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#GiftsthatGive – Man Cans

We’ve gotten some serious interest in our last post on Groom’s Gifts that Give Back! And we decided to show some love to one of the crowd favorites … Man Cans! They are such an awesome company with a super rad story too! Intro1-975x190-975x190 ManCans was started in 2010 by Hart Main when he was 13 years old.  He was looking for a way to make some money to buy a new bicycle and fill a void in the candle market of scented candles for men.  In an attempt to make his product different than others, not only did he want the scents to be different, he wanted the candles to look different too so he decided to put them in a soup can.  Why not, guys like shiny metal objects, exactly what you have after you take the label off of a soup can.   It didn’t take long before Hart had more orders than empty soup cans so he started donating the soup to soup kitchens.  Come to find out it was perfect timing, the economy was in a tail spin, unemployment was approaching record numbers and soup kitchens were serving 25% more meals than the year before and needed every donation they could get.  To date Hart has donated over 90,000 meals and $30,000 to 25 kitchens across 4 states. Over the past two Christmas’ ManCans had an issue with not being about to generate enough empty cans and have had to turn away business.  With some luck ManCans was able to fix that issue this year and found a way to help even more people.  ManCans has partnered with The BeaverCreek Candle Company, a county owned nonprofit MRDD facility.  Now the candles are hand poured by a mentally disabled client of the facility providing them an employment opportunity and we now use soup cans that have not contained soup but ManCans donates money to each of those kitchens.  This has also allowed ManCans to donate to areas that were too far away in the past. Currently ManCans sells both ManCans and SheCans, providing options for everyone and allowing for more donations. giveaway

Spotlight- Preserve.us

So often we hear the negatives in the news about celebrities.  And if it’s a positive, it’s the birth of a baby or a wedding…. which are great things!  But what about celebrities that are using their status to give back in amazing ways? We are so excited to share about one of those today.  Blake Lively, known as Serena on Gossip Girl or the beautiful wife of Ryan Reynolds, is so much more than a face on the big screen.  She is the heart behind Preserve.us, an avenue which showcases handicrafts designed and produced in the US by skilled artisans.  In the first year of operation, Preserve will donate 5% of each purchase to the Covenant House, which protects and serves homeless, trafficked, and abused youth.  The goal is to provide 5,000 meals, 2,000 blankets and 2,700 sweatshirts to children in need.  As the business grows, Preserve will increase their percentage donated. Preserve is loaded with gorgeous home decor and pieces you can incorporate right into your wedding day!  Enjoy shopping knowing that your purchases support a great cause and are made by artisans right in your backyard! This hand carved porcelain vase would make the perfect centerpiece at your reception. Preserve vase Your groom will love you extra when you present him with this timeless watch on your wedding day. 😉 Preserve Watch Start your honeymoon off right, stirring your coffee with these matching hand-engraved Mr. and Mrs. spoons. Preserve Milk Honey spoons So check out their awesome shop and do good!