Boxing Day falls on Dec 26 every year and was traditionally the day when people would box up leftovers or unused items to give to those in need. It follows Christmas Day on Dec 25 and is celebrated here in Canada as a statutory holiday. It is now known as the day that has mad sales after Christmas, and many people have the tradition of living up outside stores early on the 26th to get in and buy lots of stuff on sale. It’s basically the equivalent of Black Friday in the US, the day after Thanksgiving when stores will have crazy sales.
Once I found out what Boxing Day really was about I found it really sad that we have taken an occasion which was supposed to be about philanthropy and is now about mass consumerism and gluttony. I’ve never really been a fan of Boxing Day shopping and now I have another reason to not like it. I personally would like to go back to what Boxing Day is about and use it as a means to provide goods and services for those in need. My husband and I have made a list of charities we would like to provide funds to and have donated to them for Boxing Day instead of buying more stuff for ourselves or people who already have enough stuff.
Three years ago my husband and I started a tradition where we would sit down and make a list of charities that we want to provide donations to. We already donate to three on a monthly basis, but there are so many causes that we feel for that we just don’t have the funds to support regularly. So instead we give them a lump sum donation during Christmas time. The first year we tried it out we just loved it and decided we would do it every year. Depending on our financial situation we determine how many charities we want to support and how much.
Here are a couple that are on my list that are beauty/health related that have to do with preventing animal testing and supporting alternative and humane methods.
Leaping Bunny – leapingbunny.org
Leaping Bunny was founded in 1996 by eight national animal protection groups to address consumer’s frustrations on the lack of information and transparency about animal testing in cosmetics and household products. These eight organizations came together to form the Coalition for Consumer Information on Cosmetics (CCIC). They are the only internationally recognized certification and they have a very strict policy on no animal testing for companies to qualify for their program.
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) – humanseal.org
Are you interested in donating to medical research charities but are unsure which are animal friendly (as in choose not to use live animal testing)? This website provides information on charities that do not conduct outdated and cruel testing on animals and choose to use alternative methods such as in vitro cell and tissue cultures, microfluidic circuits, computer modeling, microdosing, and epidemiological studies.
Joe Fresh has some pretty intriguing beauty kits as part of their holiday gift guide. They are very affordable and cruelty-free so they make great gifts.
Images obtained from the Joe Fresh website. To view their entire holiday gift giving guide go here.