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Thursday, December 24, 2009
THE BODY SHOP’S CHARITABLE INITIATIVE & KARL LAGERFELD’S DOLL FOR THE CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY FOUNDATION
A few days ago, we had a discussion with a fellow blogger about the slippery nature of charity. Our conclusion – charity is not “real” if it’s “a force”.
Smack in the middle of the “giving season” we’re inundated with reminders of giving and pleas from every charitable organization we’ve ever contributed to and some we’ve never heard of.
BELOW, 2 CHARITY INITIATIVES WE CAN GET BEHIND
#1: THE BODY SHOP – the SOMALY MAM initiative.
WHEN & WHERE: THE WEEKEND BEFORE XMAS @ The Simon Brothers’ Danbury Mall, Fairfield County, CT
In a rush to get a Starbucks latte, we initially passed it, but then doubled-back to see what was taking place at The Body Shop. Why so packed? We took 30 seconds to listen to the promo the aproned sales associate explained to us – in a very low-key/non-threatening way.
THE CHARITY INITIATIVE FOR THE SOMALY MAM FOUNDATION
Somaly is a sexual slavery survivor who started this foundation that supports rescue, shelter and rehabilitation programs across South East Asia. The Foundation runs global awareness and advocacy campaigns and focuses on getting the public and governments involved in the fight to abolish slavery.
After hearing this and the STAT - # OF WOMEN & CHILDREN SOLD PER YEAR: Over one million - we walked in and spent $20.
WHAT TO BUY: Choose from a collection of limited edition gift bags and gift boxes. You fill them with your own selection of festive products which = a great personalized gift. The range incorporates recyclable materials sourced from Community Trade Get Paper Industries in Nepal.
*For every gift bag or box sold, The Body Shop will make a 5% donation to the Somaly Mam Foundation.
Visit THE BODY SHOP or your local Body Shop store to purchase.
#2: KARL & THE CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY FOUNDATION
Fashion has a rap for being full of self-centered shallow individuals. None other than the Kaiser and one of the world’s top supermodels who's now France’s first lady, put that lie to rest.
In the Tuesday, December 22, 2009 issue of WWD, the paper reported that Karl Lagerfeld is a recent supporter of the Carla Bruni-Sarkozy Foundation.
To help out, he created a princess doll (220 euros, or $315 at current exchange) and a silk, tulle and lace princess dress to be worn by a little girl (830 euros, or $1,190), which will be sold through next year.
The items are available at AU NAIN BLEU, Paris’ exclusive toy store.
ABOUT CARLA’S FOUNDATION
GOALS: To develop education, reading and culture, beginning as early as infant schools.
Part of the proceeds of KARL’S doll and dress will go to the foundation.
RIGHT BEHIND KARL: Beauty Giant, Lancôme. They became patrons last month too.
To read more, visit THE TELEGRAPH UK