A little thing with a big result

phendrick went on a bit of a rant said

First off, I AM NOT advocating you shop at Amazon or give to the charity I’ve selected. There is even a good chance that if you shop elsewhere, you might save some money and have even more available to donate to a worthy charity through other channels.

BUT, IF YOU DO SHOP AT AMAZON, which I’m sure many here do, choose to have a (very) small part of that purchase go to charity, without costing you anything extra.

I received this email from Amazon a few hours ago:

Dear [@phendrick],
This is the quarterly notification to inform you that AmazonSmile has made a charitable donation to the charity you’ve selected, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, in the amount of $692,719.55 as a result of qualifying purchases made by you and other customers between January 1st-March 31st.
Thanks to customers shopping at smile.amazon.com or using the Amazon app with AmazonSmile turned ON, everyday purchases make an impact. So far, AmazonSmile has donated:
$14,988,074.76 to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital*
Over $355 million to US charities
Over $403 million to charities worldwide
Visit your AmazonSmile impact page to track donations generated or change your charity.

This process is super easy – just put “smile.” in front of the “amazon.com” when you go to sign in to shop there. and the first time you will get a “Get Started” button, which will take you to picking your charitable recipient. Again, “smile.amazon.com” to get started.
Then, whenever you sign in to your acct there, start by going to “smile.amazon.com” again before shopping. If you stay signed in, it will be automatic.

If you don’t do this, ammy will keep those extra fractions of a cent and send them on to Bezos aboard his yacht, instead of giving corporate a chance to beat their corporate breast about their helping a worthy cause.

The individual donations are tiny, but as you can see in the email report, they really do add up because of Amazon’s staggering volume of sales.

As my mathematical mind tells me, a billion times a tenth of a cent is $1,000,000.00, but a billion times zero is still zero. So do it.

If anyone knows of any other e-store that does this kind of thing, please post in a comment.