Rants and raves about burning topics that have caught my attention midweek, be it greedy corporate shenanigans, frustration or joy in regards to the Philly sports teams, a movie, show or DVD that has fired up my imagination, an intriguing personality, or what’s happening in the region. — Lori Hoffman, Associate Editor, Atlantic City Weekly.
Even if you have finished a large portion of your holiday gift shopping, perhaps you are still looking for some quick last minute gifts. If so, may I suggest gifts that give back to the community? For example, the wonderful Marine Mammal Stranding Center at 3625 Brigantine Blvd., Brigantine depends on its gift shop, with t-shirts, sweatshirts and more as the primary way it raises money to keep helping marine mammals in need. The gift shop is open 10am-2pm Saturday and 11am-2pm Sunday. You can also order from their website .
As someone who has rescued stray cats, including my current companion Jordi, I’m a big fan of the feral cat rescue organization Alley Cat Allies. The group helps feral cats all over the country with their trap-neuter-return policy to keep the cat colonies healthy and under control, including the Boardwalk Cats Project right here in Atlantic City. Go can visit their website to purchase gifts that help the felines including cat calendars, clothing and more. You can even purchase gifts that feature the Boardwalk Cats, like a mug and a T-shirt (pictured).
Gilda’s Club (http://gildasclubsouthjersey.org/), an organization that helps families facing cancer, has a way to help their organization when you shop. By signing up for Igive.com and designating Gilda’s Club as your charity of choice, you can shop on the I Give website, which features many of your favorite on-line stores and know that a portion of the money is going to Gilda’s Club.
At the Seeing Eye website you can order the 2015 Seeing Eye Puppy Calendar, as well as mugs, T-shirts, plush puppies with a Seeing Eye bandana, eco-friendly tot bags and more.
The Wounded Warrior Project and website helps soldiers who served their country and paid the price. The website features a wide assortment of “Believe in Heroes” gear including a holiday ornament, game day folding chair, mug, auto sunshade, grill master apron and more.