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ORGANIZATION: To Write Love On Her Arms
PERFECT FOR: Gifts of tee shirts; stocking stuffers of stickers, wristbands
COST: $3 – $45
WHAT YOU GET: Mostly apparel with bold and fantastic typography; some bags, wristbands, books
WHAT YOU GIVE: Encouragement and help for people suffering from depression, addictions, self-injury, or suicidal thoughts or attempts
BOASTS: From what I can tell, in 2009 TWLOHA spent a good million working for people who are suffering from addiction, depression, etc. According to their site, that includes “providing help, education, and awareness,” “counseling and medical assistance,” and also donating directly to various other organizations.
LEGITIMACY: TWLOHA is a registered 501c3. It is listed on the BBB website with no rating. Their finances are available for public viewing here, although it appears they’re a year behind.
MORE DETAILS: TWLOHA has an interesting backstory. One of the founders’ friends was denied entrance to a rehab center, and the founders began creating shirts to raise money for her treatment. You can read the whole story here. And, as the FAQ let on, the girl whose struggles sparked the whole organization is still alive and doing well.