Today is Giving Tuesday, an informal “holiday” that follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday to encourage a bit of charitable giving to go with all those purchases you may have made the past few days. There’s an opportunity to help today that can be done with your Membership Rewards points or cash.
American Express sent me a note that they’re matching donations 10:1 to Feeding America today. Feeding America is a nationwide network of food banks. In the midst of the pandemic, food banks are a critical source of nutrition for families where someone may have lost a job and can’t afford healthy meals for their children. I’ve never donated to Feeding America before, though I have participated with various food banks around the country. We generally focus on cancer advocacy and research, but a 10:1 match today is too hard to pass up.
The good thing is that you can donate cash or your Membership Rewards points. And, I just did that. So far, there are approximately $230,000 in donations that AMEX is matching. That’s a long way to go to get to $1 million dollars by the end of the day. I need your help spreading the word. Retweet, share on Facebook, whatever works. Let’s help feed some families together.
And, If You’re In The Mood To Donate….
I’ve already donated 8,000 points to get started. I’ll match up to 50,000 points worth of cash or Membership Rewards donations from folks today. And, American Express will still match both of our contributions 10:1. So, take my points (for a good cause)!
American Express Supporting Small Business
American Express also sent me information about a new offer they have to support small businesses. They have a Shop Small portal dedicated to some holiday gift ideas from small businesses. I haven’t vetted any of the products, so I can’t speak for the quality or value. American Express appears to be offering you between 1.3 and 1.4 cents in value when redeeming your Membership Rewards points via this portal. That’s not horrible. I generally look to get 2 cents or better when redeeming, but this could make sense for some folks if you’ve managed to build up your points balance while not traveling this year.
The Final Two Pennies
I love the 10:1 match here to help feed people during the holidays. And, I’m putting my money, er, points where my mouth is. I hope to see folks donating today to help someone in need. The pandemic has hurt many regular folks right now. Those stories, the ones of people losing their jobs and not being able to afford groceries, aren’t the ones we often hear about in the news. I’ve seen how much a few dollars in donations to a food bank can help a family. Take 1,000 points out of your Membership Rewards account and make a donation today. You won’t miss it, and it’ll help someone eat a good meal during the holidays.
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