We love Macy’s!

Know what’s better than a shopping trip to the mall on a Saturday afternoon?  A trip to the mall to sell Macy’s Shop 4 a Cause coupons instead!

Macy’s was gracious enough to allow Ethiopian Orphan Relief to once again sell shopping coupons on the day of the big event.  4 hours later,  the children of Ethiopia were more than $800.00 richer!

I had hoped to take pictures of the stunning sales staff hard at work, but alas, we were too busy selling coupons to eager Macy’s customers to pose for a photo op.  A big thanks to many of the members of the Night of Warmth planning committee–Abbie, Steve, Meggann, Elliott, Katie, and Emily for their mad coupon-selling skillZ.  An even bigger thank you to Macy’s for adding $800.00 to the building fund for FOVC-Ethiopia!  We’re less than $2100 from our goal, thanks to this windfall.

Looking forward to seeing FOVC-Ethiopia’s completed buildings in November,

Paige

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“Summertime…and the livin is easy”

This is the 4th summer of the EOR blog–the 4th summer of EOR, and I can’t ever remember a busier one.  From the art contest (please send your art soon!), to the voting for The Classy Award (please vote soon!), to Shop 4 a Cause, and the kickoff of Project Gena and 50 other items, things are really hopping for EOR!

“Wait,” you say!  “I know about the art contest (I’m mailing a masterpiece to you RIGHT NOW), and I’ve voted for the Classy thing-a-ma-jig, (and told every person I know about it), but Shop 4 a Cause?  ”

What is Shop For A Cause?

On Saturday, August 27, 2011, Macy’s will host its 6th annual Shop for a Cause benefiting charities nationwide.

Non-profit organizations with a 501(c) or 170(c)1 tax exempt status, school booster groups and religious organizations are eligible to be part of our fun and effective way to raise funds and awareness for your cause.

How Does My Organization Benefit?
All participating non-profit organizations check out special shopping passes and sell them for $5 each. You keep 100% of the proceeds. (woo hoo–added by Paige!)

How Does the Customer Benefit?
When your guests Shop for a Cause on Saturday, August 27, 2011, they’ll receive 25% off* on regular, sale and clearance merchandise, including designer brands you love, throughout the store. And, they will be eligible to win a $500 gift card, no purchase necessary.

Two years ago, one of our favorite Ethiohio families won the $500.00 gift card.  One is given at each Macy’s location!

Macy’s suggests that we offer the coupon for the $5 fee, but also that we offer it as an incentive for other donations we receive.  The monies raised from the sale of Shop 4 a Cause coupons will help us finish the building project at FOVC-Ethiop;  as a further incentive, any person who makes a donation to EOR between now and August 27th will receive a coupon as well.

25% makes back-to-school shopping a whole lot easier to finish!

Macy’s Shop for a Cause makes finishing the building project at FOVC-Ethiopia a whole lot easier too!
Send your donation of $5 or more to:

Ethiopia Orphan Relief, Inc. 447 Greenglade Avenue. Worthington Ohio  43085  and I’ll rush a coupon out to you.

Online donations of $10 or more can be made here.  

Please include a mailing address with your donation so that you too can Shop for a Cause!

Paige (who will have a large supply of coupons on hand at every playgroup, Ethiohio dinner, and fencing practice–but I bet you already knew that–smarties!)

Another fundraising opportunity for us: Macy’s Shop for a Cause

Looking for a great, easy way to help Ethiopian Orphan Relief and your pocketbook at the same time? Make a $5 donation via our Network for Good link on our website, and specify “Shop for a Cause” in the comments. I’ll mail you your Macy’s shopping pass, good for 20% off just about everything in the store on October 16th, and EOR will get to keep your $5 donation (Thanks, Macy’s!). You can use the shopping pass at any Macy’s store–or even online! Macy’s will have tons of great deals on this day, and the only coupons you can use are these, so act now!

This is Macy’s 5th Shop for a Cause, and the third for us.  Selling the coupons in the store gives EOR a great chance to  explain our mission and reach new potential supporters.  Selling the coupons online gives us a chance to reach those of you who won’t be in Columbus OH to shop at Macy’s on September 16th (that’s just a few of you, right?).
A big thank you to Macy’s for including EOR again this year!  And a huge thank you to all of you for your continuing support.  We can make an impact, $5.00 at a time!

Paige

news of note

So, way back in October, Ethiopian Orphan Relief, Inc. was invited to participate in Macy’s Shop for A Cause.  We sold tickets, generated some goodwill for EOR, and had a fun time doing it.  In addition to buying a discount coupon, each purchaser was entitled to enter a drawing for a $500.00  Macy’s gift card.  When all was said and done, one of EOR’s own volunteers, Jen was the $500.00 winner!  Believe it or not, Jen knew exactly what to do with this gift.  She bought a boatload (or maybe a suitcase load?) of clothes for the newest soon-to-be member of the family.  Jen and her husband are already the proud parents of the handsome and talented Sam, and they are waiting for a courtdate for their sweet boy, Mr. M.

Macy’s is so generous to Ethiopia and other charities.  In this case, they gave to Ethiopia, twice!

Paige

Macy’s Shop for a Cause Passes–On Sale Now!!

Looking for a great, easy way to help Ethiopian Orphan Relief and your pocketbook at the same time? Make a $5 donation via our Network for Good link on our website, and specify “Shop for a Cause” in the comments. I’ll mail you your Macy’s shopping pass, good for 20% off just about everything in the store on October 17th, and EOR will get to keep your $5 donation (Thanks, Macy’s!). You can use the shopping pass at any Macy’s store–or even online! Macy’s will have tons of great deals on this day, and the only coupons you can use are these, so act now!

All proceeds from this year’s Macy’s Shop for a Cause program will help fund our Board of Directors trip to Ethiopia in December, where we will be building a well that will bring clean water to 5,000 people in the village of Boru (near Dessie).

-Danielle

Macy’s wants to give EOR money–please help!

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Since 2006, Macy’s Shop For A Cause Event has partnered with
non-profit organizations nationwide to raise more than $28 million for their
ongoing charitable efforts. This is your opportunity to be part of this
monumental event on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009.

Non-profit organizations with 501c3 status are eligible and will
be given special Shopping Passes to sell for $5 each.

EOR keeps 100% of the proceeds raised!

On Saturday, Oct. 17th, when our guests shop for a cause, they’ll
receive exclusive all-day savings storewide on a wide assortment of
merchandise and an extra-special offer for selected departments.

While EOR‘s board members will be hosting tables in cities throughout the US, we’re hoping you’ll be willing to host a table at your local Macy’s.  It’s fun, easy to do, and it’s a great way to help EOR provide schools, clinics, playgrounds, and clean water to the children of Ethiopia.  Last year, with just two tables, we made more than $700.  Just think of the dollars we can raise with more volunteers.

Here’s how it works:

Create a user, and sign on with Macy’s.  Download the Shop for a Cause packet (prior to September 14th).  Send an email to me:

paige  @  ethiopianorphanrelief.  org

I’ll give you the pertinent details (like the EIN number) and then you turn in the packet to Macy’s.  Once you’ve received a date,  send me another email so I can blog about your event here, and I’ll send you a packet of table display information.

So easy, so fun, SO helpful!

Lots of little people are counting on you.  Thanks for doing your part for them.

Paige

Confirmed Locations:

Macy’s-Washington Square (Tigard, OR)

Macy’s-Flatiron Crossing (Broomfield, CO)

Macy’s-Easton Town Center (Columbus, OH)

Macy’s-Polaris  (Columbus, OH)