5 Companies That Have Raised Money for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change the lives of Americans across the country, individuals and organizations are stepping up to help those in need. This help is still sorely needed, despite recent talks from federal officials about reopening the country to start resuming “normal” life. New York, one of the hardest-hit spots in the country, is still seeing about 2,000 coronavirus hospitalizations every day and Governor Cuomo has announced that nonessential businesses will stay closed until at least May 15.

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To help healthcare workers, essential staff, and everyday citizens affected by the virus, companies of all shapes and sizes have been raising money for COVID-19 relief efforts. Here are five organizations making a difference during these unusual times.

Faviana and No Kid Hungry

5 Companies That Have Raised Money for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Faviana, a high-end evening wear brand founded and based in New York City, has partnered with the No Kid Hungry campaign to help support the millions of vulnerable children impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Share Our Strength, a nonprofit with the objective of solving issues of hunger and poverty in the U.S. and around the world runs the national No Kid Hungry campaign. This campaign connects children in need with nutritious food and helps teach their families how to cook meals that are healthy and affordable.

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To support the campaign, Faviana is encouraging its community to post photos on Instagram that capture themselves in a moment of positivity using the hashtag, #CelebrateYourself. For each post, Faviana will donate $1 to the No Kid Hungry campaign. Faviana is offering free virtual styling appointments and consultations to incentivize participation. They are also accepting direct donations through GoFundMe for the No Kid Hungry campaign to help boost their Instagram initiative.

Feed the Frontlines New Jersey

5 Companies That Have Raised Money for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

A coalition of New Jersey restaurants has formed a new initiative known as Feed the Frontlines New Jersey, inspired by Feed the Frontlines New York. Eddy Sujak of Sofia Restaurant in Englewood, New Jersey started the initiative to help feel healthcare workers on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19 in New Jersey. Other local restaurants such as Giovanni’s Bicycle Club, Axis Taverna, and Bennie’s have also joined the cause of supplying meals to the state’s hardworking healthcare workers.

The mission of Feed the Frontlines New Jersey is to raise money to fund the meals from participating restaurants. By visiting the initiative’s website, donors can choose the restaurant and medical institution they would like to support. Not only do these donations help keep healthcare workers fed and energized, but they also support local restaurants and their employees.

Proper No. Twelve Whiskey

5 Companies That Have Raised Money for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

MMA Champion Conor McGregor is used to fighting, but he has recently joined a battle unlike any he’s ever fought before. McGregor’s Proper No. Twelve Irish Whiskey brand has donated $100,000 to the COVID-19 Heroes Fund. This fund is run by the Tunnel to Towers Foundation and is also focused on the healthcare workers risking their lives to fight the novel coronavirus. The fund has pledged $3 million to provide these workers with meals and personal protective equipment. The fund will also provide financial relief through temporary mortgage payments to a healthcare worker’s family should they lose their life-fighting COVID-19.

In addition to their $100k donation, McGregor’s brand is encouraging individuals to purchase a “One For All” t-shirt. If you purchase a shirt, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the COVID-19 Heroes Fund. A repeat donor to Tunnel to Towers, McGregor’s brand donated $1 million to the foundation earlier this year in support of the country’s first responders. As these responders handle life-threatening emergencies such as crashes related to operating a vehicle while impaired, supporting them year-round is essential.

Milk Makeup and the Wu-Tang Clan

5 Companies That Have Raised Money for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

You heard that right. NYC-based skincare brand Milk Makeup has partnered with the iconic Wu-Tang Clan to support New Yorkers affected by the pandemic. On April 10, Milk Makeup donated 100% of proceeds from purchases made on that day to the NYC COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund. This fund supports healthcare workers, local small businesses, essential staff, displaced hourly workers, youth, families, and other New Yorkers in need at this time.

The collaborative COVID-19 relief efforts raised a total of $106,264.31 in just 24 hours. All shoppers who bought at least $55 worth of Milk products received a complimentary, limited-edition Wu-Tang x Milk Makeup Lip Color. During this successful one-day sale, the makeup brand gifted 1,155 lip colors to their generous shoppers. The brand also donated $250,000 worth of skincare products to frontline responders in New York City hospitals.

