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slides: One-Click Local Charities for Cyber Monday 2012

Monday, November 26, 2012

 

Take a break from your Cyber Monday online shopping to click for good right here in Rhode Island. Here are 10 ways to spread some holiday cheer in just a few minutes (and without leaving your desk).



 

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Shop for the cause

Shop and donate

This is a win-win. Go to Goodsearch.com to do some online shopping, and a percentage of your purchases will benefit one of 54 Rhode Island charities you choose, from human services and environmental to arts and education organizations.  It's easy. Once on the site, you'll be asked "Who do you GoodShop for?" If you don't have a local charity already in mind, type "Rhode Island" into the search engine and choose from the list.

Click: Go to Goodsearch.com, choose your charity, and get back to shopping!

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Share local love

Donate to United Way of Rhode Island

Not sure where you want your money to go, but know you want it to help your fellow Rhode Islanders? United Way of Rhode Island makes it easy. Go online to donate to its Community Impact Fund, and your money will pour right back into organizations that are at work locally, right here.

Click: Go online here to donate to the Community Impact Fund.

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RiverzEdge

Order holiday cards today from RiverzEdge

This catchy assortment of holiday cards are silk-screened by at-risk youth in Woonsocket's nationally recognized arts education and entrepreneurship program. The cards are also designed by Riverzedge youth, so you're also promoting local desigers-in-the-making. Order them today and you'll be spreading cheer within the week.

Click: Get this and other holiday cards here.

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Meeting Street

Order holiday cards today from Meeting Street Center

Another great way to spread the message of joy, love and caring this season is to order your holiday cards online from Meeting Street Center in Providence. Featuring bright designs created by Meeting Street students, packages are just $15 each. Because of a printing donation from Blue Cross Blue Shield of RI, all proceeds go directly to programs at Meeting Street.

Click: Start shopping this moment, right here.

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Fight hunger

Support Edesia, an innovative local non-profit targeting global hunger

It's a click heard 'round the world. Go directly to Edesia, the Providence-based non-profit whose life-saving Ready-to-Use Foods are making headway against childhood hunger in countries like Dominican Republic, Congo, Chad and Sierra Leone, and you can target a gift to one of these high-risk areas of the world. $25 can provide a one-month supply of peanut-based supplement to a starving child; $50 can feed a child for two months.

Click: Join their latest drive, Project New Day, here, with just $12.

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Amos House

Support Amos House's works in a friend's name

With one click, you can be online and making a donation to one of Rhode Island's great programs, which continually innovates how best to serve communities in need. A gift of $75 can provide prescription support for a person with a medical need; $100 can fund meals for 50 homeless men and women.

Click: You can give and honor a friend or loved one, here.

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Gift cards that give

Use Network for Good's Good Cards to give local support

If you haven't explored this social networking site for all things charitable, it's an incredible resource for giving, and general feeling good. One of the best innovations for holiday time are Good Cards, gift cards for loved ones that they can use to support the causes of their choice.

Click: Get going on gift cards here. You can also donate to local causes registered here.

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Register to save lives

Register to save a life as a Marrow Donor

It's the easiest thing going to see if you qualify for the National Marrow Donor Program, and with the Be The Match Registry a few minutes online could end up saving a life.

Click: Start here, fill out a quick questionnaire and you'll be sent the rest of the testing materials. For more information, go here.

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Buy a bangle

Shop Alex and Ani's Charity by Design collection

Get your girlfriends gifts that they'll love and that will do some good at the same time. Jump online to Cranston-based Alex and Ani's Charity by Design collection, here, and pick bangles to both delight and support. Some of the causes are national in scope, while others, such as this Ribbon of Strength bangle that supports the Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Foundation, are pure Rhode Island.

Click: Shop here at Alex and Ani for charity-loving bangles.

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Become a monthly donor

Use JustGive to sign up for monthly support of a local cause

We all know that the holidays inspire many of us to give generously. But Rhode Island charities and organizations need support 12 months a year. Use the quick clicking database of JustGive.org to search RI-based charities, pick your favorite, and with just one more click, you're on your way to being a monthly donor to organizations like Women & Infants Hospital, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, theatres, and many more. You'll also be able to see pop-up budget information on each organization to see where your money will be going.

Click: Go here to sort Rhode Island charities.

 
 

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