Thanksgiving is a wonderful day to think about all we are thankful for. I hope you enjoy this Thanksgiving Day, and remember this holiday season that giving is more rewarding than receiving.
Ways to save
■ Xerox will send a free printed postcard to U.S. military personnel stationed overseas. http://www.letssaythanks.com/Home1280.html
■ Starbucks will contribute $1 to the Global Fund, with $15 in any (RED) purchase. As a thank you, Starbucks will give you a complimentary “All You Need Is Love” CD while supplies last.
■ Drop your letter to Santa in to Macy’s Santa’s special letterbox. Macy’s will count them up, and for each letter received, they will donate $1 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation
■ The Ronald McDonald House will be at the interior entrance of Dillard’s in Fayette Mall from 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 19. Dillard’s will sell the Southern Living Christmas Cookbook to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charity for $10. All the proceeds will benefit the local Ronald McDonald House.
You can also purchase the cookbook online. Just www. Dillards.com and Southern Living in a search engine.
■ Proceeds from a handmade olive branch holiday wreaths from Lindsay Olives go to The Meals On Wheels Association representing programs that provide meals to people in need. www.lindsayolives.com
■ St. Jude Children’s Research hospital receives 100 percent of proceeds from your purchases. www.stjude.org/shop
■ GoodShop.com is an online marketplace that has partnered with more than 1,000 retailers to donate a percentage of purchases to charity. Search by name or state to find local charities. www.goodshop.com
■ Brings Pets Home is a non-profit charity organization devoted to helping animals. Each time you buy from one of the 150 partner shops, a percentage is donated to animal shelters nationwide. www.bringpetshome.org
■ One hundred percent of the Lush Cosmetics’ Charity Pot hand and body lotion retail price is donated to several nonprofits, including Oceana, Bicycles for Humanity and Amazon Conservation Team. www.lush.com
■ Save your Rite Aid receipts dated Nov. 22 – Dec. 24. Enter your information at www.riteaid.com. You will get $20 back when you spend over $100; get $10 back when you spend $51 - $100 or get $5 back when you spend $25 - $50.
■ Throughout the holiday season, visit eBay Giving Works page to see auction items. Proceeds are donated to non-profit organizations.
■ Purchase $100 in gift card from Carrabba’s, 1881 Plaudit Place, to receive a $20 bonus card.
■ Buy $100 worth of gift cards from Bonefish Grill, 2341 Sir Barton Way, this holiday season, and receive a $20 bonus card and a chance to win the $5,000 for yourself and $5,000 for a local charity.
■ Receive four separate $25 bonus certificates when you purchase $100 worth of The Melting Pot gift cards. The restaurant is at 152 W. Tiverton Way.
■ Purchase a $10 Subway Gift Card and receive a free cookie
■ From Dec. 1- 24, patrons who purchase gift cards at any Bluegrass Hospitality Group Restaurant will be able to designate 20 percent of the cards amount to Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Bluegrass. Just print out the letter on the Ronald McDonald House Charities Web site www.rmhclexington.com and take it when you make your purchase. Bluegrass Hospitality Group gift certificates are good at any Malone’s, Sal’s Chophouse, Harry’s, Drake’s, Malone’s Banquets and Malone’s at Home. You can purchase online at www.bluegrasshospitality.com.
■ Buy $100 worth of Outback Gift Cards, you will receive a $20 bonus card and a free music download from Sugarland. Bonus card valid Jan. 1-Feb. 10.
■ Gift cards might come with strings attached. Most have to be used within one year or you’ll be charged a monthly inactivity fee, which will incrementally chip away at the value of the card. For more information, go to www.giftcardrescue.com where you can trade it for a different card or sell it for cash usually at 60 percent or 80 percent of its value.
Cardinal Hill Hospital, 2050 Versailles Road will have a Santa’s Pancake Party at 10 a.m., Dec. 5. Activities include: decorating pancakes, face painting, holiday crafts, story time and of course Santa. Cost: $12 for those 9 and older; $5 children 3 - 8 years; younger than 3 is free. Proceeds benefit Cardinal Hill Hospital Pediatrics.
Michael Craft Store, 2309 Nicholasville Road and 1953 Pavilion Way, is giving free demonstration 1-3 p.m., Nov. 28, on making a holiday greenery wreath into a festive door or wall hanging.