Saturday, December 12, 2009

Idea 12: Donate a Gift Card

Gift Cards (especially in increments of $25) are one of the most versatile gifts you can give to First Place. Here are examples of how we use gift cards during the holidays and throughout the year.
  • Gift cards to Safeway and Grocery Outlet are handed to families to help them through weeks where they might be struggling with their budget until the next payday.
  • The Clothing Bank uses gift cards to Target, or Fred Meyer to buy new underwear and socks, and also purchase clothing for missing sizes.
  • Great Clips and Super Cuts are great places for kids and families to get haircuts - especially if mom has a job interview.
  • Teachers love gift certificates to Staples, Lakeshore Learning Center and booksellers like Barnes and Noble so they can purchase classroom supplies.
  • During the holidays, we sometimes need to fill in the gaps with presents that are donated to students and families with trips to Target or Fred Meyer.
  • Bus tickets are used to give to parents to get to their jobs and appointments around town.
  • Office supplies can be purchased through gift cards, helping us keep our costs low and put more money into our programs.
  • Costco gift cards are great for buying snacks for our After School Program.
  • Other ideas for gift cards: Subway, McDonald's, Gas Stations, Visa Gift Cards, and even Baskin Robbins because who doesn't love a treat?
What's great about Gift Cards is that now you can buy many different kinds from your local Safeway without having to travel around to different stores.

Gift cards can be sent to First Place through the mail, through email at ( or dropped off in person. As always, call us with questions!

Thank you for all of your support of our programs thus far. And remember to check back for daily updates and ideas! If you have any questions about the Idea a Day postings, please email Melissa Collett, Marketing & Events Manager.

Previous Idea a Day Posts:
Be a Secret Santa for a Child
Donate Office Supplies
Collect Box Tops for Education
Tour First Place

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