Turn Your Unused Gift Cards into Charity

I’m guessing that you have some unused gift cards stashed away somewhere. You may have forgotten about them. Even if you didn’t, you may not remember how much money is left on them.

An article on cnbc.com posted last year states: “Half of Americans currently own unredeemed gift cards or store credits, according to a new survey from Bankrate. The average person with unused gift cards is sitting on $167 in free money.”

Gift cards are a convenience for the gift giver but a bit of a burden on the recipient. Most people put them aside with the intent to use them someday, but someday never comes.

If you’d like to put those gift cards to good use and remove the burden of having to remember to use them, consider donating them to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. St. Jude’s policy is that “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 better way to use your gift card balances than to help support their mission?

Donating your gift cards is easy. Go to stjude.cardcash.com and follow the prompts. Because St. Jude’s is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, you’ll get a tax-deductible letter acknowledging the value of your donation.

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