SOURCE: Gifts With A Conscience

April 23, 2008 11:00 ET

New Site Gives When You Give

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - A new Internet company, Gifts With A Conscience (GWC), enables gift givers to give twice. By purchasing an item through GWC the giver becomes part of GWC's effort to help people help themselves.

The companies that benefit through year end donations from GWC directly assist people who are trying to improve their own circumstances. This way the company meets its mission of helping to provide a hand up rather than a hand out!

Founded by Vivian Mueller, Missy Shackelford and Sue Spahle on the philosophy that 'A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats,' GWC launched their website in March 2008. The site features quality gift items for hostesses, girlfriends, co-workers, daughters, mothers, sisters, and colleagues.

One of GWC's signature lines is The Blessing Basket Project. Women in third-world countries, who are attempting to find their way out of bondage and poverty, make this diverse line of sturdy, useful, beautiful baskets. Made to be used and enjoyed over and over, these baskets also step up to meet today's "green" criteria.

There are many baskets on the market today, but only those with the Blessing Basket symbol pay weavers a Prosperity Wage, which is a sustainable living wage. Subsequently the women are able to support their families and help build infrastructure to improve the lives of people in their villages.

GWC's carefully researched and selected gift collections include delightful glassware, fun evening and specialty bags, original art products, coffee, tea, tempting confections and many other items. The partners invite you to view the full line on the site,

GWC is an extension of the partners' personal commitment to giving back. Through their gift lines they provide the opportunity for customers to give twice and enjoy knowing they are helping others as they share gifts. In addition, GWC partners plan to continually expand their partnerships with additional organizations that help lift others up.

The website was designed " to provide a calming, caring respite from the demands of the busy world." Offering a few moments to relax, save shopping time and enjoy browsing, they hope visitors will share feedback on the site, gift selections and especially their favorite causes. The partners will also include a blog on charities that will encourage customers to share experiences and ideas for helping others.

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