In the spirit of collaboration amongst childhood cancer charities - we've created the 4th Annual PAC2 Holiday Shopping Guide. What better time than the Holiday Season to work together to benefit the kids? The list below highlights gift-giving opportunities from some great organizations - all benefiting childhood cancer. We apologize in advance for those not listed (please contact us if you want to be added!). All the pictures are active links to the cause referenced below (or so we hope).
Last year, Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation proudly introduced its inaugural holiday ornament modeled after Alex Scott’s very own front yard lemonade stand. If you missed out, don’t worry, this item is still available for purchase in the 2011 holiday season! To add to your collection they have also created a 2011 ornament, and what is it you may ask –a lemon of course! (Jay not included) This yellow lemon with brass plating, measures approximately 3” and makes the perfect addition to your holiday collection. Both the 2010 and the 2011 ornament are available for purchase separately for $15 each, or as a set for $25. Don’t miss out on these great collector’s items! Please note the 2011 ornament is a pre-order and will ship mid November.
Soft cuddly toys are always a hit! The Children's Brain Tumor Foundation is fighting kids cancer and founded the Children's Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium! This year CBTF is pleased to offer Brand-New Happy Nappers® Reversible Play Pillows. Happy Nappers helps spread holiday cheer to kids and families nationwide with a portion of sales proceeds benefiting the Children’s Brain Tumor Foundation.
The Friends for Life (FFL) Guild was formed in 2006 to help fund pediatric cancer research at Seattle Children’s Hospital. It's a great resource in the Pacific NW, many groups working together. (:)) Its signature event is the annual sale of hand-blown glass ornaments. This year FFL's ambassador is Owain, a 10-year old cancer patient. It's a beautiful dark red ornament with gold flecks!
What kind of cookies are you leaving for Santa? This holiday season, give the gift that not only can power Santa but also donates 100% of the profit to pediatric cancer research. Cookies for Kid's Cancer all natural cookies are beautifully packaged with gift cards for friends, family and clients. The generously sized 2-oz cookies are hand made and fresh baked to order and come in 9 irresistible flavors, including a new flavor for the 2011 Holiday's--Ginger Spice!
Also, the first Cookies for Kids' Cancer's Best Bake Sale Cookbook was released in September, and is now in its 3rd printing. The book makes a great gift and with more than 30 profiles of bake sale hosts inspires new supporters to fire up the ovens for childhood cancer research.
Mechanical pencil? iPad2? What to get the teachers? Curing Kid's Cancer is running the The Teachers Curing Kids' Cancer program as a holiday giving opportunity. The program allows students and parents to make a donation in honor of their teacher. The teacher still receives a great gift - including a personalized certificate and the choice of a mug, a t-shirt or a tote bag. Proceeds, of course, go to childhood cancer research.
It's not easy to celebrate if your sibling is fighting cancer...SuperSibs! mission is to ensure that brothers and sisters of children with cancer are honored, supported and recognized so they may face the future with strength, courage and hope. Inspired by the artistic expressions of SuperSibs! Teen siblings, SuperSibs! Sibling Art Cards are the perfect gift for the holidays. This variety set makes great teacher and customer appreciate gifts as well! 14 different cards for $25/set. Each set of cards and corresponding envelopes will come wrapped in clear cellophane and finished with a colorful bow. Sibling Art Card Features: 14 card set; 1 of each distinct design, measures 5x7/7x5, siblings excerpt on backside, blank inside, corresponding white envelopes.
Elves from Catie honors Catie who was diagnosed with medulloblastoma on her first birthday, September 26, 2003 and fought the good fight but was lovingly welcomed into heaven on January 19, 2007. One of her favorite possessions was her Elf. Each morning while her Elf was visiting the first words out of her mouth were “what did that Silly Elf do now”. Please help honor her spirit by sponsoring an “Elf from Catie”. For $20 an Elf and a book “A Gift from Catie” will be sent to a pediatric cancer patient and $5 will be donated to CURE Childhood Cancer. They appreciate your support and warming the heart of a child who needs it.
The St. Baldricks' Foundation is working tirelessly to Conquer Kids Cancer. Here's how you can help. Personalized gifts by "YourNameUniversity.com" let you create a special gift for that special someone of any age. Personalize a “collegiate-style” design featuring their family name or hometown printed/embroidered on over 80 products, ranging from tees and hats, to hoodies and jackets! YNU offers a 10% discount for St. Baldrick’s customers when clicking on the picture to the right and a 10% donation to the Foundation for each purchase.
Or....if the kids got you up at 4:37 am on Christmas morning, you are going to need a fresh cup of St. Baldrick’s Blend, freshly roasted in Montana. A tasty gift for anyone! Each bag is $9.99 with $2.50 donated to the Foundation.
Finally, you could deck yourself out in the latest fashion: St. Baldrick’s or letsCONQUER t-shirts, stationary, tote bags, water bottles, hats and more!
Wracking your brain for the perfect Christmas gift this year? Erin's Dream Lanyards suggests an artful or whimsical ID badge lanyard for your favorite teacher, nurse, or friend. Children, teens, and volunteers handcraft each item and donors provide all the glass beads and supplies, so that 100% of your donation goes to support childhood cancer research. Even if no one on your list needs a lanyard, you can find equally beautiful jewelry options like necklaces, eye glasses chains, boot loops, and keychains. Order by December 19 for delivery before Christmas or wait until the last minute if you want to pay for overnight delivery.
