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Holiday Gifts For A Good Cause

Submitted by on December 15, 2012 – 9:46 pm2 Comments

While doing some last-minute holiday gift shopping, I discovered two organizations selling great items and doing good at the same time. I encourage you to check them out and maybe even buy some presents that are both fun and supportive this holiday season.

Shona Sculptures from CAMBA

The Shona people are tribes in southeast Zimbabwe, who, in only the last half century, have developed a vibrant artistic community of stone sculptors who draw on both modern inspiration and centuries-old themes and techniques. CAMBA, according to their website, is a non-profit that provides “quality of life services” to over “35,000 individuals and families” (mostly in Brooklyn) in six key fields: “Economic Development, Education and Youth Development, Family Support Services, HIV/AIDS Services, Housing Services and Development, and Legal Services.”

What do Shona sculpture and CAMBA have in common? The non-profit is one of the country’s premiere importers and sellers of Shona sculpture, benefiting its many programs and services.

During a recent visit to CAMBA’s Shona gallery, housed on the fourth floor of one of their counseling centers, I was surprised to find myself the only visitor to a large collection of truly stunning sculpture. And with pieces listed for as little as $20 (not to mention up to thousands), there was definitely something here to fit every budget.

CAMBA’s Shona gallery will be open tomorrow (Sunday, Dec 16) from noon to 5pm for their annual holiday sale. After that, it is open by appointment. Also, sculptures are available through their website.

CAMBA Shona Gallery
19 Winthrop Street, 4th Floor
(Between Flatbush and Bedford Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11225

 T-Shirts from We Are Lions

Part of the mission statement of We Are Lions is to “make the greatest t-shirts around while promoting great artists and their art.” And for WAL, many of those artists are people of all ages with intellectual and developmental disabilities. These artists create designs that are colorful, vivid, and playful- worthy of any modern work hanging in a gallery. (And now they’ve branched into iPhone cases too!)

I’m particularly fond of designs like their epynonymous, crowned, sunglasses-wearing lion; their more abstract, tye-die-like “Fire Birds;” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” (top). But check out all of the great looks available on their website.

And if you want to spend a little money at a for-profit institution, I bet your WAL T-shirt would look great with a pair of bright green Radii hi-tops from DrJays.com! (Shameless plug.)

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