When you’re doing your holiday shopping this year, don’t just pay; pay it forward. That’s the message of Fairhaven Gives Back, an annual event hosted by the Historic Fairhaven Association. Held two weeks before Thanksgiving, Fairhaven Gives Back helps holiday shoppers support local businesses as well as their favorite local nonprofits with each purchase they make. It’s a brilliantly simple idea: When shoppers make a purchase at participating Fairhaven businesses or restaurants, 10 percent of the sale is donated to the nonprofit of the shopper’s choosing from a list of up to 20 Whatcom charities. Since the event was first launched in 2013, Fairhaven Gives Back has raised more than $3500 for local nonprofits. Help make this the best year yet! Click here for more info, including a list of participating businesses and nonprofits.