Make a little, give a little – that’s the approach companies all across the nation are taking when it comes to giving back to the community. From small businesses with a charitable spirit to large corporations donating large portions of their profits, the business world is giving back. Here are five companies that are showing a little love to the communities around them.

A Coat for Every Child

There are plenty of ways to give back to the community from starting a local food drive to creating a nonprofit in your neighborhood. Anton’s Cleaners in Lowell, Massachusetts takes the giving spirit to heart with its Coats for Kids donation drive, which is held every year.

The Coats for Kids drive encourages local neighborhoods to donate their warm weather gear. Anton’s cleans every article of donated clothing free of charge before giving it back to those in need. In 2013, the Coats for Kids drive donated over 65,000 articles of clothing to the local community.

Local Love on a National Level

Grocery stores are everywhere, which spells opportunity when it comes to giving back to local communities. Whole Foods Market is doing just that with its 5 Percent Days Drive. With a farmer’s market mentality, Whole Foods stores everywhere in the country hold community days where 5 Percent of their sales go to local nonprofits.

Additionally, Whole Foods also donates food from each of its nationwide stores to community food banks and shelters. The grocery store also encourages its customers to give back during the holidays through store donation bins.

The Gift of Sight

From groceries to eyeglasses, Stanton Optical has eyeglass donations in each of its Ohio branches. All of the eyeglasses donated go directly to the Lions Club Recycle for Sight program. In addition, Stanton Optical gives back to the community by making generous donations to the Sparrows Nest Cherry Street Mission, a shelter for homeless women in need.

The giving doesn’t stop there because Stanton Optical also sponsors many local and national charitable organizations like the Epilepsy Society and New Eyes for the Needy. Because of their community outreach and philanthropic support, Stanton Optical won The Sphere of Influence Award in 2013.

Hiring Help

The old proverb that teaching a man to fish will feed him for life is something that Better Life Bags takes to heart. Rebecca Smith started Better Life Bags in Detroit, Michigan with the idea that hiring unemployed Detroit women is a smart way to give back to the community. Now, three years later, Better Life Bags helps many unemployed Detroit women earn a living through their bag-making skills.

Clean Giving

Sometimes the best kind of charity is giving in times of need. Such is the case with Tide and its Loads of Hope program. Through the program, Tide transports energy-efficient washers and dryers to areas affected by floods and tornadoes. The mobile laundromat is deployed in disaster areas all across the country to provide laundry options to locals until power and water is restored.

It’s easy to see that when companies give back to the community, it changes lives for the better.

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