When shopping for their kids, most moms think about how they can save a few dollars without choosing clothes and other items that will embarrass their children. Where you shop, though, can affect more than the quality of the items and the amount of money you spend. The next time you need to purchase something for your children, consider buying from these three retailers that give back to kids.
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JCPenney partners with dozens of nonprofit agencies to make the world a better place. The retail store’s Afterschool Fund, however, is one of the most successful programs dedicated to improving the lives of children. The JCPenney Afterschool Fund provides donations to nonprofit organizations that encourage children to make smart, healthy choices. For instance, the fund often partners with the YMCA to teach kids about the importance of exercise.
Considering that about 17 percent of children in the United States are obese, few things hold more importance than keeping them active after school. Instead of letting kids sit in front of the television all evening, JCPenney funds programs that show young people that they can have fun and feel healthier when they spend time playing and getting exercise.
The next time you plan to shop at JCPenney, get coupons from the GoodSearch website. You can also visit the Coupons for Good Facebook page for discount opportunities that will help you save money while you support JCPenney’s charitable efforts.
The world’s largest online retailer lets shoppers donate a percentage of what they spend to charities of their choice. The AmazonSmile program donates 0.5 percent of your purchase to a qualifying nonprofit organization. If you want the money to benefit your kids, you just have to choose a 501(c)(3) organization that works with children in your area.
The next time you want to buy something from Amazon, make sure you designate a charity. AmazonSmile will automatically set a portion of your purchase aside to help your favorite nonprofit thrive.
Once you set up your AmazonSmile account, every purchase will benefit the nonprofit you choose. Even if you don’t shop online frequently, your charity will appreciate the money it receives.
JCPenney isn’t the only corporation trying to help kids make healthier lifestyle choices. Reebok also donates money to causes designed to make children healthier. In 2013, the Reebok Foundation committed $30 million to a before-school physical activity program. More recently, the foundation announced that any presidential candidate who could run one mile in 10 minutes could choose a charity to receive $50,000 from Reebok. Reebok often issues challenges that benefit a wide range of nonprofits, including those that support the needs of kids.
You can save money while supporting Reebok’s efforts. Before you go shopping, download coupons from the GoodSearch website. Coupons for Good also has a Facebook page where you can find Rebook coupons.
Shopping isn’t just about comparing prices and product reviews. Where you shop can also influence the world in which your children grow up. By choosing a company that gives back, you get to make the world a better place for all kids.