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A Thanksgiving Message from GOOD

Here at GOOD HQ, we are very grateful for the opportunity we have to work for you. You, the members who bring so much energy and inspiration to each other every day.

Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays. There's the food, and the family, and the friends. And that is awesome. But there is also a grand serving of perspective that comes with thinking about what one is grateful for. And that is the most beautiful thing.

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Alternative Gift Guide: Gifts That Make a Social Impact

Designed Good's gift options that are making a sustainable difference, both in the U.S. and abroad

This December, there’s more impact to be had than slowly making a dent cleaning up the holiday debris of wrapping paper and gingerbread cookie crumbs. At Designed Good, we’ve focused on finding products with a story about social good—and in our own journey to curate these products, we’ve found some other gift options that are making a sustainable difference, both in the U.S. and abroad. That is, they’re designing and manufacturing products in a way that makes sense for lasting development and change. Here's a list of our favorites:

Apolis Global Citizen Garden Bag
Apolis is a purpose-filled social enterprise in Los Angeles that is committed to sustainable supply chains—they co-create every product with manufacturers; they have empowered people in the U.S., Bangladesh, Uganda, and Peru by spurring microeconomic development and investing in people.

This reusable garden bag isn’t only a fresh take on the plastic bag alternative, but also a typical example of Apolis’s global mission. Each bag is handcrafted by a cooperative of women artisans in Bangladesh before being completely finished in California, within 10 miles of the Apolis office.

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Traveling the Speed of Santa Himself: Holiday Time in Los Angeles

I quickly learned that Christmas morning told a different traffic story. The 110 South was almost entirely clear.

Our son opened his presents Christmas morning. His bounty included Connect Four, in a hideous Spongebob edition, and a lousy Star Wars Lego set. He already had both these things. I hated them and didn’t want doubles, so I decided to commit an act of Christmas charity and give them away, that day. A quick research jog online found a home in Silverlake for kids whose parents have AIDS. I promised my wife I’d back in time to help her make dinner (and, more importantly, to watch the Suns-Lakers game), and took off.

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Host a ‘Secret Sandy’ to Help Those Affected by the Hurricane this Holiday Season

Really, do you need another scented candle when there are thousands of people still trying to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Sandy? In...

Really, do you need another scented candle when there are thousands of people still trying to rebuild their lives after Hurricane Sandy? In lieu of a traditional gift exchange, host your own “Secret Sandy” gift swap in your office or with your family this year. Just follow this DIY guide to get started, and choose from these different “gift” options:\n
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How to Make the Most of Your Holiday Giving

This holiday season, we decided to list several of the charity initiatives that have sparked our interest.

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Intermission: Peep Show (The Candy Kind)

The Washington Post is highlighting some of its favorite submissions of dioramas made out of Peep candies.

For six years, The Washington Post has hosted a Peep Diorama Contest, receiving thousands of submissions of famous historical or cultural scenes made entirely out of Peep marshmallow candies. The deadline for 2012 submissions is later today, so the paper is highlighting their favorite submissions from past years for last-minute inspiration. Although the finalists and semi-finalists selected must be from D.C., Maryland, or Virginia, anyone can enter. Who knew leftover Easter candy could be so fun?

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