Holiday shopping is just around the corner.  Some of you may have already started it, many of you are probably thinking about it.  If you tend to shop online, try giving AmazonSmile, a division of Amazon  ( a try.  Just enter AmazonSmile instead of Amazon, and you will be directed to their site.  When you purchase through AmazonSmile, they donate 0.5% of the price of your purchase to the charitable organization selected by you.  There is no cost to either you or the charity.  You pay the same price you would normally pay, and if you subscribe to Amazon Prime, you will still receive the same benefits, including two-day free shipping.  I know that 0.5% doesn’t sound like much, but it does add up.  I was directing my donations to Water, but since the recent hurricanes, I changed it to UNICEF.  So my UNICEF donations have been $38.33, just in the last two months.  That’s $38.33 that UNICEF would not have received from me.  To date, all participating charities have received $62,069,818.82.  Now THAT is impressive!  There are almost a million charities to choose from, including the American Red Cross, Water, the American Heart Association, Best Friends Animal Society, and Against Malaria, to name a few.  Or you can enter the charity or location that you are interested in supporting and AmazonSmile will search through its bank of charities to attempt to find one that matches.  Just another easy way to bring a smile to someone’s face.

A photo by frank mckenna.

Keeping this entry short and sweet.  Spread some love!


“Life is made up not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things,  in which smiles and kindness and small obligations, given habitually, are what win and preserve the heart.”

Sir Humphrey Davy


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