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Support Disability Owned and Employed Businesses:
Christmas Gifts That Are Exciting and Make a Difference

According to a recent survey,  Americans plan to spend an average of $654 this holiday on gifts. A great way to shop for your loved ones while supporting others is to buy from businesses where individuals with disabilities own, operate, and/or play a part in the day-to-day operations.
Here are eight businesses to check out today!

John’s Crazy Socks was founded by the son and father team, John and Mark Cronin. With over 3,000 options, there is something for everyone. Each order receives a thank you note from John, with 5% of the company’s earnings being donated to the Special Olympics. Another great thing? More than half of the company’s colleagues have differing abilities.

Be Kind to Everyone began as a 2018 summer project. Parents Ben and Jackie wanted to help their daughter, Jordyn, develop job skills. What started as a dream to sell 40 tee shirts has become a business with sales in all 50 states. There are shirts, wristbands, hats, and more with a simple message – be kind!

Two Blind Brothers was started by brothers Bradford and Bryan Manning. Offering clothing items and other goodies like notebooks, blankets, bags, and stuffed animals, they also provide the opportunity to shop blind. You order the box you want without knowing what’s inside. All profits are donated to Foundation Fighting Blindness for eye disease research.

Food and Beverages
Poppin Joes Kettle Korn launched in 2005. Joe sells his popcorn in Georgia and through his Etsy shop. With a few different flavors, there is something for every popcorn lover!

Em’s Coffee Co began when owner/operator Emilea Hillman left a segregated workshop to start her own business. Within 10 months, and at only 21 years old, Em, as she is known to family and friends, opened a coffee shop. Em employs individuals with and without disabilities and sells her coffee and apparel at her shop and online!

Home Goods
Troy Made It features pottery made by Troy. Each piece is unique, and you can feel good about your purchase. 100% of the proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations. But be quick! In his last launch, all items listed sold out in four minutes!

Da Bomb offers products for the person who likes to pamper themselves. Bath bombs, soaps, shower steamers, and foot scrubs are available to help those you love to rest and relax. Not sure which scent to buy someone? No problem! Da Bomb also offers gift cards.

Paper by Janey began with Mother’s Day cards in 2020. Selling more than expected, Janey now offers an assortment of watercolor greeting cards. You can purchase these individually or sign up for a subscription box. In addition, the website has scripture cards, a great and encouraging stocking stuffer!

Another great gift idea is a donation in honor of someone you love! 

Love. Learn. Worship.

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