Saturday, November 26, 2011

Shop for a Cause

Posted By on Sat, Nov 26, 2011 at 6:00 AM


Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Extra-Special Tuesday, One Day Sale (at least until next week, when we'll just have another one)—there's nothing quite like peer-pressure shopping.

But if wrestling little old ladies in housecoats under the florescent lights of a mega retailer for one of three $5 Twister games while the sun is still hours away from the horizon just isn't your favorite way to mark the season, there is some relief. You can still get your holiday gift-buying out of the way, but without feeling like you need a shower and some penitence.

First up, Small Business Saturday. The Small Business Association is promoting what we're sure it hopes will become just as catchy as Black Friday, but with a more local focus. The idea is for consumers to spend their holiday dollars shopping in local small businesses. It's the second year for the event, designed to pump more money into the types of businesses shown to put more back into the community.

Want to give something that helps others far more than any lame Chia Pet ever could? The International Rescue Committee is offering the chance to help improve the lives of refugees around the world in the name of a loved one.

Gifts given as part of Rescue Gifts go to help refugee communities around the world, and include things like helping buy critical supplies for delivering babies ($24), buying a flock of chickens for a family ($30) or paying for a full year of schooling and supplies for a child ($52).

The person in whose name you buy the gift will get a card or e-card explaining the program. And since what would any charity be without a T-shirt, anyone who spends more than $75 will get a T-shirt donated by Threads for Thought. Rescue Gifts can also be purchased through Saturday, Dec. 24, so you can combine your need for doing something good with your urge to procrastinate.

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