This Giving Tuesday, we're shining a light on some incredible organizations that are close to our hearts here at Itzy Ritzy. This year, 2021, we've supported the below foundations, and encourage you to learn more about them and how they help those in their communities and around the world!
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross, also known as The American National Red Cross, is a non-profit humanitarian organization that provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, and disaster preparedness education in the United States. The American Red Cross also helps members of the military, veterans and their families prepare for, cope with, and respond to, the challenges of military service. Learn more here.
First Candle is an organization committed to ending SIDS and other sleep-related infant deaths while providing bereavement support to families who have experienced a loss. We are proud to have an ongoing donation going to First Candle through our Crew Olive Itzy Mini and Miracle Boss Plus Diaper Bag: 10% of net proceeds go to First Candle.
The neutral rainbow interior of these bags act as a subtle reminder that anyone who has experienced a loss of this kind is not alone, and to honor all rainbow babies. Learn more here.
Gary Sinise Foundation
This non-profit serves our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. They do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities. The Gary Sinise Foundation also does incredible donation matching across various services, such as R.I.S.E (Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment) - where they build specially-adapted smart homes for our most severely wounded heroes, and providing home modifications, mobility devices, and adapted vehicles to our injured, wounded, ill, and aging heroes. Learn more here.
Loaves & Fishes Community Services
Loaves & Fishes is an anti-poverty, hunger relief agency serving food and leadership services to the Naperville and DuPage County community. Their mission is to provide healthy food and impactful programs to promote self-sufficiency. Learn more here.
Naper Pride Incorporated
Naper Pride is a family centered, Naperville-focused, celebration of LGBTQ+ members of our city and community. Their goal is to bring together people from all walks of life - family, friends, neighbors, and allies in a celebration of inclusivity for ALL people of Naperville and the contributions LGBTQ+ individuals add to the diversity and quality of the lives we enjoy in their community. Learn more here.
The Naperville Education Foundation - Kid Booster Anonymous Fund
In these unprecedented times, the Naperville Education Foundation (NEF) has created a Kid Booster Crisis Fund, an emergency fund providing immediate access to financial assistance for students and families in need. The Kid Booster Crisis Fund will help students that have been impacted by COVID-19, including financial support related to housing, meals for weekends and evenings and transportation needs. Learn more here.
Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors (TAPS)
TAPS provides comfort, care and resources to all those grieving the death of a military loved one. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24/7 through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. TAPS provides a variety of programs to survivors nationally and worldwide. Our National Military Survivor Seminar and Good Grief Camp has been held annually in Washington, D.C., over Memorial Day weekend since 1994. TAPS also conducts regional survivor seminars for adults and youth programs at locations across the country, as well as retreats and expeditions around the world. Learn more here.
The USO provides programs, entertainment and services at more than 250 USO locations worldwide, including Afghanistan, Djibouti, Kuwait, United Arab Emirates, Germany, Italy, Japan, Iraq, South Korea and the United States. In 2019, USO centers were visited more than 8.1 million times by service members and their families. USO centers provide a warm and comforting place where service members can connect to loved ones via Internet or phone, play a video game, catch a movie, have a snack or just put their feet up and relax. Learn more here.
Wounded Warrior Project
The WWP mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors who incurred a physical or mental injury, illnesses, or wound, co-incident to your military service on or after September 11, 2001. Every warrior has unique challenges and goals, which is why WWP provides a variety of veteran programs and services to help you take the steps that are right for each person. What’s more, thanks to the tremendous support of donors, Warriors never pay a penny to get the help they need to build the future they deserve. Learn more here.