Ana Luisa Jewelry

5 Companies That Have Raised Money for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

The jewelry company has launched the #UnitedTogether campaign to help fight COVID-19. In this campaign, Ana Luisa Jewelry has launched the Unity bracelet and is donating all proceeds from purchases of the bracelet to the CDC Foundation. The foundation uses their donations to help communities prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19, deploy emergency staff to the frontlines, and fund and deliver home essentials to quarantined individuals.

5 Companies That Have Raised Money for COVID-19 Relief Efforts

The unisex bracelet is made with an adjustable black cord and three gold chain links. Each bracelet costs $25 and shoppers can buy one for themselves as well as send bracelets to their friends and family. Ana Luisa created the bracelet to symbolize interdependency and encourage everyone to stand together, even when physically apart. With no vaccine for the coronavirus yet in sight despite the U.S. holding over 45% of the global pharmaceutical market, the message to stay united in the fight against COVID-19 is more important than ever before.

All of these COVID-19 relief efforts come at an important time when our country is faced with an emergency the majority of our population has never before experienced. Although Americans are accustomed to fighting disasters like hurricanes that plague the Atlantic region for six months every year and fires that ravage the west coast during scorching months, the coronavirus has tested the country’s resources and resiliency. With efforts like these, however, it’s only a matter of time until we come out of the other side of this pandemic together.

USPS Operation Santa Online

USPS Unveils New Way to Donate to a Hundred-Year Cause

The holidays are officially upon us and now, more than ever, Americans are concerned about their finances.

As of June 2019, consumer debt across the United States reached $4.1 trillion. Now that the holidays are closing in and last-minute shopping has begun, these debts are more stressful on the millions of families across the country with lower annual incomes.

If you want to support a family in need, now is your chance. Since 1912, the U.S. Postal Service has allowed people to adopt letters that families address to Santa. The USPS Operation Santa® program allows the public to read these letters and even “adopt” a family.

USPS Operation Santa Online

Many of these letters are from families in need with requests for necessities; many need a new pair of shoes or a warmer coat for the winter. An estimated 80% of children have untreated anxiety disorders and these feelings of worry can compound during the holidays. The USPS allows their letters written to Santa to be read by the public in order to gather donations. In the past, this has only been done on paper.

This year, those letters will be available online for the first time.

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Letters are stored on the program’s new site, USPSOperationSanta.com. Here, you can read letters from individuals and families in need and shop for the items on their wishlist. All you need to do is wrap the gifts before bringing them to a participating post office before December 21st. That way, the families can receive your donation by the time Christmas is here.

But don’t worry: the names and addresses of the families involved are kept safe from the public. The USPS staff redact their information and provide accompanying coded labels to ensure the right gifts are sent to the right locations.

You can even adopt as a team if you want to get your entire family or workplace involved. Since these donations are tax-deductible, you can rest assured that your gift will help everyone who takes part in this great cause. While you don’t need to shell out the big bucks for Invisalign treatments or new gaming systems, just about everyone in your circle can contribute gloves, coats, and a new pair of shoes for someone in need.

If you don’t want to go out and buy gifts on top of the other last-minute holiday shopping you have to do, you can also make a monetary donation that goes right to the families in need. The average U.S. household with a credit card carries an average of $8,284 in credit card debt; this hardly scratches the surface in some cases. Never easier during the holiday season, there’s a chance to help spread holiday cheer to families who need it most.

With help from the U.S. post office — and from advancing technology — anyone across the country will have a chance to make someone’s Christmas a bit merrier.

Global Transfusion T-SHIRTS

Global Transfiguration: How a Simple T-Shirt Is Trying to Save the World

As we become more aware of environmental changes impacting our planet, we’re adopting more sustainable practices in everyday life. Americans use 40% less natural gas in their homes than 40 years ago. As we learn more about sustainability, this is translating into more than just energy use.

Eco-conscious company Global Transfiguration is introducing a collection of sustainable prints to allow you to wear your environmentally beating heart on your sleeve. In partnership with The Climate Reality Project, Global Transfiguration artist and founder Stephon Stewart hopes that his new line of prints will inspire change in everyday life, from the 33% of renters who move each year to the toddler just starting to learn about how the world works.

