Online shopping you can smile about

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With the simple touch of a button, you can purchase almost anything without ever having to leave the comfort of your home, and with the bombardment of ads and promotions just a click away, it’s easier than ever to fall down a rabbit hole of spending online. Still, if you’re going to spend money, why not donate to charity while you’re at it? 

Amazon Smile contains all the features of the regular Amazon website, with one key difference: for every purchase you make on Amazon Smile, Amazon will donate 0.5% to a charity of your choice. It’s a win-win situation: you get to spend to your heart’s content—within the limits of your bank account, of course—and in the process, donate to your favorite charity. 

Amazon Smile also allows charities to make a wishlist of some of the most commonly requested items. This way, shoppers can help their favorite charities even more by directly giving them items they will use. Even better, purchasing those items on Amazon Smile means both the goods and 0.5% of the money go to the charity. 

The more you purchase, the more Amazon will donate, so there’s no better time to start than now. Whether you’re a casual shopper or you spend your money like it grows on trees, Amazon Smile will ensure at least some of it goes to a good cause. Go to Amazon Smile  and begin shopping today.

Over the years I have generated close to $5 for my charity of choice, Wikimedia Foundation (the nonprofit that keeps Wikipedia running and accessible to all). This number is negligible in the grand scheme of total donations Wikimedia needs, but as Amazon itself says, “when millions of supporters shop at Amazon Smile, charitable donations quickly add up.”

As a sophomore, Ella Gohari is entering her second year on the Patriot Post staff as the co-Editor-in-Chief for the print newsmagazine. A lover of words, Ella spends much of her time writing, whether it be an article, poem, short story or science research paper. She often writes while listening (and singing her heart out) to music, and is particularly fond of rock bands like Metallica, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. Her ultimate favorite; however, is Queen. Juggling many interests at once, she has been a science researcher with Mrs. Joykutty since 6th grade, and is now a part of the Sigma Xi Science Society. On the weekends, she volunteers with Village Book Builders and OTTER to teach underprivileged children in Florida and around the world. She is excited to co-lead the newsmagazine and can’t wait to see where the year goes.

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