looks brand new.

Pictured is – hands down – the best leash ever. Beyond being beautiful, five years later Truman’s leash still looks brand new.  And it’s a gift that gives back to shelter animals.

…And more

Consider tickets to one of the great production companies in our area including ReVision and Premier Theater Co.  Or what about making your friend a financial “friend” of the Monmouth County Arts Council, ArtsCAP or SICA?

If you your circumstances do not allow you to adopt a companion animal, please consider sponsoring a pet at the Wag on Inn Rescue, Rescue Ridge, Humane Society or SPCA.

Most charities have “wish lists” of items they need for their mission.  Instead of buying a throw for your aunt, what about donating a blanket for a cold dog on behalf of your aunt?

Richard@TheBPlot.com

GIVE THE GIFT OF EVERYTHING LOCAL.  SUBSCRIBE TO THE COASTER.

GIVE THE GIFT OF EVERYTHING LOCAL. SUBSCRIBE TO THE COASTER.

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