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How You Can Make a Difference for Local Families When You Shop on Amazon

If you’re turning to Amazon to kickstart your holiday shopping, you probably know about AmazonSmile.

AmazonSmile is a simple way to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, and it’s at no cost to you. When you shop with AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. We’d love it if you’d designate Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg as the beneficiary so we can help more local families.

When you donate to the local Habitat affiliate, you’re making a difference in your own community by supporting our mission to build homes, communities and hope. It costs $125,000 to build a Habitat house that is then sold to a qualified family that will pay a zero-interest mortgage over 20 to 30 years back to Habitat. That money is cycled back into the community so more Habitat homes can be built.

Habitat houses are never given away as a handout. They are always sold as a “hand-up.”

To designate Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg as your charity of choice, logon to smile.amazon.com on your web browser or activate AmazonSmile on the Amazon shopping app on your phone. Open the app by finding Settings on the main menu, tap on “AmazonSmile” and follow the on-screen instructions.

Only purchases made at smile.amazon.com or through AmazonSmile activated in the Amazon shopping app will support your selected charity. When signing up, it’s a good idea to create an AmazonSmile bookmark as a shortcut on your desktop computer or web browser to make it convenient.

Feel good about shopping this holiday season and afterward by knowing when you shop, you’re giving back and making a positive difference where you live.

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We help as many families as we can, but the lack of decent and affordable housing remains a critical problem in our area. By donating, you will provide upfront funding for building materials and services that makes interest-free loans to Habitat partner families possible. Habitat partner families help to build their own homes - alongside volunteers - and pay an affordable mortgage. Your monetary donations enable us to continue building strength, stability and independence for future local families.