Macy's hosts its 8th annual Shop For A Cause on Saturday -- a chance to save up to 25 percent off most regular and sale prices while raising money for local charities.
Since 2006, the program has generated $45 million for worthy nonprofit organizations across the country.
It works like this: You purchase a $5 savings pass from your favorite participating charity, at your local Macy's store or online on Saturday at Macys.com. Then use the pass all day Saturday [Aug. 24] to receive your discount. You'll also be eligible to win a $500 gift card
If you buy from your local charity, it gets the $5. If you buy your pass at Macy's or Macys.com, the money goes to the March of Dimes, the nation's leading nonprofit for pregnancy and baby health. Since partnering with Macy's, March of Dimes has raised more than $13 million from the promotion.
Macy's chief marketing officer Martine Reardon says the program gives shoppers "an opportunity to give back to those organizations that touch their hearts and lives each and every day."
So who's participating locally? The list is long -- elementary schools, food banks, churches, animal rescue groups, children's charities, organizations that help the disabled and those that promote artistry and music. But two in particular have worked hard to promote the campaign.
Volunteers For Community Impact is one. That's the charity that runs the Foster Grandparent Program, early literacy programs for disadvantaged preschoolers and mentoring programs for at-risk elementary- and middle-school students. It's selling the savings passes online via the charity's Facebook page or at its office (3545 Lake Breeze Dr. in Orlando) through 5 p.m. Friday.
HOPE in Oviedo -- an award-winning charity that helps prevent and reduce homelessness -- is the other. You can purchase a shopping pass at the nonprofit's thrift store, 149 E. Broadway St. in Oviedo -- and maybe do a little shopping there while you're at it. The thrift store is one of the region's best and helps fund HOPE's services.