Holiday Giving Starts Now!

12-01-2016 9:09 AM

I love the holiday season, which has officially kicked off! I love the lights, the smells, the music... and especially the joy. The Bible tells us it's more blessed to give than to receive. I really believe this is true. If you have enough to share, you are blessed!

Today, I want to let you know about three organizations worthy of our support.

The Mary Kay Foundation℠ just celebrated #GivingTuesday by giving. You probably have heard about this relatively new day, which is celebrated the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. No coincidence that it comes right after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. (Though I admit that I love those days too.)

For the past two years, we've chosen two organizations that fall outside our typical grant requirements. (Our grants are awarded twice a year to domestic violence shelters and to cancer researchers.)

Our #GivingTuesday donations went to:

Stop human trafficking! The Polaris Project operates the National Human Trafficking Hotline and works to end this form of modern-day slavery. Polaris worked on nearly 4,000 cases just in 2016 and has worked on 30,000 total. We've heard from many of you that this is a cause you want to support. So we use #GivingTuesday to do just that.

Cancer Financial Help! CancerCare is an organization we've long recommended to those diagnosed with any type of cancer. We've earmarked our #GivingTuesday donation for the Touching Hearts program, which provides financial assistance to women with any type of cancer who need help getting treatment. If you missed our blog featuring CancerCare, read it here.

We also want you to know about a revolutionary new gift registry -- for domestic violence shelters! Yes, we have baby registries, wedding registries and even birthday registries. Now DV shelters can create their own wish lists, and it's never been easier for you to fulfill their needs.

The first of its kind: a registry for DV shelters! Most DV shelters do have wish lists. Sometimes you can find them on their websites. Sometimes you can't. So has created a revolutionary new way to give your DV shelter exactly what it needs! has partnered with shelters around the country and Amazon to make fulfilling wishes automated and easy. It's never been easier to give your domestic violence shelter exactly what it needs. You can search here to see if a shelter near you has created a wish list. To see a listing of all shelters with wish lists, simply leave the search field blank, and click the green magnifying glass to the right. Check back often. The list is growing.

Check out these organizations, and let us know what you think!

Stacy Graves is contributing editor of The Mary Kay Foundation℠ blog. Stacy loves to hear from you. You can connect with her at, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest.