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Paying It Forward Through Shopping

no matter how awful your life is, there is always someone who is suffering more

Article by Teri Landsman-Few

Photography by Teri Landsman-Few

I will never forget the first time I was called altruistic, my son was 10 at the time, and I am not gonna lie...it caught me off guard. I was finishing my nursing degree, working full-time, and was a single mom of two. I am always thinking about what I can do for others, I struggled myself and know what it is like to go without. I have instilled in my children, that no matter how awful your life is, there is always someone who is suffering more.

I am currently not practicing as a nurse, but at Miss Kasual we are seeking to make lives better throughout the world. We currently carry a handful of brands that can help us accomplish our goal. Most of these companies are all US women based, you may have heard of a couple of them.

Essence One, is based out of Minneapolis, their products are 100% organic and vary from soaps, oils, and shower steamers. The founder was struggling with mental health issues and no matter what medication/dosage she was given...it did not help. She decided to turn to holistic measures and sure enough, it helped. She had thought that she could help others like her, as there had to be more individuals in the world that were just like her, and sure enough...she was right. 15% off the proceeds are donated to high schools that have mental health groups formed by the charity, Bring Change to Mind (which was co-created by Glenn Close).

Pinch Me Dough is way to relief stress and anxiety, just . This company is based out of New Jersey, by a woman who wanted to help out our US troops who are battling PTSD and other military stresses. Proceeds are given to Bootstrap USA.

Good Work(s) Makes a Difference is a company that was formed by two California women who wanted to help educate and empower women and children. 25% of proceeds are given to multiple good works throughout the world, from building schools in Africa to collaborating with the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.

ViBella is based out of Sioux Center, Iowa. They are helping educate women in Haiti and in Mexico make jewelry and how to run their own businesses to prevent them from experiencing poverty or to better their lives by getting them out of it.

Nalho is based out of Florida that manufactures footwear: sandals and various Espadrilles. For every pair of shoes sold, money is donated to prevent women trafficking.

Love Your Melon is a Minnesota favorite...not only are their products fabulous, but they contribute 50% of their proceeds to non-profit organizations to fight against pediatric cancer. They also donate a hat to a child in need. Join their story, if you have not ready.

This is just the beginning of our Pay it Forward story...we are always looking for ways to assist individuals who are near and far...join us in our journey in making the world a better place.

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