Amazon Is Making It Easier Than Ever to Give Back This Holiday Season

It’ll take you less than 60 seconds.
ByNehal Aggarwal
Associate Editor
Published
Dec 2019
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This Giving Tuesday, Amazon is once again offering customers an easy way to give back to a child in need. All you have to do is use your voice.

From now until December 31, Alexa customers can simply say, “Alexa, donate to Toys for Tots.” Alexa will then present customers with items from the Toys for Tots’ Charity List—this is basically an organization’s wish list of needed products—all appropriate for kids across a range of ages. This year’s lists include items such as Scientific Explorer My First Mind Blowing Science Kit, 5 Second Rule Junior, Spot It! and more.

Once the order is confirmed, Amazon will ship the toy directly to Toys for Tots. Alexa can provide you with tracking and delivery information on when your donation is set to arrive. Plus, to thank you, Dolittle (set to release in January 2020) star Craig Robinson will send you a special message once your donation is confirmed.

“Last year, thousands of children received a toy thanks to the generosity of our customers,” Chuck Moore, VP of Alexa, said in a press release. “With Alexa, customers can donate to a child in need in less than 60 seconds. They don’t have to stop what they are doing to shop or donate, leaving more time for family and friends during the busy holiday season.”

The best part? Not only is it really easy, but Amazon will match every donation, toy for toy.

“We are delighted to once again join with Amazon to create an easy way for people to give back and send holiday cheer to children in difficult circumstances,” Pete Osman, President and CEO of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, said in the release. “Your donations send a message of support to these families. We are extremely grateful to Amazon for leveraging the Alexa technology to make it easier for anyone to contribute to our cause and make an impact in children’s lives this holiday season.”

Visit amazon.com/toysfortotsdonate for more information on donating. Looking for more ways to give back? Amazon can help there, too. For monetary donations to a charity of your choice, simply say, “Alexa, I want to make a donation.” Or, contribute to another organization’s wish list by visiting smile.amazon.com/charitylists. You can also set up to donate proceeds to a charity of your choice every time you shop for eligible products on Amazon. Visit smile.amazon.com to learn more.

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