11/20/2015

Your holiday shopping can help the CDA Foundation


Those who enjoy shopping online and donating to charitable organizations can now do both at the same time.

The CDA Foundation has partnered with AmazonSmile, a website operated by Amazon that has the same products and prices as Amazon.com, but donates 0.5 percent of the price of eligible purchases to charitable organizations selected by the customer. The CDA Foundation is now one of the organizations AmazonSmile customers can choose. The shopping experience is identical to Amazon.com and there is no cost to the charitable organization or to AmazonSmile customers.

To participate, go to smile.amazon.com, sign up and pick your charity.

"We'd love it if you chose the CDA Foundation and helped change a life by restoring dignity and creating a smile," said Don Rollofson, DMD, chair of the CDA Foundation.

The CDA Foundation spends 88 cents of every donor dollar raised on direct care programs. Every $100 given to support the CDA Cares dental events provides $1,100 in treatment.

For more information about the CDA Foundation, visit cdafoundation.org.



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