Shopping for last-minute holiday gifts this week? You still have time to buy your presents online at AmazonSmile, and nobody on your list will know you procrastinated (again).
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon with the same products, prices and shopping features as Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop there, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates 0.5% of the purchase price on eligible products to a charity of your choice.
You can choose from almost a million charities, schools and other nonprofits, but here are some registered organizations that benefit the ostomy community.
Friends of Ostomates Worldwide – USA
Friends of Ostomates Worldwide-USA (FOW-USA) is a volunteer run non-profit organization that collects donated ostomy supplies from individuals and organizations in the United States and sends them to ostomates in need around the world.
Girls With Guts
Girls With Guts is an organization with a mission to empower women living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease and ostomies. They've established a national support network, programs and events to share stories of confidence and promote self-esteem.
Gutless and Glamorous
Gutless and Glamorous is dedicated to supporting those living with chronic illnesses and ostomies. Founded by ostomate Gaylyn Henderson, their mission is to erase negative stigmas through ostomy awareness campaigns and "Fun, Fearless, Fellowship" events.
Intense Intestines Foundation
Ostomate Brian Greenberg started Intense Intestines Foundation to raise awareness about Inflammatory Bowel Disease. IIF helps patients with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and ostomies live a healthy lifestyle through connection, support and education.
Ostomy 2-1-1 is a non-profit organization offering support to ostomates, their families and caregivers. They have a public and private Facebook page, and emergency-based pantry for ostomates in the United States who need assistance with ostomy supplies.
Quality Life Association
The Quality Life Association aims to educate people of the latest advances in ostomy options and meet the needs of continent ostomates, which includes: the Barnett Continent Intestinal Reservoir (BCIR), Kock Pouch, Indian Pouch, and J-pouch.
United Ostomy Associations of America
The United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc. (UOAA) is an association of affiliated, non-profit, support groups dedicated to improving the quality of life and advocate for people who have or will have an intestinal or urinary diversion.
Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society Foundation
The need for WOC nurses is increasing because the role they play in addressing the needs of ostomy patients is critical. The WOCN Foundation provides education, clinical research and scholarships to ensure this specialty career continues to thrive.
Youth Rally Committee
Kids and teens with bowel or bladder conditions can benefit from Youth Rally. This fun week-long summer camp for ages 11-17 provides education about medical conditions, ostomies, self-care, encourages independence, and promotes self-esteem.
Happy online holiday shopping! We hope that everyone enjoys a safe holiday season.