Shopping For a Worthy Cause This Holiday Season

Look closely at retailers promises when it comes to donating to charity. 

(Published Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017)

‘Tis the season of giving. So how about considering a gift that also lets you give back?

Some retailers donate a portion of their sales to charity, so why not give them your business? Well, maybe you should, but Consumer Reports suggests looking closely at the fine print, before you do.

Domino's Pizza is tweaking its home delivery service for those times you're not at home.
After years of delivery right to your doorstep, Domino's drivers will now deliver to outdoor locations.
That includes beaches, parks, landmarks, and other outdoor locations across the country.
Domino's says its drivers will deliver to 150-thousand locations from the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, to the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign.
The locations are now active and show up in the company's app or website as "Domino's Hotspots."
Customers pre-pay for their orders, select a location, and your pizza is on the way.
Previously, Domino's delivered to offbeat locations, but, the new service sets up designated drop off points.
The service was tested last fall in Miami before being rolled out nationwide.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

Ideally, it’s a win-win. But you gotta make sure that the companies are as generous as they want you to think they are.

Consumer Reports says the key, is transparency. So look on a company’s website, for information about its giving policy.

Amazon Smile, for example, states very clearly that they donate one-half of one percent of all eligible purchases to the participating charity of your choice.

You want to be skeptical if the retailer says it’s going to give a portion of the proceeds, but doesn’t tell you exactly how much. And, don’t give anyone your business strictly to support a good cause. Make sure you’re getting at least the same price and service you would get, if you shopped elsewhere. Because, for example, buying that 4-hundred dollar television, on AmazonSmile results in a donation of roughly two dollars. But if you can get a better price on a television elsewhere, you can always save yourself some money and go ahead and make that charitable donation, on your own.

Canadian lawmakers wore hockey jerseys on Monday to honor the victims and their families of that tragic bus crash in Canada that killed 16 people.
The bus was carrying the junior league Humboldt hockey team to a game when a tractor-trailer slammed into the bus.
Sixteen were killed and thirteen people were injured in the crash.
Today's remembrance was one of a number of events that honored the team and their families.
Earlier the lawmakers honored Rusty Staub, a major leaguer who played for the Montreal Expos and the New York Mets.

(Published Monday, April 16, 2018)

Consumer Reports also suggests taking a close look at return policies, before deciding where to make your purchases. Particularly during the holiday season. You want to be sure whoever you’re gifting to can make exchanges and returns, if they need to.