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Socially Conscious Gifts for Kids

Posted on 20. Nov, 2013 by


This holiday season, Americans will spend an estimated 450 billion dollars on unwanted gifts!  That’s a lot of money to spend on this season’s “must have presents” and “trendiest items” that will ultimately end up being re-gifted or sitting in the back of a closet somewhere.

If you need a meaningful gift for a child in your life, why not put buy something that will give back to the community?  Imagine what we could do if we used our collective buying power to choose presents that have a positive impact!

Fair Housing Five cover imageGNOFHAC’s original children’s book, The Fair Housing Five & the Haunted House, is a beautiful, full-color book illustrated by New Orleans artist Sharika Mahdi Neville.   It was created by local educators and Fair Housing staff and is designed to get kids thinking about civil rights and equality.

GNOFHAC staff use the book in youth workshops at schools across the city, and we’re thrilled that housing advocates across the country now use The Fair Housing Five as a tool for change. Proceeds from book sales go to the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, so you can give a great gift while contributing to a great cause.  Bonus points for buying an extra copy to donate to a school or library. For more information on the book, or to purchase a copy, visit

What are your favorite socially conscious gifts?  Let us know in the comments!

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