The owner and CEO of Seattle Chocolates, Jean Thompson, believes chocolate is “a way to connect, a gift, a salve.”
Jean and her company are dedicated to the community. While their chocolate is carefully sourced to make sure it is responsibly grown and produced, they also support and donate resources to “organizations that better the lives of American families specifically those groups dedicated to abolishing hunger.”
The chocolates are gorgeously packaged and delicious. I was fortunate enough to have an amazing package sent to me that included ridiculously yummy chocolate bars with flavors like Christmas Cookie and Hot Buttered Rum, along with a pretty red scarf, sunglasses and white fuzzy earmuffs. A personalized letter in the package encouraged me to donate the scarf and earmuffs to a local winter drive to further help those in my neighborhood. I’m pretty sure no one is going to be disappointed if/when they receive a gift like this.
This season Seattle Chocolates also has an “every chocolate gives” campaign going on where a serving of fresh food is donated to someone in need when a purchase is made online or in-store. The company partners with four local food banks, including the Food Bank for New York City, Greater Boston Food Bank, SF-Marin Food Bank and Northwest Harvest. A serving of food will also be donated when the hashtag #chocolategives is used.
The goal for the #ChocolateGives campaign is provide 1 million servings of food to people in need by December 31, 2015. More than 657,000 servings have been donated so far. You can read about how the donations work on their website. (I always love when companies share the specifics of how they give.)
If you’re looking for good chocolate this holiday season, definitely give Seattle Chocolates a try. The products taste great and the company gives back. You can’t go wrong. And don’t forget to share this post on twitter so that the hashtag will trigger another donation!
Disclosure: I received a package of awesomeness from Seattle Chocolates which inspired the writing of this post. The opinions and words are all mine.
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