By Kate O’Neal
Whew! That holiday season flew by. I’m sure everyone can relate to all the preparation that goes in to the holidays, and it seems like in a snap, they’re gone! I had a lot to be thankful for this holiday season, like my first Christmas with my husband, Travis, and time with both our families, specifically with my little niece and nephew, Jean and Arthur, who are making their debut on Tuesday Tips.
Once the holidays are over, everyone is back to their daily grind. Plus, you have the added nuisance of cleaning up around the house, packing up holiday decorations until next year, making room for the new gifts and throwing away all the trash you’ve accumulated.
I am an avid Amazon shopper and try to avoid shopping malls as much as possible. With this approach, boxes quickly pile up, leaving my recycling bin full to the rim for a few weeks straight. To help with the clutter, Amazon has paired up with Goodwill for a FANTASTIC cause, and one that I am very happy to share with everyone!
If I told you there is a solution to remove all the leftover boxes around your house, and at the same time you can rid your house of some of the clutter, for FREE, would you believe me? Probably not. Well, Amazon has teamed up with Goodwill to benefit not only you, but communities across the country.
How does this work? It’s simple. Make sure your old shipping boxes are empty, and fill up each box with clothing, accessories, household goods, etc. that you no longer want. Visit GiveBackBox.com, print your shipping label, and drop it off at the UPS or USPS closest to you. Your box will then be delivered to the nearest participating Goodwill location.
Really, it’s that easy! Go to the website, click “Print Label,” enter your information, and a label is automatically generated. I used this myself and it couldn’t be any easier. Also, once your box is delivered, you will receive an emailed tax receipt.
Amazon isn’t the only retail store participating, but it is the largest. I’d like to also give shout outs to Overstock, Loft, REI, Levi’s, Asics, Newegg, Ann Taylor, Uncommon Goods, BonTon, Vivaterra, ecru, Bonobos, Scrubs & Beyond, eBags, Lou & Grey, and Cherry Mad, as the participating retailers. Goodwill sells the goods you donate throughout the country and the revenues help support employment placement, job training and other community-based services, according to Amazon.
Amazon continues to amaze me, not only for their amazingly quick delivery and selection, but for their support of the community. If you want another way to help the community, visit AmazonSmile. You can choose a charity to support, at no cost to you. Instead of going to the main Amazon site next time you have some shopping to do, if you use AmazonSmile, you’ll find the same prices and selection and a portion of your purchase is automatically sent to the charity of your choice.
If you prefer to make a difference locally, Network 1’s non-profit clients are featured and I’m sure they would appreciate the support! Consider selecting Center for the Visually Impaired, Inc., The Atlanta Botanical Garden, Inc., Developmental Disabilities Ministries, Inc., or Georgia Food Industry Association, represented through Georgia Food Industry Education Foundation Inc., as the non-profits you choose to support on AmazonSmile!
With multiple years’ experience working with clients in many industries, Kate brings her skills and positive attitude to Network 1’s team, clients and partners. She strives to provide the best service and solutions to her clients so they can achieve greatness through Worry-Free IT.
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