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“Earth is our only home,” Stewart explains. “This is our opportunity to change the course of history for future generations on our planet.”

His oil paintings have hit a chord with people both young and old. Featuring 16 versions of the earth in various forms, each one represents a possible future we might experience.

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For example, the fiery “Inferno” showcases a red earth meant to be viewed through an infrared radiation telescope. In this version of a future earth, carbon dioxide has done its worst, getting trapped inside the atmosphere to warm the planet to obscene temperatures. But the greenhouse effect isn’t the only thing we have to worry about.

Global Transfusion T-SHIRTS

Another, titled “Dry,” shows the earth as a potential barren wasteland. Now that the United States has hit a high of creating 4.3 trillion documents each year, this is a scary — but very real — possibility. But Stewart’s prints aren’t all terrifying. “Wet” is meant to pay tribute to the water that sustains the planet while “Gaia” honors the greenery of earth and the harmony between humans and nature.

Best of all? Part of the proceeds goes toward a monthly donation directly to The Climate Reality Project.

So far, the Global Transfiguration campaign has 16 eco-friendly T-shirts available, eight different totes, and a fleece hoodie. On the shirts, the globe rests right on the wearer’s chest, an emblem akin to the logo of a superhero doing their part to save the planet.

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“Everyday citizens can wear the shirts and feel like superheroes,” Stewart continues. “Maybe one can grow up to be the next Albert Einstein and create a new energy source.”

As such, the shirts are available in men’s, women’s, children’s, and even toddler’s sizes. In the fight to save the planet for the next generation, Stewart and Global Transfiguration hope that everyone will partake in the project and “Wear the change.”

Kut from the Kloth Launches Their TRY5 Denim-on-Demand Service

We don’t know about you guys but we hate trying on clothes when we’re out shopping.  Yes, even in the era of dressing room selfies, we’d much rather try clothes at home. Call it laziness, undressing under bad lighting and mirrors, or the fear of being a victim of hidden cameras. Whatever the reason we much prefer to try on our purchases at home. Of course with retail stores, you have to have time and patience to return any unwanted and unflattering items. One of our most exasperating experiences is shopping for jeans. First, trying to find your size, a great fit, color and/or treatment you want, then there’s the process of trying those on. It’s quite rare that we leave the store with more than one pair of jeans we like, which is why we’re excited about Nordstrom brand, Kut from the Kloth’s TRY5 Denim-on-Demand service.

With the TRY5 Denim-on-Demand service, trying on and buying your favorite denim has never been easier. The genius service allows you to select any five jeans from the Kut from the Kloth website for free to try in the comfort of your own home.  No more dealing with fitting rooms, bad lighting, or other issues that arise from trying on jeans in stores. Select your five favorite jeans, try them on, keep your must-haves and send back the pairs you don’t love within seven days with the included return label. You will only get charged for the jeans you keep. The best part, Kut from the Kloth sends you a reminder when your seven days are up; just in case you get busy and forget.

For our Kut from the Kloth TRY5 Denim-on-Demand experience, we tried the following styles: Diana Relaxed Fit Skinny, Catherine Boyfriend, Diana Fab Ab Skinny, Diana Kurvy Relaxed Fit Skinny, and Stevie Straight Leg.

Diana Relaxed Fit Skinny

Catherine Boyfriend

Diana Fab Ab Skinny

Diana Kurvy Relaxed Fit Skinny

Stevie Straight Leg

With Kut from the Kloth’s TRY5 Denim-on-Demand Service, there is no subscription or fees. It’s just an easy, private shopping experience to find and buy your perfect denim fits. Out of the five we initially tried, we fell in love with three styles with our favorite fit and wash being the Diana Relaxed Fit Skinny. We love how it felt and how it looked and look forward to getting more of that fit in other washes.

Kut from the Kloth has also partnered with non-profit Peace 4 Animals; a wonderful organization that boasts on-going efforts to save Africa’s “big five”; lions, leopards, rhinoceros, elephants, and Cape buffalo from extinction in the wild.

