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Shelley Hunter

Six Gifts That Help Fight Cancer

It’s National Cancer Prevention month. Six gifts that bring awareness and make a donation to the American Cancer Society.

gift card for American Cancer Society

Gifts that Give Back

Valentine’s Day isn’t the only big day in February. This month is also National Cancer Prevention month and February 4, 2015, is World Cancer Day. To bring awareness to the fight against this disease, I thought I’d share a list of gifts you can buy that may eventually contribute towards finding a cure. Below you’ll find six ways to make a contribution to the American Cancer Society (ACS) while buying the Valentine’s Day gifts you were already planning to buy.

1. American Cancer Society Mastercard® Gift Card has partnered with the American Cancer Society on a program called “Gift Card for a Cause” For every ACS Mastercard gift card purchased, two percent of the dollar amount of the card will go to ACS, and customers will have the option to donate an additional three dollars. Funds raised through this program will enable the foundation to further their mission “to help the most people, end the most suffering and save the most lives from cancer.”

The unique thing about these gift cards is that you can either choose one of the ACS gift card designs or you can upload a personal image to make your own gift card design–complete with a photo and a unique message. If you’re planning to give someone a gift card for Valentine’s Day, consider making it an ACS Mastercard gift card so you can give two gifts–one to the recipient and one to the fight against this disease.

2. Relay For Life Mastercard Gift Card

In addition to ACS cards, customers can also choose to spread the word about the Relay For Life (RFL) movement with Relay For Life Mastercard gift cards. Though the process works the same as the ACS card, the card designs bear the additional RFL logo and the money raised goes to the RFL effort. These gift cards can be used anywhere Mastercard is accepted and can be loaded with any value from $10 to $500.

3. AmazonSmile Foundation

If you’re planning to shop for Valentine gifts on, go through AmazonSmile Foundation first and select American Cancer Society from the list of available charities. If ACS isn’t one of the spotlight charities, enter the organization’s name in the “pick your own charitable organization” field at the bottom of the page. (If you already have a charity selected and want to change it, choose “Change your charity” in account settings.) A portion (0.5%) of the purchase price on eligible products will automatically be donated to the organization you select.

4. 1-800-Flowers

With flowers being one of the most popular gifts to give for Valentine’s Day, consider ordering your bouquet through 1-800-Flowers and ACS will receive $10 when you buy a gift for $39.99 or more and use the promotional code “HOPE” at checkout. There’s more than just flowers on this website. You can buy plants, gift baskets, keepsakes and more. Deliver two gifts this February when you order just one.

5. Charity Choice Gift Card

Unlike the Mastercard gift card where ACS receives a small percentage of the purchase price of the gift card and the recipient receives the remainder, a Charity Choice gift card donates the majority of the value (10% goes to administration costs) to the organization of the recipient’s choice. Select a Valentine’s Day gift card and deliver it to your sweetheart with or without a suggested charity in mind. When the cardholder (recipient) activates the card, he or she can select American Cancer Society from the list of available choices. This is a great way to give a gift in honor of someone you love.

6. Healthy Eating Cookbook

If you’ve got a foodie on your Valentine’s Day list, then check out the American Cancer Society’s Healthy Eating Cookbook with over 300 fabulous recipes or the Kids’ First Cookbook which is full of colorful recipes and cooking tips for children. Proceeds from these books go to ACS. Deliver these books with a heart apron and a homemade treat from one of the recipes in the book.

I don’t love talking about cancer. However, I do enjoy sharing gift ideas that help busy people join the fight without much effort. While one gift card or one teddy bear from Amazon isn’t going to cure cancer, I do hope that the collective contributions add up to make a big difference in the lives of current and future cancer patients.

Happy Gift Carding!

~Shelley Hunter, Gift Card Girlfriend

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