Giveaway :: YouHambo

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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One of the most rewarding aspects of being a part of The Bright Side Project is the opportunity to learn about people and companies that are working hard to make our world a brighter place. It brings a feeling of pure joy to share these brands with you and help them with their causes. We, really, are just the middlemen sharing their goodness and we are more than happy to bask in their rays. Today’s contributor is yet another brand that brings the idea of community to another level.

YouHambo is an online marketplace showcasing artisan wares from around the globe. Michael Rexford and Jeff and Anna Beiderman collaborated to create a business that honored fair trade practices and social awareness while still providing consumers with something beautifully crafted. As their mission states:

YouHambo was inspired both by our love of travel, and by a wish to give back — to help those less fortunate and to protect the world we share. We have three guiding principles 1) the world is a better place, and we are better citizens of that world, when have a deep understanding of all the different people living in it, 2) education is the key to giving people opportunities to improve their lives and 3) this planet belongs to all of us, and we all have a duty to protect it.

The carefully curated YouHambo shop is full of fantastic finds such as (my new obsession) Turkish Towels and the Ecuadoran Anything Bag. But don’t be limited by my desires. Journey through YouHambo and find your own travel inspiration. And let it take you somwhere.

YouHambo is giving away one Turkish Beach Towel AND a set of three Luggage tags to THREE winners! To enter to win, please answer the following question no later than Tuesday, August 5th.
Please visit YouHambo and tell us: Who is the most generous person you know? How (and what) do they share with others?
Start checking the winner’s box on Tuesday, August 12th, to see if you’ve won!
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    ginger G. says:

    I’d have to say my mom is the most generous person I know.  My dad was diagnosed with very advanced cancer and she sort of put her life on hold to care for him.  Background: they’ve been divorced for 20+ years.  He is now living with her because none of his brothers or sisters will help him.  She takes him to Dr appointments and does pretty much anything he needs.  I’m not sure what would have happened to him if she had not stepped in.  

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    Heidi says:

    My grandma is always making quilts and crocheting potholders and hats for others. When we visit, she lets us help tie the latest quilt or iron the baby receiving blanket. She asks our opinion on fabric, and is always checking to see if we’ve had enough to eat 🙂 After a lifetime of service for family and church she feels like she’s getting nothing done, but she fills our days with love.

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    Pumpernickel says:

    My husbands grandma is the most giving person I know. She gives love, gentle guidance, and acceptance so abundantly and yet she never has a negative thing to say about any one. I hope to someday be a fraction as awesome as this vivacious and humble lady.

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    rachel says:

    My dad — he serves others as a minister and leads a food pantry.

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    Shary says:

    I’d have to say my grandmother, she took care of us unconditionally when we lost our mom at a young age.. I love her for that

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    sam says:

    My youngest son (and the baby of the family) – he is always willing to share or give to another. He donates to the food pantry at our church every week (after raiding the home pantry) and takes time once a month on a Saturday at a local church to help assemble brown bag lunches that are delivered later that day to a local homeless shelter. 

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    Lauren P says:

    I worked with a team of social workers, a peer support, and a nurse who give so much to clients struggling with mental illness. In addition to their dedication to a difficult job, they do far more than what is expected. One social worker in particular bought a mattress for a client who had to throw his out and regularly brings him food to make sure he eats healthy. More than these tangible things, this team gives their care and understanding to people who others have written off. 

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    Kim g says:

    We are a family that has always paid it forward somehow someway..I provide hospice care to those who have 6 months or less.to live and choose to die at home.Paying it forward ,giving to those less fortunate,cleaning our beaches is a part of my kids lives since the day they were born. I am always taken back when one of them goes above and  beyond…My daughter who is 12 had been saving for quite a while to get something she wanted at Best Buy….Her birthday money was socked away..the money she made from doing her chores put away..and the moment she had enough off to the store we went. We parked and as we walked there in the alley way was a homeless lady who had made a box as her home…My daughter asked me if I thought she was hungry,did I think she was scared sleeping there all alone ..and would she be cold…I answered her and without missing a beat my daughter said “mommy..I would like to use my money to go and buy the lady some food”..I said are you sure you have been saving for such a long time to get this game you wanted….She replied yes mommy I am sure …and in that moment I knew that at just 12 years old…she got it…well she used her money bought this lady something roneat..and drink…and we gave her a blanket we had in out car….Maddie went and quietly placed the items in front of this lady…and the lady looked up and said “oh thank you I am so very hungry….you are an angel”..Now leaving Maddie without enough to buy her game…we left and she said that it felt so good to know she had helped someone…it made her “heart happy”..to know that this little lady would have food and a blanket”…..Paying it forward ….I went and bought the game for my daughter……we have driven by the alley many times since that night…and we have never seen our little lady again

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    Jennifer says:

    My dad is the most generous person I know, and I strive to be more like him. When he died last January, we were stunned by the stories people told us of his acts of generosity. Our next door neighbor told us how if one of his bills was delivered to our house by mistake, my dad would pay it for them because he knew they were a young family with not a lot of money like my dad used to be. One of my dad’s coworkers told us how my dad called the restaurant the co-worker and his family were eating a celebratory dinner at and paid the bill as his way of offering congratulations. My dad believed that he was so lucky and blessed to have the means to help people that he did whatever he could, most often anonymously. Hearing these stories after he died was such a gift, and makes me feel lucky and blessed.

