I’m not a shill or anything, Amazon isn’t paying me, but they have a lightning deal on the coolest looking Cthulhu hats I have ever seen, going for $8.55. If you are both a) getting proper head attire to show respect to your master and b) purchasing through Amazon, the thing I really want to talk about is the charity program that Amazon has called “Amazon Smile.”

Basically, when you sign up through Amazon Smile instead of just regular Amazon, the company donates 0.5% of the purchase price to the charity of your choice. My sister is on the spectrum; she has Asperger’s Syndrome. A huge part of what has helped make her a happy, employed member of society with friends and a good life is an organization in our area called “InReach”. So I, of course, chose InReach as the charity organization for my purchases.

It’s not much money. I generally just buy things like toilet paper from Amazon because it’s less expensive and honestly it’s difficult for me physically to get out of the house and purchase and carry such large and unwieldy items. But I digress. It’s not much money, but it’s something. I told my friends and family about it, and they’ve now gone ahead and signed up for the Amazon Smile program to support InReach. They’ve helped change, and in many cases save, the lives of so many adults with disabilities. If you have a family member like I do, or have friends with a family member with a similar disability issue, I think it’s safe to say you understand how much good these places can do with just a small amount money.

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The great thing here is that this isn’t me asking you to do anything extra or go out of your way. All you have to do is go to Amazon Smile (or google it) and then select the charity of your choice. You can go local for something very specific, or you can go broad if you’re not sure exactly who you want to help support in times like these (think of the tragic situation in Haiti right now and parts of the eastern coast of the US).

Amazon makes it easy, and they’re the ones doing the donating. All you have to do is use the Amazon Smile portal instead of the regular Amazon site. The first time you go there you have to spend a few minutes picking which charity organization you want for Amazon to send the donation. It’s that easy, and it doesn’t cost you anything except a few minutes.

I shared part of my personal story here, and I’m sure many of you have similar stories yourself. The reason I brought it here is to bring the organization to attention because they do not do any advertising. For whatever reason, Amazon chose to only do this charity action by word of mouth. Well, word of mouth didn’t quite reach enough people for me. I wanted to make sure that everyone here had the chance to know they could help make the differences in the lives of others the next time they go to Amazon to buy a book, a video game, or stock up on some toilet paper.

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There’s more information at the link below:

Amazon Smile

(Oh! I almost forgot about the Cthulhu hats! Cthulhu Hats.)


Edit: I just want to make it perfectly clear that I’m not associated with Amazon in any way whatsoever. I am not encouraging anyone to buy from Amazon. What I am saying is that if you are going to buy from Amazon anyway, please consider using the Amazon Smile portal instead of the regular Amazon one. That’s all. Thanks for listening.