Big box store Target has launched a charity campaign on Facebook, selecting 10 charities that will compete to receive a chunk of $3 million. You and your Facebook profile could help make some dreams come true, including for one charity in particular - the National Park Foundation. The number of votes a charity receives determines the size of their portion of the $3 million. Mo' votes, mo' money.
The voting runs through May 25, so there's time to spread the word about the National Parks Foundation - or which ever charity in the running you feel most passionately about. Though here's a warm-fuzzy statement by the National Parks Foundation that juuuust might make you lean their way:
"The National Park Foundation is honored to have been selected by Target to participate with all of these magnificent and worthy organizations and we hope that all of our Facebook friends who love nature, and history and our American heritage make your voice heard by voting as many times as you can to help the National Park Foundation protect our national parks."
We think they're a pretty cool group, helping national parks (the homes of huggable trees) get the funding and attention they need. The funding will help them care for the 391 national parks that we get to enjoy.
How it works:
The percentage of votes per charitable organization will correlate to the charities' portion of the $3 million. All votes and dollars allocated will be updated in real time on the Target Facebook page throughout the course of the contest and site visitors can vote once per day, everyday, throughout the contest. The final allocations per charity will be announced on May 26. To vote, visit www.facebook.com/Target.
The other nine charities participating - all highly valuable in our society and also worthy of votes - include American Red Cross, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Feeding America, HandsOn Network/Points of Light Institute, Kids In Need Foundation, Parent Teacher Association, Operation Gratitude, St. Jude Children's Research HospitalÂ®, and The Salvation Army.
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