I know it’s already nearing Christmas and “giving” is in again. Well, it shouldn’t be like that but realistically speaking the word “give” really is being overused during the Christmas Season. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has a project of “giving in” for the season but is different from the sticker collecting of another coffee shop. Their difference is that the individual will just have to collect 12 stamps in order to get a notebook ( designed by Filipino artists) and YOU can also choose the advocacy you want to give your donations to. There are 12 advocacies you can choose such as: PAWS, Kythe, Caritas, Kagabay, Philippine Business for Social Progress, Bahay Tuluyan, Haribon, Cartwheel Foundation, Philippine Cerebral Palsy Inc, Philippine Band of Mercy, Resources of Blind. If you will analyze, thee groups have different advocacies: kids, blind, animals, environment, prisoners, indigenous people, cerebral palsy, etc… Isn’t that nice? YOU as a coffee drinker ( tea lattes drinkers are included of course 😉 ) can get to choose what you really advocate for and not be limited to just one when you do not know how much is the allocation of donation to an NGO. Last November 19 at Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf Bonifacio High Street, we were able to talk to some NGOs that are included in this project of CBTL. At that night, we were able to immediately give to an advocacy of our choice as we were provided by pre-stamped card. As for me, I chose Caritas’ Restorative Justice Program and this is intended for the Value Formation program for the detainees in jail.
How about you? To whom will you give it to?