Saturday, April 21, 2012

Shopping



Ah, yes, it’s finally “S” day.  Naturally this was a tough letter because there are so many choices!  Simplicity, Sacrifice, Selflessness, and Serenity were all words that came to mind when I was planning today’s post.  But, after yesterday’s lengthy post about Cal Ripken, Jr. and the people from Energizer who came to help rebuild a home here in Joplin, I decided to keep things short and sweet around here.

So, I’d like to share with you the names of a few companies who give back a portion of their proceeds to various charities.  Most of these you will know about, but maybe a few (or at least one) will be new to you.  Hope you find something to love about these retailers and the organizations they support!

TOMS:  This company is so amazing it deserves its own post.  Oh, wait, I’ve already done that!  Here’s the scoop on TOMS: for every pair of shoes they sell, they donate a pair to a child in need.  Period.  No gimmicks or tricks - that’s simply how they operate.  The shoes are cute and comfortable, and the canvas makes them easy to customize, should you be so inclined.  The latest addition to their product line is eyewear: for every pair of sunglasses you purchase, they provide the gift of sight to someone in need.  And, of course, the sunglasses are cool.  And of course I own a pair. J

Starbucks:  It’s no secret that I love Starbucks.  My drink of choice?  Skinny vanilla latte, thank you very much.  So those days that I walk inside my local café and see a new service project the company is promoting are just the icing on the cake for me.  While they are not currently running this promotion, one of their most successful charitable endeavors was their Product (Red) partnership.  During this promotion Starbucks donated $.05 for every handmade espresso beverage they sold.  That’s a lot of nickels to help fund the global fund to fight AIDS!

Stella & Dot and Pampered Chef:   These two home party companies have graciously agreed to donate a portion of their sales to the Joint Council on International Children’s Services from now until May 12, 2012.  It's time for me to get a new garlic press, so I think I'll use this excuse to head over here and order one!

Kroger:  In 2011Forbes Magazine listed Kroger as America’s top retailer for donating to charities.  The corporation donated more than 10% of its pre-tax sales to various charitable organizations – the majority of them local groups designated by shoppers through their cash rewards program.

These are just a few of the many retailers who have made the commitment to participate in local and global awareness campaigns.  I believe that when companies give back to the communities that support them, everyone wins.

What local or national places do you shop at that give back?  If you had a store, would you sponsor a favorite non-profit?

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24 comments:

  1. I didn't know Starbucks and Kroger support charities.

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    1. I knew about Starbucks, but to find out that Kroger is so generous was a delightful discovery for me!

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  2. my sons' baseball & football teams use kroger cards. we do several charity functions as a team each year too. other sponsors we have are tide dry cleaning and texas roadhouse and coca cola. nowadays ou cant be in business without giving back!

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    1. Tara, you are so right. I have always felt that businesses should support their local communities as a way of saying "thanks" to those who shop with them. Seems the big corporations are taking this philosophy one step further!

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  3. When I saw TOMS on the list, I thought you were referring to the company that makes toothpaste! LOL. If Starbucks expanded their charitable efforts to include most or all items on their menu, then I would likely shop there more often. I don't drink espresso. I only buy cakes, muffins, sandwiches and tea at Starbucks. I'm familiar with Krogers and also heard of the Pampered Chef but don't think I've ever been a customer of either company. It's nice that they give to charity.

    I shop at Avon...I suppose they give back but I don't know. I thought they support the Susan G. Komen organization for breast cancer or something like that. Yes, if I had a store, I would sponsor a favorite non-profit...several actually, including the Word Wildlife Foundation and the United Way.

    ~Nicole
    Blog: The Madlab Post
    *Rockin' the A to Z Challenge!*
    @MadlabPost on Twitter

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    1. Nicole, I would love for them to have a pastry dedicated to the Product (Red) effort, also! What a great idea! I think you are right about Avon, it seems that I remember them being big sponsors for some Susan G. Komen events in the past. The World Wildlife Foundation and United Way are great organizations to support! Thanks for reading!

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  4. Then I guess I can justify my all-to-frequent Starbucks stops. :)

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    1. LOL - works for me! Thanks for the follow :-)

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  5. @ Tonja i thought same too.. Thanks for linking up in Exposure 99% weekday blog hop, i look forward for your blog..

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    1. Thank you , May, for stopping by :-)

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  6. It's always great to see big companies giving back to the community!

    Now following from the Blog Hop :-)

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    1. I agree - I hope it is a trend that is here to stay!
      Thanks for the follow!

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  7. I love the idea behind TOMS. I became aware of them after seeing him in a commercial. They sell their products in a few free trade stores around here. I think Target also contributes to various community charities too.

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    1. TOMS is by far my favorite business model for how companies can merge their desire to fulfill a need in society and still make a profit. These days I think corporations need to re-think what their goals are and what kind of impact they want to make on the world. You are correct - Target is also a very generous corporation, especially in the communities where their stores are located.

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  8. What a great idea, to post about companies that give back.
    I also love the Road Not Taken excerpt you have on the blog. This poem has been one of my favorites for a long time.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! I recently added the Robert Frost quote to the blog. Although I have read that poem many times, recently it just really struck a chord with me, and I find it defines my life, whether I like it or not. So, I decided it needed to be a part of my daily life to remind me to slow down and keep doing what I need to do for myself and my personal happiness. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  9. I love people like this, who are always looking at the bigger picture. Thank you for the post. Popping in from the AtZ Challenge.

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I agree - I think when those who have a bigger voice step up and force us all to look at the world in a different way, we all win.

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  10. great ideas--i think if i had a store, i would sponsor a different one every six months

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    1. Lynn, I think that is a great idea. Think of what a large impact you could have in your community if you gave organizations that much exposure!

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  11. OOPS! I should have saw this post this morning. My day is almost over and I have even MORE things to do tomorrow.

    ScribblesFromJenn
    Happy A to Z-ing!

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    1. Well, at least you got by here sometime today! Now hopefully I've given you food for thought! Thanks for stopping by :-)

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  12. Hi Dawn .. that's great that so many of big brands and smaller shops have entered into the spirit of the give-away and charity aspect after the dreadful tornadoes ..

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, it has really helped our community in so many ways!

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