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The FabFitFun Winter Box (value $200; cost $49.99 USD) not only includes full-size products such as Anderson Lilley’s beach butter body cream and D.L. & Co’s Bergamot Woods candle, but a custom-created Starlight Children's Foundation pin to raise awareness for the 30 million children in the U.S. who suffer each year from critical, chronic or terminal illness. The company also asks its 200,000 subscribers to take photo of the pin and share a holiday wish, using #wishonastar #fabfitfun.  Customers can also donate directly to Starlight through their add-on program. Buy the box here. — Karen Bliss

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McGregor Socks, a family-owned Canadian company, has partnered with the Movember Foundation to create some snazzy men’s socks adorned with two different moustache designs (Movember is the month of November when men grow moustaches to raise awareness and fundraise for men’s health issues). Available in six different style choices ($12), the socks are available at Hudson’s Bay, Sears Canada and select indies. $1 from each sale will be donated to the Movember Foundation, the world’s largest men’s health organization. Buy the two styles here and here. — Karen Bliss

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Travalo, the refillable fragrance atomizer bottle, has partnered with Bright Pink this October to raise money for breast cancer awareness month. Purchase the pink-coloured models Excel, Classic HD and Milano ($15.99 to $49 USD) and the company will donate 25 percent of the proceeds to the non-profit, which aims to reach 52 million women (ages 18 to 45) with its “innovative, life-saving breast and ovarian health programs.” Buy it here. — Karen Bliss

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South African-born actress Charlize Theron has partnered once again with TOMS to raise money for her Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Program (CTAOP), which she founded in 2007 to support African youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  The CTAOP navy washed women’s avalon slip-ons sell for $70 (CAD) and TOMS U.S. offers kids and youth versions and a backpack ($36-$78). With every TOMS + CTAOP product purchased, TOMS will donate $5 to CTAOP for a minimum total of $100,000 (USD). And as usual, with every pair of shoes purchased, TOMS will give a new pair to a child in need.  Buy them here in Canada and here in the U.S. — Karen Bliss

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To celebrate LGBTQ Pride Month this June, the National Basketball Association has teamed up with Teespring to create NBA Pride T-shirts featuring the logos of all 30 teams in the colours of the rainbow.  Selling for $24.95 (USD), all proceeds go to GLSEN, which works “to improve school climate and champion LGBT issues in K-12 education.” Support your team. Support Pride. Support the rights of all. Not into basketball? Then just pick the coolest looking tee. Buy it here. — Karen Bliss


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Sparkling Ice, which signed NBA player Kevin Durant as a brand ambassador in 2015, is selling a limited edition zero-calorie orange mango flavour for his eponymously-named charitable foundation (KDCF). On the 17 FL OZ bottle, it says “Sparkling Ice is partnering with KD and his foundation to revitalize basketball courts for inner-city youth" in the U.S. and internationally.  The proceeds will go to the Kevin Durant Charitable Foundation's Build It And They Will Ball Courts Renovation Initiative. — Karen Bliss

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Kiehl’s beauty brand, which a couple of times a year sells a charity product, turns its attention this month to saving the whale population. From now until Earth Day, April 22, with the purchase of this Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado ($36 for 15ml; $58 for 28ml), 100 percent of net profits, up to $10,000, will benefit Canadian Wildlife Federation to “help fund marine conservation efforts along Canada's coastlines, including efforts to help respond to marine animal emergencies,” it says in its sale material. The artwork for the container was designed by Olivia Mew from lifestyle brand Stay Home Club. Buy the cream here. — Karen Bliss

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Madd Virgin Drinks makes a variety of alcohol free “wine,” “beer” and mixed drinks and gives a portion of each sale to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. The bottled screw-cap “wine” comes in red and white, while their “champagne” bottle has a cork and cage closure. They also sell cans of virgin margarita, virgin mojito, and an award-winning virgin craft brewed lager. Prices range from $9.99 for 4-pack of cans and single bottles to $47.76 for 24-pack of lager.  Available in stores and ships to U.S. and Canada. — Karen Bliss

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Award-winning Dine Alone Records has released an album of lullabies by lullaby covers king Sparrow Sleeps, with net proceeds going to Toronto’s famed SickKids Foundation.  On this 16-track compilation, which label owner Joel Carriere produced because of his infant son’s own medical emergency, songs by such acts as Jimmy Eat World, Alexisonfire, Arkells, City and Colour, The Sheepdogs, Vanessa Carlton, Moneen and Monster Truck are snoozified, in a good way.  Buy it hereKaren Bliss.

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Twentysix is a 26-ingredient charity fragrance from Natasha Koifman, president of NKPR and Canadian chair for Paul Haggis’ Artists for Peace and Justice, which helps communities in Haiti. Koifman is giving up all her profits from the sale of the scent ($75 for 50 ml) which she created with custom scent company Aromachology. At the core of the perfume is Haitian vetiver, a fragrant grass, which has been softened and sweetened with rose, peony, patchouli and more.  Twentysix is available online and at select Hudson’s Bay stores.  — Karen Bliss

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