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Lima Cares 2010

Posted by Ali on January 13 at 03:50 pm

Lima Beads customers have been helping us support charities since 2004. When you place an order at Lima Beads, you’ll notice the option to choose a charity at the bottom of your shopping cart. Lima Beads will donate a portion of the profit from your order to the charity you select. This does not add any cost to your order — we just like to let our customers decide where our charitable donations should go. You are the reason we’re here and the reason we’re in a position to help others. Thank You!

It’s that time of year again to choose the charities we’ll be supporting in 2010. This year we have some wonderful causes we’d like to support. Voting will be based on category. Choose your favorite charity from each category below. We’ll be supporting a total of 6 this year. Voting will be open through January 21, 2010, so get your votes in soon!

Environmental Organizations


Greenpeace is the leading independent campaigning organization that uses peaceful direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future. (more…)

Beyond PesticidesBeyond Pesticides

Beyond Pesticides seeks safe air, water, land and food for ourselves and future generations. Beyond Pesticides works with allies in protecting public health and the environment to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides. (more…)

Animal Organizations

World Wildlife FederationWorld Wildlife Federation

We seek to be the voice for those creatures whom have no voice. We speak for their future. We seek to apply the wealth of our talents, knowledge, and passion to making the world wealthier in life, in spirit, and in living wonder of nature. (more…)


The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was the first humane organization to be granted legal authority to investigate and make arrests for crimes against animals. Our organization provides local and national leadership in three key areas: caring for pet parents and pets, providing positive outcomes for at-risk animals and serving victims of animal cruelty. (more…)

Humane Society of Huron ValleyHumane Society of Huron Valley

Our mission is to support the loving, responsible care of all animals in our community by ensuring proper, nurturing care, for the animals in our shelter; placing all adoptable animals in loving homes; reducing pet overpopulation; providing education and outreach; and stopping animal cruelty. (more…)

Children’s Organizations

BGCSMBoys & Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan

Since 1926, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan has provided high quality youth development programs, sporting activities, events and a safe haven for children from all walks of life. (more…)

Eastern Michigan Food BankThe BackPack Program

The Backpack Program is an undertaking of the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan which attempts to reduce child hunger, educate students on proper nutrition and promote healthy lifestyles. (more…)

Women/Mothers Organizations


The mission of One HEART is to save the lives of women and children, one birth at a time. Saving the lives of Tibetan women and their children is of utmost urgency for the survival of the Tibetan people and culture. (more…)

Women Thrive WorldwideWomen Thrive Worldwide

Women Thrive develops, shapes, and advocates for policies that foster economic opportunity for women living in poverty. They focus on making U.S. international assistance and trade programs prioritize women. (more…)

Grameen FoundationThe Grameen Foundation

At Grameen Foundation our goal is simple – we want to see poor people, especially the poorest and those living in harder to reach areas, have access to microfinance and technology and as a result of access to these services, move themselves out of poverty. (more…)

Food Organizations

Food GatherersFood Gatherers

Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in our community by: reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and non perishable food; coordinating with other hunger relief providers; educating the public about hunger; and developing new food resources. (more…)

Oxfam AmericaOxfam America

Oxfam America is an international relief and development organization that creates lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice. Together with individuals and local groups in more than 100 countries, Oxfam saves lives, helps people overcome poverty, and fights for social justice. (more…)

Health Organizations

The Michigan DifferenceThe Michigan Difference

The Michigan Difference as it relates to medicine in the 21st century is about ideas, about people intensely dedicated to using those ideas to make the world a better place. (more…)

Susan G. Komen for the CureSusan G. Komen for the Cure

At Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, we are committed to ending breast cancer forever by energizing science to find the cures and ensuring quality care for all people, everywhere. (more…)

DMC Children's HospitalDMC Children’s Hospital

With more than 40 specialties, the Children’s Hospital of Michigan sees more kids and trains more pediatric medical and surgical experts than any other hospital in the state. (more…)


Thanks for taking the time to help us pick the organizations we’ll support together in 2010. For more details and to see the charities we supported in 2009, please visit the Lima Cares page.

Update: Haiti Relief Effort

In response to the tragic series of earthquakes on January 12 that devastated Haiti, Lima Beads will be redirecting our giving for the entire month of January to the American Red Cross to assist in emergency relief and recovery efforts. For those who’ve placed an order in January and are curious, we’ll still factor in the charity you selected for our end of year giving.

Read the comments (or add your own)

  1. Lynn Eileen Chicky LE
    Lynn Eileen Chicky LE says:

    Thank you, LB, for choosing such deserving charities for me to indirectly donate to through you! It makes me feel really good to be associated with such a wonderful, giving company!!! :D

  2. movie chick aka susan
    movie chick aka susan says:

    Ditto on what Lynn wrote!!! :)

  3. K DePolis
    K DePolis says:

    Thank you. May God Bless you for the love and care you are providing to others.

