Shopping for a good cause

My friend Victoria called me today and said she was full of the holiday spirit and wanted to help some needy people in Durham. She found a charity that provides warm coats to low income individuals in need (and given that the high today was 39 degrees…everyone needs a warm coat!). In addition to making her own generous contribution, she called friends and family whose numbers were in her cell phone and asked if they wanted to help. She took the money she raised simply by calling a few people (almost $1000 at the end of the day) and went to Belks, armed with loads of coupons and a desire to shop for bargains.

When it was all said and done, she purchased 32 coats and over 150 items of clothing (a $4600 value, but given her bargain shopping stamina and the help of a very sweet sales guy, she spent just under $1000). Amazing! I was happy to participate by writing a check without having to deal with the mall and the bargain shopping headaches. Thanks, Victoria, for sharing some holiday cheer and making a difference for a lot of people! That’s the kind of shopping I can live with.

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