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Choose love and help refugees

I was very impressed to read about Choose Love, a website and a shop.  They have a shop in New York and one in London and basically it is a store where they recommend, instead of buying presents for people they do not need or do not want, that you buy something on their behalf and contribute it to refugees around the world.  The American website can be found at

You can for example buy a child’s coat that is insulated for $13 or a warm blanket for somebody for $7, an arrival bundle for a child refugee which includes a child’s coat, blanket, themos flask and emergency blanket which cost $13.  You can help buy diapers, sleeping bags, lighting and power, $10 worth of children’s boots which are waterproof and durable or for $26 you can buy a waterproof tent for a family. 

Posted by Michael de Broglio on Friday 05-Apr-19 Share on Facebook   Tweet It

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Bianca N  said:
on Thursday 16-May-19 10:11 AM
I think this is a beautiful idea. I would love for someone to donate something to children and families who need it in stead of buying me something. I have all I need.

candice  said:
on Wednesday 15-May-19 04:25 PM
I think this a great shop if everyone can just do a little something for them, we spend so much money at shops , restaurants,on gifts we surely can give them something. we very selfish in life we should try do our bit

Cornelie  said:
on Thursday 09-May-19 09:22 AM
Very clever idea rather buy something that can be used and see what they need to buy a gift which may not be used.

Prishani  said:
on Monday 06-May-19 04:16 PM
This is a very clever idea and will have such a meaningful impact on the lives of so many refugees, I would imagine that this will very soon become a trend. Instead of wasting money on gifts people never use, rather use it to add some value in another's life.

Thabitha  said:
on Monday 06-May-19 07:37 AM
We need shops like this one all over the world if you can check in each and every house there is a lot of things un used packed somewhere for no reasons.

Daniella  said:
on Friday 03-May-19 10:03 AM
This is amazing- I really wish there were more shops like this around. I would much rather have my family member buy at a shop like this then come back with a magnet

Liz  said:
on Friday 26-Apr-19 04:58 PM
This is a great initiative considering the refugee crisis many countries are faced with. It means so much more for child to go sleep covered by a warm blanket, than it does for friends a family to receive yet another gift they do not need and in some cases do not even like.

Tamaryn  said:
on Wednesday 24-Apr-19 08:42 AM
This takes us back to basics. So many of us have and buy things we don't need, yet if you stop and think, there are children who need a blanket.

Ashleigh  said:
on Tuesday 23-Apr-19 09:26 AM
Nice. I support two charities monthly. One is SOS Children and another one is Meals on wheels for old people. I will always help where I can when donations are needed or people are in need. I also contributed towards the Santa Shoe Box for Children but this charity has become very popular and has enough people supporting it so I look at other things to do.

Shristi  said:
on Tuesday 23-Apr-19 07:58 AM
I hope this shop gets as much support as it can as this is such a wonderful idea! I will definitely be telling my friends and family about this site.

Jadine Richards  said:
on Thursday 18-Apr-19 12:16 PM
This is a lovely concept I would be happy to participate but im not entirely sure that all of my friends and family would be so keen on foregoing their own gifts. Having said that, I doubt anyone would actually complain out aloud.

Jolene   said:
on Monday 15-Apr-19 08:38 AM
This is a great idea and a wonderful way to give back to the community.

Zandelee  said:
on Sunday 14-Apr-19 05:00 PM
The Syrian Crisis- according to an article I read 2018 was one of the deadliest single year for children since the start of the war. The Syrian Crisis has lead to so many children's rights being infringed, being abducted and being killed. Photos which I have seen of children in refugee camps are heartbreaking. 2.6 Million children are still displaced in Syria and so what 2.5 million children are refugees in neighbouring countries. These children are without food, warm clothes and have no access to vital services, often spending cold evenings in wet tents. I can't imagine the phycological impact this has on a child. We really do need more love in this world. One way in which we can do this is to reach out to those in need.

Joyce  said:
on Friday 12-Apr-19 04:29 PM
I think this is a great idea and think that this can create peace and reduce xenophobia and attacks to refugees

Sarah  said:
on Friday 12-Apr-19 10:48 AM
I really hope people support them and it is a great idea. Will keep the website in mind

Helen  said:
on Friday 12-Apr-19 07:34 AM
This is a great idea to help people, who really needs help! More shops should be open all over the world like this and more people would contribute and help. I would like to be part of this organization and donate but again this is very true, if this donation will reach it is destination?

