Lots of local nonprofits offer ways to give and give back. Here are a few of our faves.
South Boston's ARTISTS FOR HUMANITY provides mentorships and paid jobs to under-resourced teens, a talented crew who turn out one-of-a-kind, sustainably made tables and stools, art prints and greeting cards, graphic tees, a brand-new jewelry line, and more. Their creations are sold online and at their new Faneuil Hall store, designed by the teens themselves. Or you can check out their stuff at the Greatest Gifts on Earth, a holiday sale and party at AFH HQ on December 12. Find deets at afhboston.org.
Make your favorite bibliophile all misty with a donation to the BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION. A gift made via 732.thankyou4caring.org/holidaygiving this December allows you to get a new library book dedicated with a custom bookplate in your recipient's name, plus a card to notify him or her. Want something more tangible? They've got neat prints and other merch for sale too; learn more at bpl.org/foundation/retail.
Pick up a gift for your animal-loving — or four-legged — buddy at the MSPCA's annual gift and bake sale, Homeless for the Holidays. Sad name, but a good cause: proceeds benefit the BOSTON ANIMAL CARE AND ADOPTION CENTER. Score toys, leashes, and other accessories from the likes of Fish & Bone, wreaths from Celebrated Flower, baked goods for both man and man's best friend, and more from December 13 to 16. Find out more at mspca.org.
Still at a loss? You can always find a special secondhand something at one of the four locations of Boomerangs, all owned and operated by AIDS ACTION COMMITTEE. Browse the well-curated selection of pre-loved clothing, books, and bric-a-brac, and know that your purchase supports New England's largest AIDS service organization. Find your nearest outpost at action.aac.org.
: Lifestyle Features
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