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    Amie A says:

    My best friend, Neesie,  a fellow volunteer and hospice worker, is the most generous person I know.  She founded Team Hero to feed the homeless in our community with no financial backing and no political/religious agenda.  In addition, she sponsors a yearly coat drive through her massage business that has further benefitted those in need.  She has inspired me and many others to serve selflessly and has been a rock for me in times of trouble.  I not only admire her, but love her with every fiber of my being.  

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    Holli says:

    My mother, who gives time, energy and this amazing unconditional love to everyone she meets.

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    Juliet Farmer says:

    my husband–he takes care of me, his mom, and pretty much everyone else around him. 🙂

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    Samantha S says:

    My professor/mentor/boss/one-time landlord in college, Moe. She leads a small but tightly-knit department that feels more like an extended family, and when I was in college she was always willing to spend time with her students for academic help or just a chat. Her door was always open and there was always tea nearby; she gave the wisest advice. Her home was a haven for us as well–we’d have class sessions there or officer meetings; and walking inside the house felt like stepping into the embodiment of hospitality. Our department was always involved in community service projects, too–she instilled in her students a sense of responsibility to the community, and her generosity with time, resources, and the oft-forgotten rituals of hospitality has influenced thousands of students by now.
    As I got to know her more, I could see that the ease with which she did all this did, in fact, take a toll–she would be weary after a long day of students in the office, events, and teaching. But what remains with me to this day is her attitude toward a generosity that could at times level her with exhaustion: it was always worth it, even if she didn’t know the impact. The possibility that even one student, friend, hungry child, or concerned parent could be helped by her actions was motivation enough.

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    Carolyn says:

    Definitely my best friend since the age of three. She is so willing to give her time to her friends, family, and neighbours and has dedicated her life to improving her community. Her positivity is contagious! 🙂

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    iamalighthouse says:

    My cousin! She opens her heart and her home to so many people and is the most generous person I know!

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    Charlotte D. says:

    My sister.  She does not have any children of her own and she treats all her nieces and nephews as her own.  She loved them all unconditionally.  And the most wonderful thing is that they all love her unconditionally too.  Just amazing to watch. 

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    jane says:

    my maternal grandma! she’s the most understanding person i know and is willing to give up her space, time and money to her in-laws (ie. my paternal grandma, 2 in-laws living together is no joke but my maternal grandma always gives in to maintain the peace), her daughter-in-law (no monster mother-in-law stories here) and her grandchildren. she’s always thoughtful of her siblings too. my mum really looks up to her and has a great relationship with her. with 2 generations to model after, i can only hope to be more like her!

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    Nikki says:

    There is a woman in the town where I live that I met about 6 years ago and her first name is the name I would have given to my youngest son if he had been a girl, so of course I was instantly intrigued with her!  Plus, she is an active, beautiful older woman, with a straight forward, non-nonsense but still very gracious manner.  She is interesting to be around and talk to, she meets people all over the world and not only has interesting stories, she takes pleasure in introducing others (this has lead to friendships and business opportunities between others). The kind of woman that I’d like to be.  I’ve come to see, but not because anybody says it but because I was aware of her, how generous she is with her time and money.  She picks up trash in the community, she weeds the garden at the church, she gives rides on her horse to kids in the community, she offers to let people stay in the guesthouse or bunkhouse on her property. She built an awesome treehouse with a rope spiderweb for her grandkids to play in and invites over kids over to play with them.  She very quietly and gently picked up the bill for a group event that we both attended.  When a friend of mine was telling me about her post-post-partum depression she mentioned a woman that she had newly become acquainted with came right over when she told the group she was in how she could hardly function and was overwhelmed by her toddler and totally played with the baby and helped her get her household settled and kept coming over to help until her hormones settled and she didn’t feel so strung out anymore. She has donated money to countless church projects, community projects, local scholarship programs, but always quietly and privately. This woman is amazing, she shares her time, her stories, her connections, her resources, her money, she shares her whole self.  