PAC2's favorite 46 Mommas offering a 2012 over-sized calendar, featuring all of the beautiful Class of 2011 Mommas in all their bald glory. The calendar will include information on various childhood cancers, as well as details about the 46 Mommas campaign and the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The 46 Mommas calendar is $26, and proceeds will benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation. The 46 Mommas store also has a lot of other great gift ideas.
Okay, what about Dad? What does he reallllllly want? Of course! Just the thing! A B-Positive hoodie from The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation! (or just to be left alone to watch sports, but that's a different type of gift!) You too can look like that handsome guy in the pic if you just click it!! (plus, of course thru your purchases you'd be helping B+ as they fund research and support families in need.
Team Unite will be offering a 2012 over-sized calendar, featuring about 100 of their member kids, including diagnosis information and special dates (birthdays, angel dates, etc.). This calendar will also include information on many different types of childhood cancers. The Team Unite calendar is $26, with proceeds to benefit CureSearch. The Team Unite store also has a lot of other great gift ideas to help spread awareness.
This Holiday give the gift of research. When you buy a tie for dad, a hat for son, onesies for baby, or personalized holiday cards, you help raise money for children’s cancer research. A number of generous retailers are donating a portion of sales to CureSearch for Children’s Cancer. Give great gifts that make a difference. Visit the CureSearch Gift Shop for a variety of holiday gift ideas for everyone on your list. Among its favorites is the “Teething Bling” line of jewelry. Looks great on Mom, but is safe for babies to chew on.
We think that the message of the Isaish Alonso Foundation's Christmas Card says it all..........All I want for Christmas is a cure.
Cards were designed by Isaiah's cousin Rachel Axelrod, come in a pack of 20 cards, cost $25/pack, and have this inside message - "May the spirit of the season fill your heart with peace, love and hope".
Help IAF as they "help one family at a time".
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation has a mission to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it. As you know "Bear" is the main man and you can give Bears to all your friends (or get your own!) Custom made for Bear Necessities this cuddly creature is the new, official mascot of Bear Necessities! He stands 9” tall with incredibly soft black fur. Embroidered on his left foot – “Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation”. Right on Bear -- let's kick childhood cancer's butt!
The mission of The Pablove Foundation is to fund pediatric cancer research and advances in treatment, educate and empower cancer families, and improve the quality of life for children living with cancer through hospital play, music and arts programs. You can support that mission by visiting the Pablove store and checking out the great hoodies, t-shirts, and other great stuff.
And we mean great stuff - the ONLY place on earth to buy both a bow-tie and cool cycling gear....all while you are fighting childhood cancer....just click the hoodie to see!
For waterfowl fans.....get your Aflac 2011 Holiday Duck and benefit Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service. Why you ask? Because since 1995 Aflac has contributed more than $60 million to the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta one of the leading childhood cancer, hematology, and blood and marrow transplant (BMT) programs in the country. Dear Mr. Duck - Good luck on your first parade and thanks for all you do to fight childhood cancer!
Make Some Noise raises funds for childhood cancer research. We think everybody should 'make-some-noise' about the need for funding, and you can when you get some pretty unique gifts from MSN's gift shop!
Okay....still not satisfied? Then this is for the hard-to-buy-for folks.........Win Jeff Gordon’s personal 2011 Corvette Convertible Grand Sport 4LT! Only 7500 tickets will be sold! This makes the perfect Christmas present for the car enthusiasts, childhood cancer activists and Jeff Gordon fan! If you didn't know, the Jeff Gordon Foundation is in the fight against childhood cancer in a huge way! Support #24, take a shot a winning a Vette AND fight childhood cancer! Hurry, tickets won’t last long….they never do!
AND - as a catch-all, just do ALL your shopping via http://www.igive.com! Register with iGive, select a charity, like Alex's Lemonade Stand. St. Baldricks, Cookies for Kids Cancer or CureSearch, and shop at some popular stores like Nordstrom(s?), Gap, Home Depot, Amazon.com, etc... and a portion of the sale will go to your selected charity! Or, how about....
If NOTHING catches your eye, you can always buy a Hyundai (Hyundai Hope on Wheels) or Dell (Dell funds fight against childhood cancer), and tell the sales people WHY you are doing it! Thanks to two great corporate sponsors fighting childhood cancer.
Finally, last but certainly not least......the American Childhood Cancer Organization will Light Up the Holidays with Hope this year. Light Up the Holidays with Hope is one of the Nation’s largest childhood cancer awareness events. The 10th annual holiday event will be held on Saturday December 3rd, 2010 at the Old Post Office Pavilion, Washington DC at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave N.W., Washington DC.
Each year during the December holiday season, a 23 foot tree is placed in the lobby of a building on Capitol Hill, Washington DC. The tree is solely decorated with thousands of gold ribbons (the symbol for childhood cancer), with each ribbon bearing the name of a child who has, or has had cancer. The tree glitters strong in our nation’s capitol for all to see. You can purchase a ribbon in a child's name at the link. I can speak to the powerful visual of the ribbons, and the names.
Here's a video of Abby Miller performing at "Light up the Holidays with Hope:.
All joking aside, we truly hope that you find this valuable and use and share this guide with others as many come together to fight against our common enemy: childhood cancer.