Want To Shop And Help Some Local Non-profits?
Maybe you made a huge dent in your holiday shopping on Black Friday. Or maybe you didn’t even scratch the surface, and just spent the day whispering sweet nothings to your precious leftovers. (We’re not judging.)
Either way, you can scratch a few people off your gift list right now and help a bunch of local non-profits in the process — and it won’t require more than just lifting a finger or two. Emma Fried-Cassorla, the founder of Philly Love Notes and former promoter of good vibes at waterfront attractions like Spruce Street Harbor Park and Winterfest, is donating all of the profits from sales of her custom wood and glass map creations from now until Tuesday night to seven organizations: The Sunday Breakfast Mission, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, the Black Star Film Festival, the Fund for the School District of Philadelphia, the People’s Emergency Center, and the Asian Arts Initiative.
— Philly Love Notes (@phillylovenotes) November 23, 2016
You can find the maps at Fried-Cassorla’s Etsy page here. Her idea was to channel all of the interest in the various hashtag-y days that follow Thanksgiving — Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday — into a quick-and-easy way to make a difference locally.
“I’ve raised more than $1,500 in less than 72 hours, and the goal is to raise $3,500 by Tuesday night, which means I’m going to be making maps every night after work and on the weekends along with my map partner, Cooper O’Neil, who’s a glass artist,” Fried-Cassorla said this morning.
“People seem thrilled to be able to use their holiday shopping as a way to support organizations in our city, and I’m in the very fortunate position of being able to donate all the profits from the maps. We all have to find our own ways of giving back, especially now, and I’m happy to have found mine, with the help of so many map buyers.”
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