“We are proud to support Peace 4 Animals by helping bring awareness to the harm these animals face, and support Katie Cleary in all her efforts. Katie brings much-needed attention to this important cause.  She loves the Kut from the Kloth style and fit so for us, it’s a perfect match,” states Jonathan Greenberg, President of Kut from the Kloth.

Take advantage of the new TRY5 service only at www.kutfromthekloth.com/try_5.

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

I’m lovin’ it: The McDonald’s and Gert-­Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

It seems McDonald’s is making moves, not just in the retail beverage aisle, but in fashion as well. In celebration of the Big Mac’s 50th birthday, the fast food giant teamed up with a remarkable South African Fashion Designer. Teaming up with Gert-­Johan Coetzee, the fast food brand and designer launched a playful streetwear collection which debuted at South African Fashion Week. Of course, the McDonald’s and Gert-­Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection isn’t the first time the Golden Arches has appeared in fashion. Back in 2014, Jeremy Scott incorporated a number of McDonald’s inspired garments in his first collection for Moschino.

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

However, the Big Mac Collection marks the first time McDonald’s has officially authorized the use of its iconography in fashion. The streetwear collection includes sequinned T-shirts with the signature golden arches, sweatpants and cropped sweat tops, cute slogan T-­shirts, and a spectacular gold Tinsel jacket we’d kill for. It’s no surprise that this collection has received rave reviews for Coetzee…..just look at the stunning pieces!

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

The acclaimed designer is already known for his stunning red carpet couture. His gowns have already been worn by celebrities such as Kelly Rowland and many others. Coetzee is the mentor on South Africa’s version of Project Runway and has always been active in doing good. He also has his own scholarship program for aspiring fashion designers, consequently and wonderfully impacting the future of fashion.

“Having the opportunity to play with the iconography of such a huge global brand with the end goal of doing good, is such an honour, and it is a bonus that it is helping put South African fashion on the map globally,” says Coetzee.

McDonald’s and Gert-Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection

The Big Mac Collection collection also includes a kid’s version, aptly named the Big Mac Kids Collection. This mini-me collection allows parents and their kids to enjoy the twinning fashion trend. All the proceeds of the sale of the streetwear collection go to the Ronald McDonald House Charity. The McDonald’s Gert-­Johan Coetzee Big Mac Collection is only available in limited quantities on www.shopgert.com. For more information on fashion designer Gert-­Johan Coetzee, visit www.gertjohancoetzee.com.

creamy lipsticks

Impromptu The Lola Collection: Life & Lipstick Unscripted

To be beautiful inside an out means to give selflessly of yourself while celebrating your outward beauty. It’s not a difficult thing to do as we will show with the great lipsticks from Impromptu The Lola Collection. This stunning collection of lipsticks, which we were introduced to at Consumer Product Events, celebrates beauty, inside and out. Impromptu’s premiere line of moisturizing lip colors, The Lola Collection, utilizes a thoughtfully developed list of ingredients while also keeping in mind those with rare allergies.

Impromptu The Lola Collection was inspired by Founder Leyna Topete’s mother, Lola, who developed an allergic reaction to her favorite cosmetic product: lipstick. Most of us never think about not being able to wear lipstick, if we don’t, it’s usually by choice. When it comes to lipsticks, the most difficult decision for most women is what color to wear. But for Lola, the thought of not being able to wear lipstick again was devastating. What else could a loving daughter do than help her mother enjoy her favorite beauty product than create her own!

The creamy lipstick collection includes richly intense hues from a coffee and cream Café Con Leche, a warm fuchsia Ribbon in the Sky, to a decadent wine-stained I Got You Babe, a sassy violet-tinted The Bronx, and the purest red of reds: Ooh-Rah, a color that celebrates the strength, honor, and pride of today’s female U.S. Marines.

The Lola Collection is born out of love, dedicated to women like Lola, and all women who find inspiration in Impromptu and the “life unscripted” lifestyle. Impromptu also supports our women in uniform by visiting military bases and giving them a splash of color with free Impromptu lipstick. Every purchase you make on the Impromptu.Life website allows them to give back to women in the military in the form of events, beauty makeovers, and gifts of product.

