NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Each year, an increasing number of retailers partner with charitable organizations just in time for the holiday season. The arrangements help charities collect much-needed donations and help retailers ingratiate themselves to the public.
They are also convenient for donors though, who are not only busy but also are more susceptible to charity scams come Christmas time. To get an idea of which cause your shopping bucks might go to, MainStreet rounded up the retailers that will partner with charities this holiday season so you can plan your shopping and your charitable giving together.
Toys R Us is once again partnering with the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation to provide holiday gifts to more than 7 million children across the U.S. From now until Dec. 4, Toys R Us and Babies R Us stores nationwide will accept new, unwrapped toy donations to distribute to needy kids. Cash contributions can also be made online at Toysrus.com/ToysforTots through Dec. 24.
Pepsi and 7-Eleven are partnering to help feed families this holiday season. Through Dec. 31, Pepsi will donate five cents from each 20-oz. Pepsi product purchased at 7-Eleven locations to Feeding America, a nonprofit organization that provides emergency food assistance to 37 million Americans every year. Customers can double their donations by “checking in” to 7-Eleven on Facebook. Pepsi said it will donate up to $250,000 to the cause.
Grocery store chain Stop & Shop will be holding its 22nd annual Food for Friends program from Oct. 28 through Dec. 8. Customers will be able to donate $1, $3 or $5 at their local Stop & Shop to hunger relief organizations in their local communities or their region. Those who donate $5 will be given a $5 coupon booklet from Kraft Foods, while supplies last. Stop & Shop says its goal is to raise more than $2 million this holiday season.
Petco will collect food for pets of cash-strapped families for Thanksgiving. Pet lovers can drop off dog or cat food at their local Petco from Oct. 30 to Nov. 13. Hill's Science Diet has also agreed to match every bag of Science Diet cat or dog food purchased at a Petco store and donated to the Food Drive up to 100,000 pounds.
Payless has pledged to give away 50,000 pairs of new shoes in December through a network of hundreds of local charities. The retailer has given away $3.4 million in free shoes to children in need since its Payless Gives campaign was launched in 2008. Customers aren’t being asked to donate, but Payless is currently looking for nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada to apply to receive donations. Interested organizations can do so on the Payless Gives website.
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