St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® And More Than 70 Leading National Brands Kick Off The Season Of Giving With Annual St. Jude Thanks and Giving® Campaign

Kmart, Best Buy, ANN INC., Kay® Jewelers, Domino’s, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., HomeGoods and Others Unite To Help End Childhood Cancer

Now in its twelfth year, the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The campaign unites celebrities, media, retail and corporate partners in asking consumers to donate while they shop and support the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.st-jude-childrens-hospital-logo-beauty-and-the-beat-blog

Founded by the late actor/entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE-designated COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude is working to drive the overall survival rate for childhood cancer to 90 percent, and they won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

What began as a holiday-focused fundraising effort by St. Jude has now grown into an annual tradition that has raised more than $588 million. These funds support St. Jude’s mission to provide cutting-edge treatment and pursue visionary research.

Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, helps kick off St. Jude Thanks and Giving, an annual campaign that has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. (PRNewsFoto/St. Jude Children's Research...)

Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helps kick off St. Jude Thanks and Giving, an annual campaign that has transformed the holiday season into a time of giving thanks by raising awareness and funds for the ongoing battle to end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. (PRNewsFoto/St. Jude Children’s Research…)

We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of support we receive year after year during the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign,” said Marlo Thomas, National Outreach Director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.Throughout the holiday season people open their hearts to the children of St. Jude and as a result, our doctors and scientists can continue their groundbreaking research and pioneering procedures that help us achieve our landmark survival rates. And, we are able to continue to ensure that no family pays St. Jude for anything – not for treatment, travel, housing or food – because we believe all a family should worry about is helping their child live.stjude-thanksandgiving

Beginning in November and running through the end of December, consumers can support St. Jude while they shop at a variety of businesses representing a cross-section of premier brands in retail, restaurant, travel, hospitality, media and beyond. Top returning campaign partners include Kmart, Best Buy, ANN INC., Kay® Jewelers, Domino’s, Williams-Sonoma, Inc.; HomeGoods, New York & Company, AutoZone, Brooks Brothers, GNC, Dollar General, Claire’s, Carnival Cruise Line, Justice, HSN, Marshalls, Chili’s® Grill & Bar; and Mazda, to name a few.

Kmart’s long history of success in supporting charitable causes is due to the generosity of our Shop Your Way members, customers and associates. We’re proud of the impact our results have made for the families of St. Jude and thankful to St. Jude for its tireless work to defeat cancer and other diseases in children. St. Jude made holiday shopping at Kmart more rewarding and we’re excited to support an organization that clearly means so much to our members,” said Alasdair James, President and Chief Member Officer at Kmart.4f7a2d08-09d7-45ed-a3d3-8274f86d93d6

This year, St. Jude partners are expanding and supporting the campaign in a variety of ways – from in-store fundraising to unique cross-promotions, events and online/mobile features.

It is Best Buy’s privilege to partner in the St. Jude Thanks and Giving campaign, by making it convenient for our customers to give back while shopping in stores and online during the holidays,” said Sharon McCollam, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Financial Officer at Best Buy. “By adding options to give through our credit card signature pads last year, we made it easier for customers to contribute during the checkout process. As a result of their generosity, we were able to contribute $9.7 million last year, and hope to do even more this year to support the children and families served by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

OTHER PARTNER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

Several partners are offering merchandise products during the holidays to benefit St. Jude including

Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers, HomeGoods, HSN, Kmart, New York & Company, The Limited, TUMI, Westfield, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. and their portfolio of brands; to name a few.

Kay® Jewelers will once again offer its popular plush animals benefitting St. Jude, this year featuring Travis and Trey.

AutoZone, returning for its 10th year as a St. Jude Thanks and Giving partner, will continue to ask consumers to donate at checkout via the credit pad.

Customers will be able to donate through a fully integrated online shopping cart at Best Buy, Ann Taylor, LOFT, Claire’s and ICING. In addition, customers will now be able to donate via the pin pad at the register at GameStop, The Limited, Crazy8 and Janie and Jack locations nationwide.

eBay is giving its customers the opportunity to give at checkout during the week of December 7. During this time, customers can also bid on celebrity items that will benefit St. Jude.

