ORNAMENTS for Joy
Cottages and Bungalows|Fall 2021
EXPERIENCE ALL THE FUN AND MERRIMENT OF CHRISTMAS KNOWING YOU ARE HELPING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD.
Anne Brink

Want to experience the childlike fun and merriment of the Christmas season also knowing you are helping to make a difference in the lives of people around the world? Looking for ornaments that are fun, traditional, merry and bright? You need look no further than Ornaments 4 Orphans.

BOLD BEGINNINGS

Founder and CEO of Ornaments 4 Orphans (O4O), Scott Laslo describes the beginnings of the for-profit, fair-trade social enterprise dedicated to providing critical support for orphans and vulnerable children in Africa: “In 2010, my wife, Jamie, and I started O4O out of our love for Christmas and our passion for helping others.” O4O offers well-crafted handmade holiday products that express simple joys, unique designs, traditional offerings and whimsical delights.

The company sells handcrafted products made by artisans in Kenya, Uganda, Peru and Nepal, and the proceeds are invested back into the communities where they “work to provide jobs, fight poverty, encourage sustainability, keep vulnerable children with their families and prevent them from becoming orphans,” according to the O4O website.

Fair trade and charity are both part of the picture. One of the main tenets of the fair-trade movement is to provide artisans with a living wage “by paying a fair price for the goods we buy and then market and sell here,” says Scott. “By sustaining the artisans and their families … we are able to transform communities and see generational change to systemic problems. We also utilize charity (giving back a portion of our profits) to help at-risk families stay together and children get proper care and education.”

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM COTTAGES AND BUNGALOWSView All

A Gingerbread Cottage for Two

A Wisconsin couple use vintage-style lighting for kitschy Christmas charm

1 min read
Cottages and Bungalows
FMD Christmas 21

A Big Backyard for the Little House on Chestnut

A do-it-yourself dream comes true.

2 mins read
Cottages and Bungalows
October -November 2021

A Kit House for Keeps

A Sears Kit Home gets a new lease on life

2 mins read
Cottages and Bungalows
October -November 2021

Vintage Christmas at Your Fingertips

Take a peek at three women-owned shops that love vintage wares both old and new.

2 mins read
Cottages and Bungalows
FMD Christmas 21

Granny Chic Galore!

A homeowner’s holiday décor is an homage to Christmas at her grandma’s house.

5 mins read
Cottages and Bungalows
FMD Christmas 21

VINTAGE VIGNETTES

How to create unique and eye-catching displays of your most cherished pieces.

3 mins read
Cottages and Bungalows
FMD Christmas 21

A Homemade CHRISTMAS

A designer and seller of vintage pieces brings historicity to her home through Old World design and holiday décor sourced from flea markets and thrift shops.

4 mins read
Cottages and Bungalows
FMD Christmas 21

ILLUMINATING the Past

Tru-Tone Bulbs captures nostalgia with modern Christmas lights.

3 mins read
Cottages and Bungalows
FMD Christmas 21

CHRISTMAS with a Dash of Retro

JESSICA RICHTER, THE OWNER OF A DÉCOR POP-UP SHOP CALLED AT HOME WITH JESSI DEE, WAS BORN AND BRED TO BE A FLEA-MARKET SHOPPER.

3 mins read
Cottages and Bungalows
FMD Christmas 21

Yes, Virginia, Mrs. Santa Claus Is Real

A St. Louis collector shares her incredible passion for vintage Christmas.

2 mins read
Cottages and Bungalows
FMD Christmas 21
RELATED STORIES

HUBBY ABANDONS EPSTEIN MADAM!

Love rat deserts her sinking ship

2 mins read
Globe
December 06, 2021

DOWN WITH FEAR

The baddest new mountain biking trail in the country, Colorado’s Palisade Plunge gives you plenty of opportunities to walk and ride. Don’t be afraid.

2 mins read
Men's Journal
November - December 2021

Pivot: Scott Galloway

Super-Apps Are Inevitable Get ready for the first $10 trillion tech company.

6 mins read
New York magazine
November 22 - December 5, 2021

KOURTNEY & TRAVIS' BITTER EXES!

A SURPRISE ENGAGEMENT LEAVES KOURTNEY KARDASHIAN AND TRAVIS BARKER’S FORMER MATES STEAMING.

1 min read
Star
November 08, 2021

Flipping The Scrip

In 2011, tech industry veteran Doug Hirsch launched digital health care marketplace GoodRx with Scott Marlette and Trevor Bezdek. With 20 million people now using it every month to find affordable prescription medications, GoodRx has saved them $30 billion. Hirsch has continued to serve as co-CEO since taking the company public last year. We asked him how he’s kept it healthy through all the changes.

2 mins read
Inc.
October 2021

GLOVES ARE OFF IN KALEY DIVORCE

BIG Bang Theory alum Kaley Cuoco’s divorce is blowing up now that estranged hubby Karl Cook is fighting for everything that’s not nailed down, spies say!

1 min read
Globe
October 11, 2021

TIM & FAITH GET THE LAST LAUGH

Renew vows 25 yrs after doubters said it would never last!

2 mins read
National Enquirer
October 11, 2021

SCOTT DISICK: DESPERATE DAD

JEALOUS OF TRAVIS!

1 min read
Star
September 27, 2021

FTC ORDERS COMPANY TO QUIT SURVEILLANCE APP BUSINESS

The Federal Trade Commission has for the first time banned a company that makes so-called stalker were — software used to surreptitiously track a cellphone user’s activities and location — from continuing in the surveillance app business.

2 mins read
Techlife News
Techlife News #514

BIDEN BLUNDER SPARK BLACKMAIL TERROR!

Fears Russians can squeeze prez with info from Hunter's THIRD lost laptop

3 mins read
Globe
September 06, 2021