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Re-Gifting for Charity
If you received a pile of gift cards for Christmas that you may not get around to spending, why not share them with someone who really needs them? Every year, about 10% of gift cards go unused. A company called Gift Card Giver collects unused cards, and used cards with a remaining balance, and sends them to non-profit organizations. That's right -- you can go to the store, spend all but $3 of your gift card, and give the rest to charity, just by sending it to Gift Card Giver. Just think - if five people sent in an unused gift card with a balance of $10 each, $50 could go to a needy family. Visit giftcardgiver.com for more information.
When bundling up this winter, you may be putting on a recycled coat. Outerwear giant Patagonia is collecting old clothes and making them new again. It's called "Common Threads Garment Recycling," and it accepts Patagonia Capilene Baselayers, cotton t-shirts, and several polyester and nylon products. The program also accepts Polartec fleece from any company. All garments are then transformed into new clothing. All you have to do is wash your worn-out shirt or jacket and send it to Patagonia's Service Center. Or, you can drop it off at your local Patagonia store. Check out patagonia.com.
If you’re in need of new luggage after a holiday season full of traveling to and fro, you may want to go with a durable plastic as opposed to cloth. Canadian luggage maker Heys International has a new collection called EcoCase. All EcoCase items are made of 100% recycled ABS plastic and are fully-lined on the inside. The EcoCase comes in all different sizes, each one with four swiveling wheels and a push-button internal handle. A three-piece set will cost you $369, while individual prices range between $99 and $129. Find out more at shop.heys.ca.
Attn: Pool Sharks
Sears, part of Sears Holdings (SHLD), is giving away $5,000 in game room equipment to one very lucky winner. Sears' "Hit Us With Your Best Shot" contest, with the help of professional pool player Jeanette Lee (aka The Black Widow), is giving away $5,000 in game room equipment, from billiards to ping-pong to foosball. Five runners-up will get a $100 gift card. All you have to do is submit a short video of your best pool shot between now and January 17. Sears also wants the public to partake in the contest, and anyone who votes for their favorite pool player is automatically entered to win a $25 gift card. A full-list of rules and regulations can be found at http://www.HitUsWithYourBestShot.com.
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