We Americans are a people with a conscious. We are a generous and giving people. We are also…well, SHOPPERS! Are the two mutually exclusive? Can we shop and be charitable? Certainly! Tommy Hilfiger helps us combine our love of others and our love of clothes with his clothing with a cause!
You’d be hard-pressed to find another designer who is more interested in outreach and helping others. Last spring Tommy introduced the Millennium Promise Collection. Kate Holmes helped introduce this clothing with a cause which helps raise funds for Millennium Promise, a non-profit organization working to combat extreme poverty in Africa. According to their website, since 2009, Hilfiger has made a significant difference in the lives of residents of Ruhiira, Uganda through a five-year, $2 Million commitment to the Millennium Villages Project. If you check out the website you’ll be stunned by their success there! (Millennium Promise Collection Gulu Shorts, $40 // Millennium Promise Collection Script T-Shirt, $31 // Millennium Promise Collection Carltonville Skirt, $31 // Collection Sunglasses, $145)
This is not the only Tommy Hilfiger charity, though. The Tommy Hilfiger Corporate Foundation, started in 1995, has helped empower youths with programs and partnerships around the world that help build and promote healthy communities by supporting education, health and cultural programs. Some examples of their work include over $1.2 million in 2012 for programs that address at risk youth and families, autism awareness and research, and education. Camp Tommy, founded in 1999 by a $2.5M grant, offers outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and outdoor educational programs that encourage team work and cooperation. The foundation also supports the Fresh Air Fund sending more than 9,000 New York City children, from predominantly low-income areas of NYC, to camp every summer.
This story warms a girl’s heart… Hilfiger invites high school girls, who would otherwise be left without a new prom dress, to pick out an entire prom outfit for free (yeah!) – dresses, shoes, handbags and accessories from items donated by employees and stock from local Tommy Hilfiger stores. Compared with their other work this may seem trivial but what a difference this makes in the life of a teenage girl.
There are so many other worthy causes supported, programs developed and supported by Tommy Hilfiger charity foundations…you should really check out their website. While you’re there you may notice that Hilfiger has simplified your fall shopping by putting together a variety of classic Tommy styles you NEED. Why not do your part to support these worthy causes by shopping ‘the look‘ (examples below)?