Holiday Gifts that Give Back

Supporting the causes that mean the most to you and your family can be a great way to celebrate the holiday season. As you start thinking about holiday gifts, there are many ways to give back and support food allergy education, research, advocacy and awareness programs – from purchasing a FARE membership for a family member, to books, clothes and jewelry that help support food allergy awareness. You can get your holiday shopping done and start making a difference today!

Membership
The gift of membership is one that makes an impact every day in the lives of the individuals and families affected by food allergies and anaphylaxis. Your gift gives the recipient access to our outstanding member benefits, while connecting them with other individuals and families managing food allergies.

MassCanvas Food Allergy Awareness T-shirts
Kids and adults alike love wearing these shirts to help raise awareness about food allergies. They were designed by professional designers and selected by you! Below are the official winning designs, sold in support of FARE’s mission – 20% of net proceeds go to FARE.

 

Holiday Cookbook
Stuffed with more than 150 tempting recipes, this cookbook offers helpful tips for substituting foods, cooking, and hosting safe celebrations throughout the year. With many common allergens avoided in every recipe, this will be your first reference for festive, allergen-free recipes.

Children’s Books

Nutley the Nut-Free Squirrel
This educational picture book about a squirrel with a nut allergy is written by a mother of three children with food allergies. Reading it to your children or in a classroom can help raise awareness about food allergies in a fun and entertaining way. All proceeds from the sale of the book go to FARE!Nutley_cover

Mangos for Max
Written by a food allergy mom, this children’s book aims to introduce food allergy to preschool and young elementary school children in a gentle manner. The author is donating 10 percent of proceeds from the book to FARE.

What Treat Can Ruben Eat?
By writing this book, food allergy dad John-Ruben Aranton hopes to educate more people on the potential dangers of food allergies and raise awareness to help create a safer environment for his daughter and others. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to FARE.

She Beads and He Beads Food Allergy Awareness Bracelet
The perfect gift for someone in your life who wants to raise awareness about food allergies in style! From every bracelet sold, $12 will be donated to FARE.

MedicAlert “MyVoice” Program and Medical Identification
Wearing medical identification at all times can help give you peace of mind that you are prepared should a life-threatening reaction occur. The MyVoice program is there for you to help communicate your vital medical information in an emergency situation. In addition to a 10% discount on new memberships, 20% of the proceeds from new and renewing memberships through the MyVoice program will support FARE.

More Items Available in FARE’s Online Store
From educational booklets and training tools, to more cookbooks and food allergy awareness materials, FARE’s online store has a variety of resources to help you live well with food allergies.

Thank you for your continued support, and we wish you a wonderful holiday season!

FARE Kids Who Care: Making School More Food-Allergy-Friendly

Whether eating in the lunchroom or playing team sports, navigating food allergies at school can sometimes be hard for kids. Nicole Dunham and Ryan Smith each came up with fun and positive solutions to help meet their needs at school, and in turn were able to raise awareness about food allergies and make a difference. We hope you’ll share these stories with your children or friends to give them ideas of how they can inspire improvements and spread the word about food allergies in their schools too!

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High school senior Nicole Durham, a  cross country and track runner, didn’t let the abundance of shelled peanuts at sporting events stop her running career – even after having breathing issues that forced her to withdraw from a state race. This setback prompted her to focus her senior project on peanut allergy, with the goal of educating, creating awareness, and raising money to help researchers find a cure. As her final project, she successfully lobbied administrators to restrict the sale of shelled peanuts in her school district and at school activities. She also raised $1,000 for FARE by selling “No Nuts Allowed” water bottles, hosting a sweatpants/gym short day fundraiser, and collecting personal donations.

Read more about Nicole’s story in her own words.

ryansmithFirst-grader Ryan Smith won a raffle at his school to be “Principal for the Day.” That day, teachers could wear casual clothes if they made a donation to the charity of Ryan’s choosing. He chose FARE without hesitation, and collected extra donations from his 9-year-old sister and family. In addition to raising funds, the Smith family also helped push the school to offer milk-free pizza in the cafeteria. Even though they hit a few snags along the way, Ryan wasn’t willing to give up on working with the school nutrition office to provide a safe pizza. Now he and other students in the school with milk allergy can enjoy pizza along with their friends.

Nicole and Ryan should be proud of themselves for making a lasting impact on their schools that will help students with food allergies for years to come.