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On Giving Generously: Amazon Smile

By Elizabeth Prata

Do you know about Amazon Smile? You can tag your favorite charity and a small percentage of all your purchases at goes to that charity as a donation. It doesn’t cost you the customer anything extra. Here is the Amazon web page explaining how it works, but it’s really just that simple. The only thing you need to do is make sure when you shop at Amazon, it’s through I have mine set up as a bookmark.

Everything else at your Amazon experience is the same as normal. Information about Amazon Smile here. They donate 0.5% of your purchase amount. It adds up.

My designated charity is Gideon International. 100% of donations through Amazon Smile goes to Gideon’s International. There is no overhead.

My charity, Gideons International, recently received a quarterly donation of $3,522.35 thanks to customers shopping at

$36,153.65 has already been donated to Gideons International this year

$169,850,767.10 to all charities via the Smile program.

There are lots of ways to give. Have you thought about supporting some ministries through Patreon? I support two Patreon creators through a monthly electronic donation to Patreon. I give directly to two other ministry organizations through an electronic monthly deduction. And the Smile program is another way to give.

Give to your church, give to those in your life in need, and give to others whom the Lord has given you a burden for. However you give, just give!

Happy giving!

Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return. (Luke 6:38).

Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Corinthians 9:7).


Gideons International is an evangelical Christian association founded in 1899 in Wisconsin. The Gideons’ primary activity is distributing copies of the Bible free of charge. This Bible distribution is a worldwide enterprise taking place in around 200 countries, territories and possessions. The association’s members focus on distributing complete Bibles, New Testaments, or portions thereof. These copies are printed in over 100 languages. The association is most widely known for its Bibles placed in lodging rooms. The Gideons also distribute to hospitals and other medical offices, schools and colleges, military bases, as well as jails and prisons. The association takes its name from the Biblical figure Gideon depicted in Judges 6.



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