Did you know that you have a super power? You do. You are able to make clean water spring up in dry deserts. You are strong enough to rescue people from terrible situations. You can make food appear on a table.
I know! Crazy, right? You might be thinking, “Nope. Not me. I’m just a regular human who works at a regular job.” And you might be a little confused, but stick with me, okay?
Our biggest super power as regular humans is in giving back. Whether it is time or money, we have the power to influence this world for good. It is not always easy. We want to give back, but our planners are packed with meetings and projects, and paychecks don’t always allow us to.
But I have such an urge to want to do good for others, even people I don’t really know, to see them happy. I think we all do, and we begin to do good for others by addressing what choices we are making, and not just when it impacts those we know and are in our sphere of influence, but where I choose to eat and what I choose to wear, everything impacts someone. I believe that my purchases need to be ethically sourced because somewhere, someone in the world is working their tail off to provide for themselves and their families.
Now, what if your purchases could actually proactively do some good in the world? What if $7 of everything you bought from a company directly impacted the lives of a real human with real needs?
Meet Dale Partridge, and his company, Sevenly. Dale’s mission? People over profit. He believes that simple ideas, love, and a little action can change the world. He started Sevenly with one t-shirt design and the promise of donating $7 of each purchase to help fight sex trafficking. That first week, 27 girls we’re rescued received care and shelter. They were given a second shot at life.
That simple idea, that one t-shirt design has grown into a beautiful collection of items that radically changes real people. Each week, Sevenly chooses a different charity and raises awareness for their cause and donates to that cause. Through Dale’s simple idea of social entrepreneurship, they have been able to bring clean water to areas of the world that have none. They have helped bring orphans into new families, provided food for those who have none, and sheltered women from their abusers.
THAT is something we can all get behind. If my clothing choices can directly impact a life and change it forever, why wouldn’t I support it? I’m already going to go out and purchase that t-shirt from that European brand store that has some beautiful typography, or that glass water bottle because it is trendy. Why not let my purchase change a life?
We have a super power folks. How we spend our money can change this world dramatically. And I, for one, don’t mind looking stylish in the process.
You can find all of Sevenly’s amazing products at Sevenly.org,
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