Amazon.com rocks, dudes.
It really does. I’m not big on pushing a lot of corporations with endorsements, but I find myself making an exception in this case. Yes, I understand that Amazon.com is making things harder for brick-and-mortar stores (especially book stores) and other local places of commerce, but. . . well. . . It’s just so darn convenient for me.
I’m a member of Amazon Prime, which means I pay a piddling fee and I get free two-day delivery, lots of free streaming movies and other great bennies. It’s totally worth the money to me.
And here’s the thing: Amazon is making an actual effort to give back to the community, to my community. It’s giving %0.5 percent of my purchases (and I make a lot of them) to a charity I choose.
In my case, the charitable giving is going to The Fletcher School, a school in Charlotte that is for kids with learning disabilities. Zippy the College Boy graduated from there and Hyper Lad is a ninth-grader in the school right now. It’s a great place and I’m thrilled we’re able to give to its mission every time I purchase something on Amazon.com.
The thing is, Amazon.com isn’t doing this only for me. The company will donate to your favorite charitable organization also. All you have to do is start all your shopping at smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com. You go there, designate the recipient of your giving and then you’re done.
Simply make sure you put smile. at the beginning of every Amazon.com web address (URL) and you’re good to go.
Here’s the skinny, direct from Amazon.
|If you want Amazon to donate to the charity you’ve selected, you need to start each shopping session at the URL http://smile.amazon.com. You can type smile.amazon.com into your browser’s address bar or bookmark it to make it easy to return to AmazonSmile. When you start at smile.amazon.com Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the charity of your choice.|
Sounds easy enough. And it is.
Go on, dudes. Give it a shot. Designate a charity and get shopping.
I like it, mostly because it makes me feel slightly less guilty for buying all the stuff there and having all those cardboard boxes to recycle later.