Cupcakes, cookies, cakes, galore! Yes, you read that right. There is a all vegan world bake sale coming to a neighborhood near you! April 24th through May 2nd is the 2nd annual Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale. You may be asking, what exactly is the Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale? It is a two week vegan baked goods extravaganza that raises money for a variety of causes in the vegan world sponsored by Compassion for Animals. The first year it was put on, 2009, they were able to raise over $25,000 and were voted “Veg Event of the Year” by VegNews Magazine.

The best thing about this event is it is completely DIY. Anyone, that means even you, can participate! You do not have to belong to an organization or non-profit to hold a sale. The producers of the event invite all people to join in and raise money! What a great way to expose people to the delights of vegan baking as well as raise money for animal rights. There are only two rules to Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale, first rule, don’t talk about Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale….ok, ok that was too easy, but we just had to throw in a Fight Club joke. But really there are two simple rules to abide by:

1) ALL baked goods must be Vegan (learn more about Vegan baking)

2) Nothing sold or given out at the sale should directly promote the harm of animals.

Herbivore Clothing Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale Tee

Seems pretty simple! There are already great events lined up all over the world including Europe, Australia, Brazil, Finland, Singapore, and the US. Find out if any sales are happening in your area. If not, plan an event yourself! All you have to do is lock down your details and fill out this simple form. Your event will be posted on the website and promoted worldwide. If you aren’t sure exactly how to plan a sale, take a look at these handy Bake Sale Tips. And if you want to make your event official or if you just want to promote this awesome event, Herbivore Clothing has released a pretty cute official Worldwide Vegan Bake Sale Shirt, a portion of the sales go to various animal sanctuaries and vegan organizations.

Even if you can not plan an event, please check your local area to attend an event and add them on Facebook. This is an exciting, inclusive event which will help educate the mainstream, as well as introduce people to the tasty and satisfying world of vegan baked goods. And to top it off, it raises money to fund animal rights and vegan organizations. We can’t find a single thing wrong with this event and look forward to attending some in our neck of the woods. Happy vegan baking or consuming! :)

Thanksgiving can sometimes seem gluttonous and maybe you don’t want to spend your day overeating and drinking. Never fret, however there are great and charitable events you could attend instead. In case you want a break from the loud family chatter, the mounds of food, and the holiday shopping sales, you might want to take look at this list. There other ways to celebrate the holiday that reminds us of our gratitude for all we have.

Turkey Trots: All over the country, in most cities there are marathons on Thanksgiving Day and many of them are to raise awareness or money for a charitable causes. For instance Boston has its annual 5K Road Race to benefit the  Central New England Chapter of the MS Society. There are hundreds of these Trots all over the country. Find one near you on this helpful Turkey Trot website, which lists local races as well as helpful running tips.

Turkey Day Rides: If running is just not your style, there are also hundreds of Turkey Day Bike Rides. Before feasting upon a meal, burn some extra calories while promoting alternative transportation and raising money! For example, Milwaukee hosts its annual 2 hour ride which is free to the public. Sacramento, CA also hosts a huge Turkey Day Ride, it is in its 23rd year. It’s a family event and people of all ages are welcome and is followed by a feast. The ride is really underground and grassroots and proceeds go to local and national charities. Guaranteed your town has a local ride as well and you can find many on your local bicycle associations.

Charity Yoga: Maybe runs and bike rides have a little too much cardio action. If you are looking for a little something more relaxing and soul soothing way to spend your holiday check out charity Yoga. Tacoma, WA hosts such an event. The yoga classes are free Thanksgiving Day with a suggested donation of $25 and all proceeds go to the Tacoma Rescue Mission. Other cities have similar events and check your local listings for Thanksgiving yoga.

We want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and no matter how you spend it. And it makes total sense to kick back and enjoy your family or to get involved in charity events. Either way use the holiday as a time for reflection and to give thanks to those who came before us and for what we have today.

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