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The holiday season is almost upon us! One of my favourite parts about this time of year is that everyone gets a little more generous and takes the time to indulge those they love. Get in the charitable mood early by taking part in these design initiatives for a good cause.

EQ3 has teamed up with the Michaëlle Jean Foundation to create the Generation Art Challenge, which allows Canadian youth to raise awareness about social issues through art.

Youth age 15 to 30 were invited to submit original artwork depicting their dreams and aspirations for our country, inspired by the theme: Imagine…A better community. The drawings and paintings of the nine winners were made into a limited-edition line of home decor accessories for EQ3, including graphic notebooks, postcards, ottomans and pillows.

One of these colourful notebooks is on my wish list!

Full proceeds of the project will benefit FMJF youth initiatives. The Generation Art winners will receive mentorship, networking and workshop opportunities with EQ3 design professionals. The unique line is available in stores and online at EQ3 now.

Urban Barn is also getting into the holiday spirit this month with their charitable campaign, Blanket the Country in Warmth. With every $5 donation made, the retailer will donate a brand-new Urban Barn fleece blanket to a local homeless shelter.

While you're out shopping for everyone else on your list this Christmas, give a little extra and keep those most in need warm through the winter. To participate visit any of Urban Barn's 41 locations across the country.

Loblaw's Everyday Essentials line has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Canada for the second year to create an exclusive charitable item. This year they've produced a beautiful woven throw in a soft cream hue.

The blanket retails for $19, with net proceeds from each sale benefitting the charity. Get cosy and help a good cause!

Photo credits:
1-3. EQ3
4. Urban Barn
5. Loblaw

Author: 

Chloe Berge

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