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Ways to Give to Charities While Shopping

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Do you relish the IRL Christmas shopping experience or are you averse to setting foot inside any store between December 1st and 25th? Either way, here are a couple of reasons to make a point of not only going to a couple of stores, but actually buying specific merchandise.

IKEA and Mr. Broccoli

At IKEA, if you buy a stuffed "Mr. Broccoli" toy, like the one below, you help improve education worldwide.


In other words, for every IKEA Soft Toy or children's book you buy through December 24, IKEA will donate one euro (approximately $1.35 US dollar) to the worldwide education improvement initiatives of Save the Children and UNICEF.
The “Mr. Broccoli” soft toy can be bought in-store and online for $7.99, along with other furry IKEA friends and children’s books. Children and parents can track “Mr. Broccoli” on Facebook and follow @Broctweets on Twitter as he reports live from Save the Children education programs in Bangladesh, China and Vietnam. It’s a great learning tool for children to learn about other cultures.

Kohl's Cares

Kohl's Cares is another program which supports educational charities through the sale of soft toys and children's books. One hundred percent of the net profit of the sale of this merchandise, each item costing $5.00,is donated to support kids' health and education initiatives in communities nationwide. Since 2000, they've raised more than $180 million through the Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program.

These are not the only retailers who sell  "cause merchandise," but they're a start.

Do you know of any other retailers who sell similar "cause merchandise"? How will you contribute to them this year?

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