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Did you know that there’s a special Amazon.com site…or perhaps just a special way to log in…that allows your purchases to also help support various charities? #smiley9
I just found out about this, so I have no idea how long it’s existed, but I LOVE IT!!! I mean, if I’m going to shop at Amazon, I totally want my purchases to benefit one of my favorite (animal #smiley21 ) organizations.
And it’s so easy to sign up!
Step 1 — Rather than visiting the regular Amazon.com URL, all you do is go to smile.amazon.com. (Remember to always go to SMILE.Amazon.com or bookmark it for easy access. #smiley15 )
Step 2 — Log in with your regular Amazon username & password.
Step 3 — A box will appear asking you to choose the charity of your choice. A square to the right will highlight a few of Amazon’s “Spotlight Charities,” & you can scroll through those until you find one you like. (Of course, I highly recommend the ASPCA or World Wildlife Foundation. #smiley20 )
But just below that is the option to “Pick your own charitable organization.” I’m sure there are dozens to hundreds to thousands of organizations connected to the Amazon Smile program, so if you know of one, you can input that information. Or search for your favorite charities to see if they’re involved.
Step 4 — Start shopping! From this point on, as long as you log on via Smile.Amazon.com, your purchases will help to support your charity. #smiley1
And don’t worry! If you ever change your mind about which charity you want to support or find out about a new one you didn’t know about before, you can always switch. Once you’re logged in, at the very top of the screen, on the left-hand side, you’ll see a bold yellow “Supporting” link. Your charity will be named there, but just click on that link & it will give you the option to change or search for a new charity. #smiley19
Christmas sort of got away from me as the New Year moved in, but in addition to sharing what we received for the holidays this year, I’d love to take a minute to find out what we all gave. :smiley81
Did you give anything to anyone that they just loved or that was truly appreciated?
I expected to spend Christmas Day alone because Madame Mommy Dearest was scheduled to pet-sit, but at the last minute, her job was cancelled. So even though we’d already done our sit-down Christmas dinner on the 23rd, we did it all over again on Christmas Day. :smiley67 Everything was delicious, too! We had turkey, stuffing, sweet potato casserole, green bean & carrot casserole, & cranberry dressing. It was all so good, I could eat it three times a day every day until next Christmas. :smiley72
I didn’t realize it at the time, but for about the third year in a row, I purchased almost all of my gifts for others from charity organizations such as The Animal Rescue Site. So not only did I get gifts to give, but my purchases raised money for some really great causes! :smiley88
I was also delighted to be able to donate more than a dozen giant bags of dry cat food to the Hundred Cat Foundation for their annual “Feed the Ferals” Food Drive. If I can’t rescue every stray/feral/homeless cat on the planet, the least I can do is provide much-needed food to help get some of them through the winter. :smiley11
In addition to a gift certificate to her favorite winery, I got Madame Mommy Dearest two adorable new tops. Both Christmasy, with cute little rhinestones here & there, but one with cats & the other with dogs. She loved them both so much, she couldn’t decide which to try on first! But when she did actually wear one out—the day after Christmas—she said she got tons of compliments. And she loves them because they’re comfortable, cute, & just her style. (FYI, MMD is terribly hard to clothes-shop for; she’s so particular & picky about materials, necklines, seams… Sheesh. :smiley64 )
I also got her a little notebook to keep track of all of her usernames/passwords because I get tired of her asking me what they are. How am I supposed to know that??? I have enough trouble remembering my own! :smiley58
And I found a replacement part for her hot air popcorn popper that she’d been bugging me about for months. (Yes, sometimes Christmas is about buying gifts that will get someone off your back for a while. :smiley62 )
It was also Princess Pippa’s First Christmas. So fun to have a baby in the house for the holidays! :smiley33
I got all of The Kittehs a few fun new toys, of course, but everything is so new & exciting to Pippa! She ate & ate & ate turkey from our Christmas dinner; I couldn’t fill her dish fast enough & had to wait until she was full before I could actually stop to eat myself. :smiley72 Then she played & played & played with crinkled-up wrapping paper & the new toys. And eventually, a couple of the others got to play with them, too. :smiley73
So all in all, I feel like I did a decent job of finding items my loved ones would like & use. How about you? :smiley57
Here’s another great site I stumbled across that helps shelter pets!
Their motto is: You buy. We give.
So as you shop for your own pets, you’re actually helping homeless pets. That’s what I call a win-win! :mat27
Please spread the word, & by all means—let the shopping begin! :may35
I stumbled upon this totally by accident, but am SO EXCITED about it! :may14
Online retailer Overstock.com is using their website & influence to help find homes for shelter pets! :may11
Not only can you search for a pet in your area or from shelters across the country, but they provide lots of great articles & links about pet care & adoptions.
And this is the message they share, which I absolutely love:
At Overstock.com, we believe every life is valuable. That’s why we’ve figured out how to use our technology to help the lives of homeless and abandoned pets. We’re providing this as a public service because a world where there are no homeless pets is a better place to be.
So spread the word. And the next time you’re looking to bring a wonderful new fur-baby into your home, be sure to check them out!