12 Days of Giving
The holiday season is about a lot of things. During the coldest, darkest part of the year, we turn to one another for warmth and light. We show our appreciation for our friends, family, and those around us by giving gifts, sharing food, and celebrating together. The holidays are also a time to be grateful for what we have, and turn our eyes to people in need— who needs help? What can we do to make someone’s life better?
Duluth Pack is embarking on what we call “12 Days of Giving.” From Friday, December 6th, to Tuesday, December 17th, Duluth Pack will be donating up to $12,000 of profits over those 12 days from purchases of Duluth Pack manufactured products. Duluth Pack has chosen several charities that work to make the world a better place. The organizations involved in the campaign are Mental Health America, charity: water, Hartley Nature Center, American Cancer Society, We Raise Foundation, Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota, PAVSA, Action Against Hunger and The Superior Hiking Trail. We have specifically chosen organizations that help communities both locally and internationally, and that help to improve the health and quality of life of everyone.
Mental Health America is, from their website, “the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans." The nonprofit encourages Americans to live mentally healthy, teaches ways to manage stress, and educates people about mental-health related issues, including minority mental health, and mental health for older adults and youth. They promote the “B4Stage4” philosophy, which you can read about on their website: https://www.mhanational.org/about. MHA is dedicated to teaching prevention, intervention, and care, and they can use your help.
charity: water is a non-profit organization that is well-known for its radically transparent model which sends 100% of public donations straight to the field. The charity provides clean drinking water for people in developing nations. It has funded 44,000 water projects in 28 countries. This is an excellent charity to donate to this holiday season because every penny goes to work directly to maintain and build clean water projects for those in need. Here is a link to their site: https://www.charitywater.org/
Hartley Nature Center is local to Duluth, and Duluth Pack is glad to give back to its home community. Anyone who lives in Duluth or loves Duluth knows that the Hartley Nature Center is a hallmark of local culture. It is an independent, non-profit, environmental education organization located in Hartley Park, a gorgeous 660-acre woodland area popular with hikers, bikers, and skiers. If you want to help Hartley Nature Center continue its tradition of providing wilderness education, practicing environmental sustainability, and providing numerous programs for children learning about the outdoors, check out this link: https://hartleynature.org/hartley-nature-center-programs/school-group-field-trips/
The American Cancer Society is a voluntary health organization committed to attacking cancer from every angle. Cancer affects everyone, and the American Cancer Society works to research, treat, and assist people going through cancer. They fight to make cancer a national priority, and to fund breakthrough research for new treatments and a deeper understanding of this devastating disease. Help fund their work here: https://www.cancer.org/
The We Raise Foundation is dedicated to free people from poverty, violence, and inequality. Poverty and inequality are pervasive problems in our communities, especially so for our communities of color, and in the most advanced country on the planet, no child should be condemned to a lifetime of deprivation due to their zip code. The We Raise Foundation partners with Christian organizations to support and develop sustainable programs that help people thrive, including promoting equality for those impacted by the criminal justice system. Learn more about them here: https://weraise.org/
The Down Syndrome Association of Minnesota is a statewide nonprofit organization seeking to empower individuals and families, create community, and celebrate the abilities of people with Down Syndrome. Membership is free and open to anyone. The nonprofit provides support, assistance, and opportunity to people with Down Syndrome, and works to create outreach programming, education, and provide individual and family support services. Help support DSAMN here: https://www.dsamn.org/
Action Against Hunger is the world’s hunger specialist whose primary goal is to create a better way to deal with hunger. For 40 years, they have led the global movement that aims to end life-threatening hunger for good. Placing teams on the front lines, saving the lives of children and their families, and treating and preventing malnutrition across nearly 50 countries is just the beginning of what they do. If you are interested in learning more about how they strive to make long-term change, head to their website here: https://www.actionagainsthunger.org/
PAVSA, or the Program to Aid Victims of Sexual Assault, is exactly what its name suggests— a nonprofit rape crisis center that aids area residents coping with the aftermath of sexual violence. It provides many services, including immediate crisis intervention, emergency medical care, long-term counseling, and therapy groups. They stress advocacy and support. PAVSA services are free and confidential, and all are welcome. Here is a link to their site: https://www.pavsa.org/
The Superior Hiking Trail is especially close to our hearts at Duluth Pack, as it is a local source of joy and excitement for all of us in the Northland, and a wonderful attraction to the area. For over 30 years, volunteers have worked to maintain, build, and renew the Superior Hiking Trail as needed. The trail itself is a 300+ mile footpath that follows the ridge above Lake Superior from the Wisconsin-Minnesota border, through Duluth, and up the North Shore to the Canadian border. It is one of the best destinations in the country for hiking, trail running, and backpacking. Duluth Pack’s “12 Days of Giving” donations will go to the Trail Renewal Program. For more information, visit them here: https://superiorhiking.org/donate/
This December, you can help these organizations and their wonderful missions by visiting the Duluth Pack flagship store and purchasing Duluth Pack manufactured products on the website. However, there’s no reason to stop there! Each of these organizations provides something good for humanity, and if you have the means, please consider donating independently.
We are grateful this season to be a part of such a vibrant community here in Duluth, and to be members of a global community as well. The holidays are a great time to reach out to someone who needs a hand— whether they are right here in our neighborhood, or on the other side of the world. We encourage you to reach out, too!
Stay warm, and have a happy holiday season!