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Another chance to shop for a cause -- this time, it's Heal the Bay

June 30, 2011 |  1:22 pm

Hourglass necklace 
There's no doubt that shopping therapy is a boon to many. But when your shopping benefits a cause -- well, some of us believe that practically earns the shopper a place in heaven (or, at the very least, a reprieve from that other place). 

This time out the beneficiary is Heal the Bay, an organization dedicated to keeping the waters off Southern California safe and clean.  The vehicle is a sale titled Buy the Bay, and the items include:

-- A miniature hourglass necklace that "holds local beach sand to remind us not to take for granted the precious time we spend in our beaches" ($100).

-- "Day at the Beach" scented candles ($30).

Sound of the sea -- A "Sounds of the Sea" glass shell  (at right)  crafted to capture the sounds of Southern California’s greatest acoustic venue -- the beach" ($150).

-- "Beach Babysitter" bubble set ($10).

-- "World's Tallest Sandcastle (Starter Kit)" ($15).

It seems our beaches need all the help they can get. A report released Wednesday said the number of times the nation's beaches were closed or posted with warnings because of polluted water jumped last year to its second-highest level in 21 years.

Just something to think about as we head off into the July 4 weekend. Besides, Christmas is coming ... eventually.


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 Photos: Hourglass necklace and glass shell. Credit: Buy the Bay