by Toni Pogue
Shoppers looking for gifts and stocking stuffers this year can find a number of items that benefit City of Hope. The holiday season is filled with opportunities to give — twice.
Charity shopping malls
Two online malls make it easy to shop for presents while benefiting City of Hope. Web sites iGive.com and Giveline.com showcase companies that donate a portion of the profit from purchases to buyers’ charity of choice. Shopping there costs nothing extra, and shoppers can “earn” up to 30 percent of their purchase as a donation to City of Hope. Merchants include Overstock.com, Target, Red Envelope, Circuit City and 1-800-FLOWERS. Users can designate City of Hope as their chosen charity upon creating an account.
Grammy-award winning entertainer Olivia Newton John has named City of Hope as the exclusive beneficiary from sales of the Olivia Breast Self-Exam Kit and Breast Health Dietary Supplement, available at 4,500 Walgreens locations nationwide. Through Feb. 28, 2007, 10 percent of sales will support City of Hope, with a minimum guarantee of $50,000. To learn more, visit www.walgreens.com.
Universal Companies, one of the nation’s largest suppliers of spa products, has created “The Pink Glove” campaign to benefit City of Hope’s breast cancer program (www.thepinkglove.com). They have produced a lightly powdered, latex-free vinyl pink glove with an embossed ribbon logo for use at spas, salons and beyond. The gloves sell for $9.99 per box of 100. For each box of gloves sold through Aug. 31, 2007, $5.50 — or 55 percent of the purchase price — will be donated to City of Hope, with a minimum guarantee of $50,000. (Per-box donations decrease if shoppers order more than 500 boxes, however.)
This holiday season, O-Cel-O™ scrub sponges “Clean up for the Cause.” 3M will donate 10 cents from specially marked packages of O-Cel-O scrub sponges to City of Hope for breast cancer research, treatment and education, with a minimum donation of $50,000. These packages feature O-Cel-O scrub sponges with pink ribbons printed on the scrubber.