PhiLAnthropist Gift Guide
Tom's Shoes donates one pair of shoes to a needy child for each pair purchased. Photo by Emily Lerman/LAist
Waking up early for Black Friday's "doorbusters" sounds like the anti-fun. So here are some of LAist's Holiday Picks for the philanthropist in you, none of which involve any malls, massive stores or long lines. All of these gifts have a charitable element to them, benefiting mostly local or national organizations so you're really giving two gifts and making lots of people happy. And you feel good. Everybody wins! Onto the gifts that keep on giving...
Finding Grace: The Face of America's Homeless, $100; Supports Homeless Health Care Los Angeles
Purchase a signed copy of Lynn Blodgett's book Finding Grace: The Face of America's Homeless from Homeless Heath Care Los Angeles and all proceeds go directly to HHCLA. The book tells the story of homelessness through the lens of photographer Lynn Blodgett. He traveled throughout America stopping in the parts of cities and towns "where the homeless would gather for shelter and protection. On these ruthless streets he would put up a white backdrop, and start photographing anyone who would place themselves in front of his camera." Four years and 1500 men, women and children later, Blodgett created the book to "let people meet these people and care about them." Since 1985, HHCLA has provided heath care and housing services to 100,000 homeless in LA.