On Monday December 5th, we’ll be hosting a Fashion Show and Discussion Panel!
Come to the WIX Lounge in New York City at 7pm to check out all the different ways you can wear philanthropy!
There will be a Question and Answer session with some of our local artists and charities, as well as a runway show where you’ll learn how you can incorporate one of our fantastic t-shirts into your wardrobe.
We are especially excited that the NYU Cleftomaniacs will be walking the runway as our fashion show models! They sang for us on Canvas thePark Day in October and will also be performing some songs at the fashion show that have been expertly choreographed by our very own Alexis Fedor.
RSVP to the event on Facebook so we know you’re coming! And be sure to check out the WIX Lounge website to get directions for the big day!
See you there!
Every Monday we’ll be taking a look at some of the charities we’ve featured in the past! This week we’re highlighting Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which was the inspiration for our Holiday Countdown t-shirt a few weeks ago.
Alexandra Scott was diagnosed with a childhood cancer called neuroblastoma just after her first birthday; though the doctors said that she might never walk, she beat the odds and continued to fight for her life. After receiving a stem cell transplant at the age of 4, she told her parents that she wanted to open up a lemonade stand to raise money for cancer research, so that her doctors could “help other kids, like they helped me.” Her first stand raised over $2,000 in a single day, and grew into a worldwide phenomenon as other people inspired by her story set up their own lemonade stands.
Alex passed away at the age of 8 in 2004, but by then she’d helped to raise $1 million around the world for cancer research. Her family decided to continue her legacy and set up “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” as an official 501(c)3 charity. To this day, they have funded over 200 research projects at more than 65 institutions across the country. In addition, they also fund nursing grants and help families with travel expenses to be nearer to their ailing children.
If you’d like to support this cause, remember that when you buy our “Fighting Childhood Cancer”shirt part of the proceeds go directly to Alex’s Lemonade Stand! And you can also check out their website to see how else you can get involved!
Remember, our holiday countdown sale is still happening! This week, our featured shirt is “Leave Your Mark,” which was designed by Love+Water Designs user Katie Lovejoy and which was inspired by the charity Global Glimpse!
Head on over to our website and check out the shirt! And remember to keep looking in to see what other deals we’ll be offering for the rest of the holiday season!
Starting today, every Monday on this blog we’ll be taking a look at some of some of the charities we’ve previously featured on the Love+Water website!
This week we’re going to focus on Kageno. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because it was the featured shirt for our Holiday Countdown discount last week!
The word “Kageno” means “A Place of Hope” in a Kenyan dialect; the goal of the Kageno organization is to transform impoverished African communities so that they can thrive and sustain themselves through education, healthcare, sanitation, and income generation. Member of Kageno work with local leaders to build schools, pharmacies, and community centers with training programs, learning tools, and internet access. They also specifically target villages that suffer from AIDS and genocide aftermath, as well as a host of other problems such as limited access to clean water and resources.
Currently Kageno has programs based Rusinga Island and Mfangano in Western Kenya, and in Banda Village, Rwanda, and they are looking to expand! Since their inception in 2003, they have created 600 local jobs, founded nursery schools, planted thousands of trees, and have opened up clean water filtering stations and health facilities. They also work to provide orphans of HIV and AIDS with the proper medical care, education, and attention that they need.
My name is Megan Walsh and I am currently a senior at NYU pursuing a degree in Individualized Study with a concentration in Music as a Transformational Object and a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. My true passion is music, and I am the musical director for NYU’s premiere all-female a cappella group, the Cleftomaniacs.
I began working with Love + Water designs this past summer facilitating Youth Outreach. I’ve made contact with youth organizations that are now scheduled as our featured charities for the upcoming months! Most recently I’ve been focused on organizing and working with our wonderful Youth Board!
I am truly inspired by Love + Water and everything it stands for–supporting artists while giving SO much back to those who need it most. Wearable philanthropy is a truly remarkable concept that fosters beautiful and motivating awareness and change. I love working with such an amazing team at Love + Water, I am honored to be surrounded by such creative, generous, and amazing individuals!
Thanks Megan! A reminder: don’t forget to check out our Holiday Countdown sale! This week’s shirt can be found here and was inspired by Kageno!
I want to take a moment to thank everyone who wished me a Happy Birthday today…
In person, over the phone, via text, on Facebook…
It made me feel like I was walking through a greenhouse full of flowers!!!
(OK, it’s the only picture I had handy, but I’m REALLY happy in this picture!:))
And to say that the one thing that has made my day complete is being able to connect with such an amazing community of artists who bring joy to my life.
Here’s the deal: I’m a lucky gal!!!
And here’s the other deal: Love and Water Designs makes me fill with joy at the thought of being able to connect artists with charities to create Wearable Philanthropy. That is something I’m ecstatic about, everyday…
SO, here’s to all of you!!!
The FIRST person to reply to this blog post gets a shirt, as a gift, from me, to say thanks for all of your love and support!
Spread the art, spread the cause, spread the LOVE…
Our HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN SALE is here, and I can say with confidence that it’s one worth investing in.
We have a different shirt each week on sale for $15. Go to our site and find it on the homepage!
Great! But there’s more…
Each shirt that is on sale for $15 is:
Made by Alternative Apparel (GREAT quality, AMAZINGLY conscious company)
Designed by an artist specifically for a particular CAUSE
50% of the profits from each shirt sold goes back to that CAUSE
The name of the CAUSE and the name of the ARTIST is printed on the back of each shirt
The more we sell, the more money we give to the CAUSE and the ARTIST
SO, when buying a gift for a loved one this holiday that is affordable, cause-related and meaningful, look no further.
We even include a fun gift with your purchase…
Thanks for being such a special part of our Love and Water Designs community…
Today I thought I would break the fourth wall a bit and let you see who’s been making all these blog updates! My name is Victoria and I’m a senior at NYU majoring in English.
I first found Love + Water through my friend Megan, who’s been interning here since the beginning of the summer. She helps out with the Youth Board (who’ll I’ll write a little more about on Friday, so look out for that!) and told me that Love + Water was looking for a new social media intern, so I applied and here I am! We’re also both members of the Cleftomaniacs, an a cappella group on campus, and we’re working on a lot of great projects to connect our group members to Love + Water in the coming months!
The thing I love most about working with Love + Water is getting to witness the behind-the-scenes of what goes on at a business that believes in its cause. Alexis is a really spirited, inspiring woman, and it’s clear just from watching her talk about Love + Water that she’s really excited about what she’s doing. It’s rare to see that kind of passion in someone and I hope that when I graduate I’ll be someday able to get as much joy out of my job as she does!
Our Holiday Countdown is now in full swing! This week we’ll be offering discounts on our Alex’s Lemonade Stand-inspired T-shirt, “Fighting Childhood Cancer.”
As a special bonus offer, the first 35 people to buy this shirt will be listed as featured donors on the Love+Water Designs Facebook page! Hurry and order yours today!