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    Kate B says:

    My husband is the most generous person I know. After several years at a (well-paying) state job that he found unfulfilling, he quit to go back to school to get a masters of social work. He feels that if his day is not spent helping people, he’s not making the most of his time. Even though he is super-busy with his school work, he still volunteers at a handful of places that need his help, including at the free clinic run by the university medical students, as a patient advocate at a nursing home, and in the medical intensive care unit at a hospital. He also is unbelievably generous with his knowledge of both dog training and home improvement. He used to spend time volunteering with the puppy class at a positive dog training center we got to know when we had our dog and is always glad to sit and talk with someone who is having training issues with their dog and help them come up with a plan of action. He’s also helped multiple friends with house projects, using his skills to create a more beautiful and useful space for them. Finally, with our 11-week-old son, my husband is the greatest father. He is so kind and helpful to me and makes it a priority to find ways to help me squeeze in extra rest when he’s home, including getting up with our baby when he wakes at 6 every morning, so I can get a few hours of rest without a stirring baby keeping me up. Watching him grow into his role as a father has been such a privilege and I know my husband’s generous spirit will be demonstrated over and over to our son, who will hopefully grow up following in those footsteps.

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    Michelle elizabeth says:

    My sister is the most generous person I know (but don’t tell her I said that!). She’s always given me her time, which as the only two daughters in a family of 8, was a valued commodity! 

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    Susanna says:

    My mom is definitely the most generous person. She is always so eager to help and give up as much of her time as you need. She tips so generously and I love that I grew up thinking it was normal to tip so excessively. I strive to be as generous as her but it’s amazing how it’s so natural for her. 

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    Megan says:

    My husband. He freely gives of time, even when he’s crazy busy with work, and has a seemingly limitless supply of patience. He’s a daily inspiration to me.

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    ELIZA ELLIOT says:

    My mom is the most generous – always so giving and helpful. It is amazing to me how even while she has health problems she still goes out of her way to be helpful!

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    Sparrow says:

    While my husband was in law school, an older gentleman in our neighborhood befriended us. Out of nowhere, he would bring us a freshly baked (by him!) berry pie, or a bag of fresh peaches from the local stand or he would just drop by to see how we were doing. He had us over for dinner. He was a world-famous organist and he traveled to Europe constantly, and he would bring back pastries and beautiful Christmas ornaments for us. He had a huge garden and he would let us come and take from it whenever we had the hankering. These small gifts and kindnesses were huge to our family, who had to scrimp and save to pay tuition and rent and get through school. He quietly went about our small community doing this for many families, reaching out to them and being a true friend. And so humble. He would never stand thanks and simply gave hugs and encouragement. We moved away last year when my husband got his first JAG assignment, and just a few months after we left, they discovered tumors all over his body. He was gone within weeks. I’ve never had the phenomena of not being able to reach somebody. I just want to call him and tell him I’m thinking about him or tell him that my kids are still praying for him to get better. I hate that he is currently beyond reach. But I’m absolutely filled with gratitude for his dedication to people: to loving and serving and uplifting them. For listening with a sympathetic and kind ear. For constantly looking beyond his own selfish desires and earnestly trying to bring more light into the world. I miss him terribly.

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    Andrea Drummond says:

    My husband is the most generous person I know. He changed careers to help people. He’s currently returned to school for a degree in nursing that will hopefully carry him across the states if not the world trying to improve the health/lives of others.

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    Jennifer says:

    Annee, my friend of 15 years.  She is generous with her time, her love, and her talents.  Annee always makes time for a quick call to check in, she continues to send special snail-mail packages with letters and little gifts for my children, and every time we visit she fills our luggage with things she’s grown, baked, sewn, or just has to pass on.  She doesn’t feel that she has a lot – her family just gets by financially, and she’s raising her daughter away from extended family – and yet she gives everything.  She is full of so MUCH, and while I am fortunate to know and love many generous people, I really do feel blessed to have Annee in my life!

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    manda says:

    My mom. She is an amazing person and I just try and do for her when I can.

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    Cindy says:

    The most giving person I know is my father. He gives his time and his humor and his light to all of those around him. It is truly impossible not to smile when he is around.

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    Ellen L. says:

    The most generous person I know is my mother-in-law, who gives her time to her tiny community, her family, her social groups, her church and her own ill mother-in-law on an actual regular basis! It’s like she doesn’t know anything else but taking care of people–and she’s the happiest person I know because of it!

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    Charlotte D. says:

    My sister.  She does not have any children of  her own but has many nieces and nephews.  She loves them unconditionally.  She plays with them.  They love her equally.  My kids love it when she comes into town to visit and sad when she leaves.  

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    Sharon says:

    My daughter is the most generous person I have ever known. She bravely shares her heart with most everyone.