SMILE While You SHOP, and Make a Difference for MVO

 In General, Ministry Village

Do you shop on Amazon? If so, did you know you can donate a % of every purchase to Ministry Village at Olive?! It’s easy through the Amazon Smile program!

Amazon began their charitable giving program – Amazon Smile – in 2013. “We’re offering customers a way to support charitable organizations around the country that’s simple and automatic,” said Ian McAllister, General Manager, AmazonSmile. “We think customers will love the opportunity to support their favorite organizations without changing how they shop, and there’s no cap on how much Amazon will donate.”

Ministry Village was designated an eligible AmazonSmile 501(c)(3) organization in 2015, and has been receiving disbursements every quarter since. We currently have 55 customers supporting MVO through AmazonSmile. Over these 5 years, the dollars and cents donated from those 55 supporters have added up to more than $600. It might seem an insignificant amount, but considering that it cost our supporters nothing more than a few clicks of a mouse when they were making a purchase anyway, that $600 has made a real impact at MVO. It helped purchase items for the food pantry, the homeless ministry, and the women in the Charis House program.

As explained in Business Insider, “Since it is the AmazonSmile Foundation directly making the donation for you, you won’t pay extra for anything when you use AmazonSmile. However, this also means you won’t receive a tax deduction. The program is … an easy way to supplement your existing charitable contributions to your favorite organization.”

Originally only available through desktop computer purchases, Amazon recently updated Amazon Smile to work through their Amazon mobile app as well. So no matter how you shop – on your computer or on your phone/tablet – you can make your shopping dollars go even further!

The steps are simple. Start at www.smile.amazon.com. You will be asked to sign in to your Amazon account (or create one if you are new to Amazon). Once you are signed in, you can search for Ministry Village at Olive, Inc., and then select it as the charitable organization that you wish to support. You can change your choice at any time, and choose from nearly one million eligible organizations. After you have selected your charity choice, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price from any eligible purchase made through the AmazonSmile link every time you shop. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

Be sure to start on Smile.Amazon.com each time you begin shopping at Amazon. If you start at this page each time you make a purchase, Amazon will automatically donate a % of your purchase price to Ministry Village. Yes, it is really that simple!!! This small change in your online shopping can make a big difference for us.

For FAQs about Amazon Smile, visit their Amazon Smile page.

We appreciate everyone who supports Ministry Village, and we hope you will consider making MVO your designated charity of choice through Amazon Smile. If you would like to learn other ways you can support the work that Ministry Village at Olive does in our community, contact us. There are many ways you can help our ministries, and we would love to have you join us as we shine God’s light throughout the Gulf Coast.

The mission of Ministry Village at Olive is to put the words of Jesus into action throughout our community – “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40, NIV) If you are looking for a place to demonstrate kindness to others for the glory of God, give us a call. For more information on Ministry Village at Olive, Inc. and its work in the community, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MinistryVillage, on Twitter @MinistryVillage, visit their website, MinistryVillage.org, or call (850) 473-4466.

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