A Reason to Smile

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When I began my blog, it was with the intention of sharing all the little ways we can work together to make the world a better place. Well, here’s one that completely fits the bill. It is AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com). If you are an Amazon customer and you sign up for AmazonSmile, AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of all eligible purchases when you shop. It costs you nothing! You get the same products at the same price. On the surface 0.5% might not sound like a lot, but I drove past a bank that had a sign advertising 6 month CD’s for 0.4%. Really?! I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry. That is just pathetic. So here we have the opportunity to help the world for a better rate at absolutely no cost.

For a long time I supported the humantarian organization “Doctors Without Borders” (https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/). This is a wonderful organization that cares for people around the world regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background. Several years ago I was lucky enough to stumble across the book, “Doctors Without Borders: Humanitarian Quests, Impossible Dreams of Médecins Sans Frontières” by Renee Fox. This book made a very deep impression on me. I dare you to go on the Doctors Without Borders site and tell me that it does not tug on your heart. However, a few years ago I decided to change my AmazonSmile selection to “Charity:Water” https://www.charitywater.org/. only because I figured that water is the essential to all life. They are both wonderful organizations that do an amazing amount of good.

So far, AmazonSmile has donated $266 million to charities all over the world. The list of causes to pick from is virtually endless. But here’s a start: they have Pets and Animals, Environmental Charities, International, Arts and Culture, Faith and Spiritual, Human Services, Education and Youth, Health, and Veterans.

I wrote about AmazonSmile a long time ago, but I figured I’d write about it again, because it is worth mentioning. So far my purchases have accumulated $100 in donations, which is not a great sum, but it is better than nothing. And if we all accumulate our little sums together, just think of what we can accomplish!

Thanks for stopping by.


“Give what you have.  To someone it may be better than you dare to think.”                                               Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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