Looking for a holiday gift that's a little more meaningful?
May I suggest: Huru for the Holidays.
To quote from their website:
Millions of girls around the world don’t have access to sanitary supplies. They’re forced to use dangerous substitutes. They miss school every month.I have a friend who's running a drive to purchase 500 Huru kits. Each kit costs $25 and provides supplies for a full year. You can donate here, and help a young woman stay in school.
In Swahili, Huru means freedom. At Huru, we give girls the freedom to stay in school. We began in Kenya, providing thousands of at-risk girls with free kits that include reusable sanitary pads, life-saving HIV/AIDS prevention information, and information and resources essential to sexual and reproductive health. Huru Kits are environmentally friendly and locally produced, creating new jobs in the girls’ communities—a cost-effective, simple solution to a complicated problem.
You do, of course, know that it's been proved that the best way to raise a community out of poverty is to educate the women and give them control over their reproductive faculties, right?