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100 “Likes” = $100 for Soles4Souls = 100 Pairs of Shoes For Those in Need

I love to support charitable organizations like Soles4Souls, which is a renowned non-profit that collects shoes for those in need around the world.  When I first learned about Soles4Souls, I couldn’t believe that 300 million children across the globe are without shoes! 


Shoes are a basic and essential need for everyday life, but many of us take them for granted.  As a fashion expert, I know I can say that I own far too many shoes!  This is why I strive to give back, by donating my gently worn or new shoes to Soles4Souls. 

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In an effort to raise awareness about this wonderful organization, I decided to start a campaign on my Facebook fan page.  For each new “like” on www.facebook.com/yourgalkara, I’ll donate $1 to Soles4Souls. 

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My initial goal is to gain 100 new “likes” so I can donate $100 to the charity.  This $100 will provide 100 pairs of shoes to those in need!  It’s that simple!  Please show your support by visiting my Facebook fan page and clicking “like.”  Help me to spread the word so we can make a difference in this world, one pair of shoes at a time!

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Fashionable Finds That Give Back – Spring 2012

While we all love to shop for the latest trends and fashion finds, it’s empowering to know that certain purchases can make a difference in the world. We should all strive to be socially responsible shoppers, and with so many products available, it’s now easier than ever. Here are a few of my favorite fashion finds that really give back!


Avon Empowerment Necklace

Avon Ambassador and Oscar winning actress, Reese Witherspoon, recently unveiled the “Empowerment Circle of Support Necklace” ($5, Avon.com) to raise funds for the Avon Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. The delicate silver-tone necklace features the infinity symbol, representing the unlimited potential a woman can achieve without violence in her life. 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the necklace will be donated to the Avon Foundation, for programs dedicated to ending domestic violence against women. This beautiful piece of jewelry is an affordable way to support this worthy cause affecting women all over the globe.

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iHeartKids Tee

Soles4Souls and iHeartKids have teamed up to help those in need of one basic necessity, shoes. The two organizations recently launched the T-Shirt Project, a design competition giving kids of all ages the opportunity to submit their unique artwork for consideration. A colorful collection of some of the best drawings is now available for purchase online! A portion of the profits from the limited edition iHeartKids Tee ($20 -$22, iHeartKids.com) will benefit Soles4Souls. By purchasing one shirt (available in kids and adult sizes), five pairs of shoes will be given to deserving people all around the world.

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Three Dots Scarf

Three Dots (a fashion brand known for their luxurious contemporary knitwear) and Saving America’s Mustangs have come together to bring much needed awareness to the mistreatment of wild horses in the USA. By purchasing their American-made, Watercolor Silk Scarf ($60, ShopThreeDots.com), half of the purchase price will be donated to Saving America’s Mustangs. Funds raised from the sale of this versatile scarf (available in two colors) will go towards the preservation and protection of this iconic American animal.

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Rachael Ray’s Milk & Honey Shoes

Foodie and TV Personality Rachael Ray teamed up with Milk & Honey Shoes to raise money for a cause close to her heart, the Yum-o Organization! Rachael combined her two loves (shoes and food) to create this fabulous chocolate brown platform pump with snakeskin print. For each purchase of “The Rachael Heel” ($195, MilkandHoneyShoes.com), 100% of the profits will be donated to this wonderful organization that empowers kids and families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking.

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Celebrity Products That Give Back

Some of the biggest names in Hollywood are taking charity to heart, working with worthy causes across the globe to make a difference. With the following charitable finds, you can be a savvy and socially responsible shopper all at the same time. Here are some of my favorite celebrity endorsed products that really give back!

Skechers Shoes & Soles4Souls

Skechers and Soles4Souls have teamed up to collect shoes for people in need around the world. Celebs like Zach Braff and Donald Faison are spokespeople for the charity organization, while stars like Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian support the mission as well.

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With more than 300 million children around the world without shoes, Skechers and Soles4Souls are making a difference, one pair at a time. For every pair of Skechers BOBS Shoes sold (starting at $34.95 on DSW.com), Skechers will donate two pairs of shoes to those in need. BOBS, stands for Skechers’ charitable mission, Benefitting Others By Shoes. The festive shoes come in an array of colors, fabrics, and styles, and are a fashionable way to support a worthy cause!

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MAC Cosmetics & MAC Aids Fund

MAC Cosmetics launched their Viva Glam lipstick collection in 2004, to support the many men, women and children living with and affected by HIV and AIDS around the world. As the official “Viva Glam Goddess,” Lady Gaga recently launched her own signature shade, a very wearable warm beige color that complements every skin tone.

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All of the proceeds from the sale of Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick ($14.50, MACCosmetics.com) goes to the MAC Aids Fund, which supports innovative programs to help those affected by HIV and AIDS. The money collected from one tube of Viva Glam lipstick can be used for 37 deliveries of dietetically sound meals, or even supply one woman a month’s worth of public transport to take her to and from doctor’s appointments. Embrace your inner Gaga and look fierce while giving back!

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Philosophy & Joyful Heart Foundation

Emmy award winning actress Mariska Hargitay is known for playing Detective Olivia Benson on Law & Order: SVU, a woman who specializes in investigating sexually based crimes. Through her work on the show, and the countless appreciation letters from sexual abuse victims all over the world, Mariska founded the Joyful Heart Foundation in 2004.


The foundation has teamed up with skincare brand Philosophy, on the special edition Joyful Heart Shampoo/Shower Gel ($24, Philosophy.com). The delicate shampoo/shower gel/bubble bath has a soft peony scent, a soft combination of fresh, feminine, floral notes. 100% of the proceeds go towards healing survivors of sexual and domestic abuse, and helping them to reclaim their lives. Bring some joy to others hearts while pampering yourself with this light and refreshing shampoo!

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