Shop with Compassion This Holiday

Yes, Black Friday is only 3 days away. I’m sure that many of you are checking the stores now to see what items will be on sale and what time the stores open. Christmas ShoppingWouldn’t it be great to avoid the rush of traffic and rising early and instead shop from home, while supporting children and adults with special needs?

I’d encourage you to consider including some of these wonderful companies and organizations committed to employing young adults and adults living with autism and other developmental disabilities in your Christmas shopping this year.

Some of my favorites are:

ACTabilities – sells 100% natural soy candles, all natural castile soaps, holiday ornaments, cards and more, while spreading the message of Acceptance, Consideration, and Tolerance!

Have a Happy – provides fun and affordable merchandise to ensure ordinary moments are happy occasions, too. The place to get your daily dose of happy!

Paper Clouds Apparel – showcases the creative minds of individuals with special needs by selling t-shirts, hats and totes that feature artwork designed by these individuals.

SEEDs for Autism – sells uniquely crafted jewelry, home and garden products, pet products and more! All proceeds are reinvested back into the program.

[words] Bookstore – “Engaging readers of all ages and interests; Welcoming patrons and employees with autism.” In addition to employing individuals with autism, over 70 young people with autism work in their vocational training program.

For a complete list, visit:

A wonderful variety of gifts are available at the BNI Gift Shop!

A wonderful variety of gifts are available at the BNI Gift Shop!

You can also shop for unique gifts at 100 Barber Place. Selections include floral wreaths, decorative gift bags, cards and seasonal items created by adults attending Barber National Institute programs. And if you shop on this coming Cyber Monday, you’ll receive 10% off as well as a free clay ornament made by our individuals.

And don’t forget, this Saturday the 29th is “Support Small Businesses Day.” Visit your local shops and boutiques to find thoughtful, one-of-a-kind items for Christmas and more.

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