The next time you head to your local Rite Aid store, chances are the checkout clerk will ask you if you’d like to purchase a paper balloon to go with your shampoo and shave gel. Yep, it’s that time of year (through May 15) when Rite Aid raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network.
The balloons cost just a buck and as a thank you for your kindness (and donation), you’ll be rewarded with $7 in store coupons. Not a bad deal.
And one-hundred percent of the money raised goes directly to Children’s Miracle Network, a non-profit organization that raises funds for more than 170 hospitals across the country. Last year Rite Aid raised $5.2 million, which translates to a heck of a lot of balloons (5.2 million if my math is correct).
If balloons aren’t your thing, you might want to purchase your toiletries from a CVS/pharmacy instead. While there, you can purchase a GreenBagTag for 99 cents, and five of those cents will go to the World Wildlife Fund, the world’s leading conservation organization (and owner of the super-cute panda logo).
If you’ve got the GreenBagTag and are an ExtraCare member (you need both the tag and the reward card), you’ll be given points each time you decline a plastic bag and scan your tag (purchase obviously required.) On every fourth scan, you’ll receive a $1.00 “Extra Buck” on the bottom of your receipt which can be spent on most things in the store. Click here for more details.
Whichever store you shop at, you'll be bringing a little eco-cred to your drugstore run.