You can purchase the lipsticks from The Lola Collection individually for $22.00 each, or buy the entire collection, the set of all five colors for $100.00.

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BCRF’s Pink Outside the Box: Shop these BCA Products Year’ Round

Did you know you don’t have to wait until October to purchase products that support the fight against Breast Cancer? Thanks to the Breast Cancer Research Fund, we were introduced to several products that are helping to fund breast cancer research. No longer do you have to wait until October to show your support. With lots to shop for in the beauty, fashion, home, lifestyle, travel, health, fitness, and more categories, these pink BCA products help you do good 365 days a year. So join us in supporting BCRF’s Pink Outside the Box products.

A few weeks ago, the US observed National Cancer Survivors Day, a day that highlights and celebrates the fact that many are enjoying life after cancer. As anyone who lives with cancer will tell you, it is a 365-day issue, so we thought, why not highlight products you can purchase 365 days a year that helps the cause. While you can donate at any time during the year (and we encourage you to do so), there are many Pink Outside the Box products, many we use daily, that will help further the cause. Plus, for those who can’t donate, purchasing these everyday items pink BCA products ensures you are helping.

Cuisinart Kitchen Appliances

Need a new kitchen appliance? Why not try one of these from Cuisinart who donates $32,500 annually to BCRF, regardless of sales. Your purchase of a food processor, mixer, or blender will help continue to fund research and achieve a cure.

Apollo Precision Tools

Let’s face, we all need tools. Home repair is a continuous need and they will always need fixing. Apollo Tools offers a wide variety of tools and toolkits where a portion of sales are donated to BCRF. For every cordless drill sold, $2.00 is donated; for every 18 piece garden tool set, $3.00 is donated, and so on. Your home repair could save a life.

Conair Hair and Beauty Tools

Beauty tools have become essential in making sure your routine runs smoothly and quickly and these just happen to also help those in need. Whether you’re in the market for a new hairdryer, facial cleansing tool, curling iron or spa treatment device, Conair donates $110,000 annually, regardless of sales.

Everlast Training Gloves

What better way to help fight Breast Cancer than with boxing gloves! Whether you’re a beginner or a pro at sparring, heavy bag workouts and mitt work, purchasing these Everlast pink BCA products help them continue to donate $75,000 annually to BCRF, regardless of sales.

Streamlight LED Lights

Streamlight offers keychain lights, patio/camp lights and far-reaching flashlights in pink including the Pink Strion LED, Pink ProTac HL, Pink Siege AA, and Pink Nano Light. $1.00- $5.00 of every purchase of Streamlight pink BCA products are donated to BCRF.

Teleflora Pink Grace Bouquet

As the saying goes, “Say it with flowers.” So why not share how much you love them with this lovely mixed bouquet featuring pink roses arranged in a perky pink cube. With 15% of its $54.95 price going to BCRF, it’s a beautiful way to pay tribute to those who need it.

Aveda, Clinique, and Estee Lauder BCA Products

Aveda’s limited-edition Hand Relief Moisturizing Creme comes with pink cap and band featuring an invigorating rosemary mint aroma of certified organic rosemary and peppermint. $4 U.S. from the purchase price of this pink BCA product goes to BCRF, with a maximum donation of $331,000.

Each year, Clinique offers a special, limited-edition bottle of its Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, which combines all-day hydration with skin-strengthening ingredients to help skin look younger, longer. $10 from the purchase price, with a maximum donation of $475,000.

Estée Lauder’s #1 repair serum, the Advanced Night Repair, not only comes packaged with a 3-charm pink ribbon keychain that empowers you to show their support for breast cancer awareness, it also contains a touch of blue in the design to represent the less than 1% of men who are also diagnosed with breast cancer, and 20% of its $95.00 retail price is donated.

There are hundreds other pink BCA products available for purchase year’ round that helps support the cause including fashion from Lane Bryant, office supplies from Officemate, jewelry from Alex and Ani, and much, much more. To shop all of BCRF’s pink BCA product categories, visit www.bcrf.org/shop-pink.