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Madu (left) and Banerjee (right) with First Fridays Group participant, Amaru (middle)

While many college students spend their campus years attending parties, drinking, and sleeping in, the group of young adults who competed in a recent tech for good competition are setting the bar high.

Nearly 50 students representing 22 countries around the world recently participated in Red Bull Basement University, a four-day workshop in Toronto, Canada, comprised of lectures, keynote speakers, panels, and individual mentorship sessions with global tech leaders and inspirational entrepreneurs.

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While Thanksgiving is meant to celebrate all we have to be grateful for, it's also the unofficial kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Last year, Americans spent about $1 trillion on gifts. What if we all used that purchasing power to support companies that reduce inequality, alleviate poverty, fight climate change, and help make the world better?

Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the coming days will have spending on everyone's brains. But in an effort to promote the companies doing good for the world, DoneGood founder Cullen Schwarz created Shop for Good Sunday (which falls on December 1 this year.)

Dubbed the "Alternate Black Friday," Shop for Good Sunday is dedicated to encouraging people to shop brands that do good for people and the planet. It also serves as a reminder to support local businesses making a positive impact in their communities.

While Shop for Good Sunday technically falls on a single day, this year, participating ethical and sustainable brands are running discounts for the whole week prior.

Where you invest your dollars matters, and there's great potential to put that money to good use if you know how. Check out these six brands that sell amazing products while also making a positive impact on the world. You'll not only be getting your loved ones meaningful gifts, but also making the world a brighter place along the way.

Isn't that what the holidays are really about?

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When the temperature drops and the sky turns grey, it can be hard to get out of the house. Sometimes all you want to do is get comfortable and watch Netflix on the sofa. Which is a perfectly acceptable Friday night activity, OK?! And if you're going to stay home, you might as well embrace your night in and be as cozy as possible. These eight items will likely make it so you never want to go outside, again. And we totally support it.

Oversized sherpa pullover jacket

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The closest thing to being pajamas without actually wearing pajamas. You can even wear it outside (if you somehow make it off the sofa) and look relatively stylish while maintaining maximum coziness, so win-win.

Zesica Sherpa Fleece Pullover, $36-40; at Amazon

Warm fleece PJ set

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There's nothing cuter or more comfortable than a matching PJ set, and this buffalo plaid pair makes the perfect pick for the holidays.

#followme Printed Microfleece Button Front PJ Pant Set with Socks, $25; at Amazon

Sheepskin slippers


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Because no one wants cold feet; this pair is made with 100% sheepskin.

Qwaruba Women's Cabin Slipper, $89.95; at Amazon

Pretty flannel blanket

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Curl up in your favorite spot with this beautiful flannel throw. And with eight color options, you'll surely find one that suits your style.

LOMAO Flannel Blanket with Pompom Fringe, $24; at Amazon

Tea gift set

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Can you be truly cozy without a hot beverage in hand? This tea set comes with everything you need to make the perfect cup.

Tea Forte Loose Tea Starter Set, $27.92; at Amazon

Bathtub overflow cover

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This genius invention lets you fill your bath all the way to the top, even if you don't have a clawfoot tub. Sink in deep and let your stress melt away.

SlipX Solutions Bottomless Bath Overflow Drain Cover, $7.99; at Amazon

Twinkle lights

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Hanging twinkle lights is an easy and cheap way to instantly make any room cozier.

Twinkle Star 300 LED Window Curtain String Light, $15.89; at Amazon

For fiddo

Best Friends by Sheri

Don't forget the puppers (or kittens) who know a thing or two about being cozy. This fuzzy donut bed will be your fur baby's new favorite spot.

Best Friends by Sheri Calming Shag Vegan Fur Donut Cuddler, $32-$116; at Amazon

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Andrella "Lashae" Jackson, a single mom of five, was pulled over by the Milwaukee Police earlier this month for having the wrong registration on her car. But when Officer Zimmerman approached the vehicle, he noticed two small kids in the backseat without car seats. Instead of giving her a ticket, he took it upon himself to help Jackson out during a difficult time.

"I see three kids in the backseat and two are very young. I didn't observe any child restraints or even seat belts and I asked why the kids aren't in car seats. She said she can't afford them at this time," Zimmerman told WTMJ-TV.



Jackson said with bills coming up and winter approaching, she would have to buy coats and boots for her children, so she didn't have the extra money to get new car seats.

"It was hard for me," Jackson told the news station.

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