Since getting sick almost 13 years ago, I've had to switch to mostly online shopping, so I was thrilled to discover that I could contribute to my favorite charities while shopping! It costs you nothing extra - the online stores have agreed to contribute a percentage of each purchase (the amount varies by store) to the charity of your choice.
Here are my two favorite ways to contribute while I shop - your first step should be to select your charity, then start shopping! Let me know if you know of others:
- iGive.com - click on "Stores" to find your favorite stores (or browse through their categories to discover new ones); click on "Causes" to select the charity you want to contribute to. I contribute to Solve ME/CFS Initiative (formerly the CFIDS Association) - my header on iGive says I have contributed $176 so far, and the Solve ME/CFS Initiative has gotten over $6000 so far from all shoppers!
- GoodShop.com - works similarly - choose your charity and start shopping!
BONUS! From now through December 15, iGive will donate an additional $5 for every new member who joins - just use the link above.
There are plenty of ME/CFS charities to choose from, including:
- Solve ME/CFS Initiative
- Fibromyalgia-ME/CFS Support Center
- CFS Foundation
- National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Association
The Solve ME/CFS Initiative has its own list of ways to "shop & give" this holiday season, including handcrafted items, ME/CFS awareness items, and ways to donate your eBay proceeds.
Have fun shopping...and helping ME/CFS organizations at the same time!
Addition 12/1: I forgot to mention Amazon Smile, Amazon's own charity contribution program.