Angelique Jurgens  said:
on Thursday 11-Apr-19 12:47 PM
What a great initiative! People should make it a thing among their friends! If you think about it, it is a lot cheaper than getting your friend a gift that they may or may not like. I would be so skeptical, especially in South Africa where everyone is just trying to make a quick buck therefore would never know if it really reaches its destination.

Natasha  said:
on Wednesday 10-Apr-19 08:57 AM
I think it is a wonderful Idea they must open more shops like that. Think we should start doing it especially in South Africa.

brumilde  said:
on Wednesday 10-Apr-19 07:49 AM
Sounds like a stunning idea, we should help where we can. I hope people are supporting them as much as they can. What goes around comes around

nikita  said:
on Tuesday 09-Apr-19 03:37 PM
I am a strong believer in you get what you give. The smallest act of kindness can make a world of difference to a person.

Melissa van Tellingen   said:
on Tuesday 09-Apr-19 03:08 PM
What a great read! It made me feel all warm inside. Great to know that there are people out there that think about others. Wish it would be implemented all over the world.

Angelica Canosa  said:
on Tuesday 09-Apr-19 10:31 AM
It's a smart idea and sure many people will donate to this cause

Fikile  said:
on Tuesday 09-Apr-19 08:38 AM
I think that is a good idea to get help like this because in most cases we never know what to buy for people and it's always a challenge and half to get in to a store and suffer. It's also a good initiation to think about the people that need it more than the other.

Bianca T  said:
on Tuesday 09-Apr-19 08:04 AM
This is so heart warming to read, love the idea, I would love to be part of something like that

Victoria  said:
on Monday 08-Apr-19 04:16 PM
This is a wonderful thing and very clever. If everyone just does something small it will make a difference.

Clare  said:
on Monday 08-Apr-19 09:31 AM
This is great and this is actually something that is a positive in this world, If we could all just get our acts together and do something for other people and change one heart you can change the World PAY IF FORWARD.

patrick  said:
on Monday 08-Apr-19 08:20 AM
The shop is a very clever idea. It shows that despite all the trouble the world is a good place as long as we all pull in a positive direction. direction.

Megan  said:
on Friday 05-Apr-19 03:28 PM
I think this is a great initiative and would be great all over the world. It takes time and honest dedication to help others, but by putting in the little efforts like these, you can start a great trend worldwide aiding others in need.

Alexis  said:
on Friday 05-Apr-19 02:07 PM
This is amazing, some people have really big hearts and this is a beautiful idea to assist those that are in need. I believe in charity work and it is always nice to give to those that do not have.

Lucretia  said:
on Friday 05-Apr-19 02:05 PM
Yes it seems to be a good thing to do, if you in a first world country. I am still shocked to hear that the victims of Mozambique / Zimbabwe and Malawi after the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai did not see most of the funds sent to them. I would donate in a heartbeat if I was guaranteed that the money I was donating would reach the recipients my money was intended for.

Michelle D  said:
on Friday 05-Apr-19 09:42 AM
I'm always very suspicious of aid organizations. I had the same suspicion recently trying to get involved with the turmoil of Mozambique. When you donate it is always better to rather donate items (instead of money) and also to donate to transparent organizations (normally small scale programs) rather than large scale aid organizations. Living in South Africa we have so many people in our country and in neighboring countries that are in need of dire assistance. It is extremely easy to get involved.

Courtney  said:
on Friday 05-Apr-19 09:05 AM
Every December I contribute clothes, food and toy's to people who are less fortunate. This is very heartwarming to see people look out for each other.

Michelle Smillie  said:
on Friday 05-Apr-19 08:56 AM
I have heard of a lot of outreach programs, but this one tops them all. Very few people ever think about things like children getting cold or being without nappies on the road when their parents flee their countries fearing their lives. We all think about food and shelter first, but there are other necessities as well. Thank you for telling me about such a great program, I hope that everyone who can and is willing contributes to ensure that these people, and especially the kids, feel welcomed and loved.

david  said:
on Friday 05-Apr-19 07:04 AM
make me feel all warm and fuzzy.
like most of these 'charity' organisations, i wonder how much money actually goes to the needy, and how much is used in 'admin'...


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