Domino’s will ask consumers to donate to St. Jude via walk-up, telephone, online and mobile orders, as well as the opportunity to purchase a St. Jude Meal Deal during the campaign timeframe. For each Meal Deal purchased, Domino’s will donate $1 to St. Jude.

Stage Stores and St. Jude will be featured on the Balancing Act on Lifetime TV this holiday season.

Party City has joined the campaign this year and customers can make a donation at nearly 600 stores nationwide or donate online during checkout. Continue reading

EBAY OFFERS EASY WAYS TO SELL GADGETS AFTER FATHER’S DAY

Now Is the Perfect Time to Make the Most Money Selling Popular Electronics on eBay   

eBay invites Consumers in New York, San Francisco & Detroit for a COMPLIMENTARY Fellow Barber trim or shave when selling electronics after Father’s Day (June 27th)

According to a new survey by the National Retail Federation, U.S. consumers spend $1.6 billion on technology gifts for Father’s Day, creating an influx of previous generation devices. Instead of amassing a stash of unused gadgets, people can easily sell these items on eBay and earn the most money for popular electronics like iPads, iPhones and video games.

Selling tech on eBay has never been easier – in fact, on eBay, a cell phone sells every 4 seconds and an iPad sells every 13 seconds,” said Vincent Payen, head of consumer selling at eBay Marketplaces. “Our simplified selling tool allows users to easily select their items from a catalog, pre-filling information and providing them with pricing recommendations to help them sell for the most money. Sellers who want an even simpler experience can now print a free shipping label and send their items to eBay Valet, a professional selling service, where everything is taken care of for them.”

Digital Lifestyle Expert Mario Armstrong knows first-hand how many people are unclear on what to do with previous generation devices when they purchase or receive a new one. The average American household contains around 24 electronic gadgets and eBay has teamed up with Armstrong to share tips on what to sell and how to sell.

Like many dads, my kid loves to give me tech gifts, and this Father’s Day was no different,” said Armstrong. “I’m also quick to purchase the latest and greatest phones, tablets and other gadgets, which means there are often fully-functioning devices in my home that I’m no longer using. eBay is the best option for selling because it’s quick and simple, and I can get the most money on the web.

Selling electronics on eBay has never been simpler – you can even do it right from your mobile device with the eBay app. The eBay app will allow you to select your product from a catalog, will provide pricing guidance and can automatically fill in information – even images – for you. Your phone, tablet or video game will be exposed to eBay’s 157 million active buyers, helping you sell quickly and for the most money.

Another option is to take advantage of eBay Valet, the newly expanded professional selling service from eBay. eBay Valet does all the work for you: from estimating the price, to taking professional pictures, to the quick and safe shipment of items to buyers, and everything in between.

To sell through eBay Valet, follow three simple steps:

  1. Visit ebay.com/valet and request a free, prepaid shipping label.
  2. Place the items in any box.
  3. Using the free prepaid shipping label, send the box to a valet.

Once the items have been sent to a valet, customers will receive updates via email, when their items are received, listed and sold. Customers then receive up to 80 percent of what their items sell for, deposited directly into their PayPal account.

To show dads just how easy it is to sell post-Father’s Day, eBay partnered with high-end grooming parlor Fellow Barber, offering free services to new and existing eBay users. In New York, Detroit, and San Francisco, eBay provided a complimentary trim or shave to any person who comes to Fellow Barber and lists a technology item on eBay.

On Saturday, June 27th, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., people were invited to bring a previous generation device to one of the following participating Fellow Barber locations:
New York City:
33 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10013
5 Horatio Street, New York, NY 10014
San Francisco:
696 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
973 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Detroit:
441 W. Canfield Street, Detroit, MI 48201

eBay is one of the world’s largest online marketplaces, connecting people with the things they need and love virtually anytime, anywhere. It has 157 million active buyers globally and more than 800 million live individual and merchant listings at any given time. With mobile apps available in 190 countries, eBay delivers a personalized shopping experience and seamless access to inventory from down the street and around the world. Tailored shopping experiences customize buying and selling; and eBay provides variety and choice for sellers by enabling them to offer goods through online, mobile and local channels to consumers around the world.