  4. fishprincessdesigns
    fishprincessdesigns says:

    It was hard to chose-thank you for thinking locally as well as globally!

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    Shawn l says:

    yes just as fishprincessdesigns commented..thanks for thinking of local groups that need support. so very much appreciated

  6. Steph
    Steph says:

    LB’s great

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    Classy Chick JbyJill says:

    Thank you, Lima, for giving back!!

  8. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    ‘Ditto’ what Jill said, and thanks for giving us our choice!!! :-D

  9. MaryAn Lebron
    MaryAn Lebron says:

    You guys are amazing! It makes me feel so good to be able to help others while doing something I love – buying beads! Lima Beads rocks!!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    You guys are great!!!

    I hope the World Wildlife Federation is chosen as the “animal organization”. I feel like the wildlife needs to be taken care of because so many new homes and shopping centers (bead shops are great LOL…but that never happens around here unfortunately) are being built and all the forests are being torn down. ;)

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    btw: I’ve not been getting the LB email recently (the Lima Lunch Specials or the New bead ones)!!!

    I hope I get it today (hint)! :D

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    jaclynwcharternet says:

    I would choose the group that will be most helpful to the current Haiti situation.

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    D Meyer says:

    Hi, thanks for this opportunity and for all you do.

    But I’m wondering if, at least for the next few months, you could add Haiti relief as an option. It is so badly needed right now.

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    krissy4453comcastnet says:

    Interesting choices, thanks for doing the legwork on this. My jewelry making is used as a fundraiser for all the charities that I’m interested in. Most people are eager to help others, sometimes that just don’t know how-you’re giving them a great chance to make a difference.

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    Faithful Chick aka Faith says:

    Not many companies care enough to get involved and give back. I commend you all for giving and allowing us to be a part of your giving each time we make a purchase.
    Miss Faith. I Thank You All.

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    Debbi aka Sparkle Chick says:

    Thank you for giving back and letting us help choose from such amazing organizations.
    You are truly wonderful people who know what it means to have a giving heart.

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    Victoria M says:

    I’d like to suggest Defenders of Wildlife be considered as an environmental group. The Humane Society of Riley County, Kansas is a very worthy all volunteer organization that fosters and cares for animals that would otherwise be euthanized at the local city animal shelter. Contact me for more information.

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    Elizabeth K says:

    Just popping in to campaign for Oxfam. They are under dire stress with mega need in Haiti and will be for the foreseeable future. Are the donations sent out monthly, weekly or just at year end? Thanks so much for the program and allowing us to vote!

  19. Crystal Jewels
    Crystal Jewels says:

    I love that the LB team is so giving. Would it be possible for you to consider Haiti for a little while, at least until the end of the month?

  20. Steve
    Steve says:

    Hi all–we’d like to thank everyone for sharing your comments so far. We have a quick update, which is mirrored in the blog post above. For the entire month of January, our giving will be redirected to the Haiti Relief Effort through the American Red Cross.

    For everyone that placed an order and selected a charity so far in January, we’ll still count your votes toward the end-of-year giving. For the rest of the month, though, the only charity you’ll be able to pick before checking out is the Red Cross. We feel this is necessary given the gravity of the situation in Haiti.

    As always, we appreciate your thoughts and feedback. And thanks for helping us donate!

  21. Sandra Martinez
    Sandra Martinez says:


  22. Claire F
    Claire F says:

    You guys are great!! Thank you for giving back! :)

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    Science Chick Runs Sibes says:

    Thanks for giving back, LB. And, for letting us be a part of your equation.

  24. Elaine aka Belly Chick
    Elaine aka Belly Chick says:

    I’m so glad that LB added the Haiti Relief Effort to your list of charities! They need it so badly! Thanks!

  25. Valentine Chick
    Valentine Chick says:

    Awesome idea LB!! ;)

    KPJEWELS says:

    Thanks for adding the Haiti Relief Effort to the list of charities. We hope we’ve helped in some small way with our orders. Evelyn & Crystal.

  27. Ali
    Ali says:

    Hi everyone!

    I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you for taking the time to vote on our 2010 charities.
    All of the organizations are wonderful groups, some of which we have personal connections to.

    We love that you care too!

  28. Jeanne S
    Jeanne S says:

    It’s a wonderful idea, and I feel a lot less guilty about my order!

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    Luv2bead - Little Chick says:

    Just to let you guys know, I’ve not been receiving emails from you for at least a month!!! HELP!!!!!!!! :(

  30. Dionisia
    Dionisia says:

    Charity should start at home and I love it that you selected local charities. There are so many people in need nowadays that sometimes I feel guilty for having everything I need to survive and some.
    LB I am grateful to be part of your great virtual community!
    Thanks for caring!

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