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40+ Easy Ways To Give Back

40+ Easy Ways To Show LOVE To Others 

In honor of Valentine’s we wanted to take a moment and recycle one of our all time favorite posts, devoted to easy ways to GIVE BACK and love others!

{If you’d like to add to the this list, please feel free to email me at hello@blacksheepbride.com with your awesome suggestions!}

Here are some ideas, just in time for the new year!

Teach someone your trade, craft, knowledge, skill

Volunteer at a food bank – Feeding America

Feed the homeless

Share your birthday presents or organize a birthday party for homeless children with The Birthday Party Project 

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(Photo below : Chloe Austin Photography, Surprise Proposal of the Founders of Cup of Love – a Jax based homeless outreach charity)

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Mentor a child at your local school

Sign up for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Clean up trash at the beach, or around your community

Make furry friends at the Humane Society

Help out at a nursing home, VA Hospital, retirement community

Share your own story of obstacles, brokenness with others… Help people see they aren’t alone in their battles.

Volunteer at a hospital, Cancer Center, Ronald McDonald House

Run in a charity race

Invite a refugee family, foreign exchange student, veteran, to your holiday dinner.

Donate your hair, so child with illness and disease, that causes baldness, can have a wig- Wigs for Kids

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Make sweet encouragement cards and leave them in random places around town, like my friends at Hello Happiness Card Company

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Go on a mission trip/humanitarian trip (locally or internationally)

Help fix up/build a home – Habitat for Humanity, like my friend Angie from Pop Goes The Party.

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Deliver for Meals of Wheels

Collect left over wedding flowers and deliver them to hospitals, nursing homes, etc- Floranthropy, Petals with Purpose,

Random Acts of Flowers or Repeat Roses (Photo below courtesy of Repeat Roses)

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Organize a food/shoe/clothes drive

Go to a charity concert

Babysit for a single mom

Go to a public place and gift strangers with balloons or flowers

Serve at a Horse/Animal Rescue

Join a Surfers for Autism event

Help give people clean laundry, with Current

Serve at an organic garden (Photo credit: Beyond the Ordinary Photography)

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Go grocery shopping for someone in need

Participate at a silent auction

Volunteer together at the Great American Teach In

Go Flea’ing (Flea Market) and decorate your home with some recycled swag

Make baked goods and deliver them to your neighbors, or donate a cake to someone in need of a pick me up with Icing Smiles

Clean someone else’s yard, that might not be able to.

And there you have it…

Want to share the ways your give back with us? Tag us on Instagram : @theblacksheepbride !!!

BSB Vendor Round-Up: Giving Tuesday

The Tuesday after Thanksgiving is called ‘Giving Tuesday’ and is one of our favorite days of the year. Giving Tuesday is all about dedicating your holiday time, love, energy, $, to a non-profit near and dear to your heart vs. spending money on useless decorative soap sets for your grandparents, for the sake of checking them off the gift list. In honor of today, we wanted to take a moment and identify how some of our vendor-friends are using their businesses to GIVE BACK on this great occasion. 2016-gt-logo-wdate1 Love Offering: Well we had the people in my lettering workshop write Christmas cards to the military. And tomorrow we will finish passing out our thank you cards from the summer to our Police Department. 14289911_1146256025451336_9018032491357709239_o 15271746_10208466669412435_1390219805_o  Finny Hill PhotographyFinny Hill will be selling Limited Edition prints and donating a portion of all sales to the A21 Campaign, that Danielle will also be supporting this December, through the Dressember Challenge. screen-shot-2016-11-29-at-10-09-08-am Larkspur + Laurel: I’ve committed to donating 10% of all sales from 11/24-11/29 to Standing Rock. 15085728_734939663324751_1257517735511006459_n Pop Goes The Party : We are supporting Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County personally and through our business. Affordable housing in Pinellas County is a significant challenge for families! Angie is also a participating member of the Hammers & Heel’s Women’s Giving Circle. 14715010_1248176781871119_5735347939341573751_oangie The Tote Project: 50% of our sales will be going to Two Wings to help them reach their fundraising goal. Two Wings uses education, mentoring and life coaching to empower at-risk youth and survivors of sex trafficking in achieving their dreams. 13988162_1007929565971289_1584816689078178980_o Carla Ten Eyck: I just recently found out my friend Erica and her three sons were living in a shelter for the past 3 weeks. She has a 2 month old son, Dante who is in kindergarden, and Memphis who is a happy fourth grader. I offered up my home to them until she can land on her feet and get a job and an apartment, but there are many things that she and her family need. My Giving Tuesday efforts will be dedicated to them. Want to help, visit their Go Fund Me here. 15110887_10158019749190495_2957676593737299875_o Chalk Board Special Mobile Event Service: Chalkboard Special Food Truck will be on-site serving up eats at Hidden Springs Ale Works, as a fundraiser for Current Initiatives Affordable Christmas Project in Tampa, FL.  14457423_1586842244675500_3676371723386532867_n Styled by Kelsey V : Announcing that all of our 2017 Q1 profits will be going directly toward materials and teaching tools for Shear Love International in Thailand. These tools include: curling irons, bobby pins, hair pins, rat-tail combs, teasing combs, round brushes, paddle brushes, crocodile clips, etc… plus shipping costs to get these materials to Thailand. Shear Love International is designed to educate and empower women (in all walks of life) by providing an education in hair design. 14495394_1597581757211887_5605051319150517188_n SandraChile Photography: I am encouraging my current couples to take a discount from what they owe me by helping others. “This Giving Tuesday, donate $50 to Too Young to Wed, show me the receipt and I will discount $100 off your balance.” All of today’s donations will go to “Too Young to Wed“. 12322926_977500949061896_2808444523007082491_o Shelby Wright- Trades of Hope: I am donating 25% of sales to Love Not Lost . We also have a huge Fair Tuesday special throughout the day, as well. 15284022_10101187092893640_3084120494592341323_n Imagine Goods: 25% off the entire site. Code “CyberAndFair”. 15181355_10211113909143189_4485705851011401064_n Vinson Images: We are discounting our prints, and on top of this giving 25% of proceeds back to a handful of organizations! 15195857_10100220947362315_5401256830458810092_o Sasa Designs: Get 10% off all Sasa Designs today with code “DREAMBIG”, and your purchase will support GROW (Girls’ Right to Opportunity Worldwide) by donating a percentage of each sale to the program. Every dollar raised provides a girl with one day of education at the primary or secondary level, which includes the cost of uniforms, books, tuition, room and board, safe travel to school, and any number of other typical barriers to a girl’s education. http://eepurl.com/cpTDo5 15193500_10104400641106835_4193423966947779708_n15194326_10104400655557875_7385656284240436741_o APaige Photography: In honor of #GivingTuesdayAPaige Photography is giving away an engagement OR couple shoot to be booked in the month of March! Check out our FB Page for the rules. 15195931_1446686402009924_7856179256745671691_o Karen J Hawley Photography: Today I will be making my annual donation to World Vision. As a Black Sheep Bride vendor I have chosen to give a portion of each wedding to World Vision, and their micro-loan program for women who need a boost up for their families, and their future. unnamed-71 We’ll be sure to be sharing more ways to give as the day progresses, so keep your eyes peeled!

Black Sheep Bride BOGO Exclusive- BUY 1 Year Listing & Give 1 Year Listing

It’s that time of year again friends! Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday… and our most favorite of all … GIVING TUESDAY! Giving Tuesday is the global holiday devoted to donating to a charity of your choosing. In honor of our favorite day of the year, and with the onset of our upcoming new Black Sheep Bride Market Launch, we are offering a one-time Giving Tuesday Exclusive, from now through 12/1/15! bogooffer If your wedding business, service, or social enterprise product/ brand would like to participate in this one-time offer and send a girl to school for a year, with your intentional wedding advertising investment ($250 annual commitment). Complete the vendor application here and proceed with your payment here. We are excited to see how the wedding community will impact the lives of so many this Giving Tuesday, with their conscious consideration of cause-minded intentionality. #WeddingChangeforWorldChange #Advertisewithpurpose *This offer is non-refundable and expires on 12/1/15. All participating vendor listings will be published on 01/01/15. It is the vendor’s responsibility to fill out and update their profiles and to give the additional listing to a qualified (pledging to give back 10% of their time, product, profit to a non-profit) vendor/product/brand by 12/31/15.*