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How to Use Amazon Smile to Give to Charity

Make your holiday shopping spree even more rewarding to those in need, thanks to Amazon Smile. This new feature of the online reseller has agreed to send 0.5 percent of proceeds from eligible purchases to a charity of the user's choice, such as Charity: Water or DoSomething. There are a handful of spotlighted national organizations, but Amazon boasts that there are nearly 1 million charities participating. It won't cost you anything extra to use Amazon Smile, as the company is simply donating part of its profits. Plus, there's no cap to how much you can use the service. Here's how to help those in need while shopping for your favorite goods.

1. Visit smile.amazon.com.

2. Choose a charity from the menu on the right. You can select from spotlight charities such as the American Red Cross and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, or search for a charity by name or location. 

3. Click "Select and Start Shopping."

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4. You are now automatically using Amazon Smile. 

5. Select any item marked "Eligible for Amazon Smile" and select Proceed To Checkout. A 0.5 percent of your purchase will be sent to your chosen charity. 

A devout gamer and tech enthusiast, Mike Andronico joined the Laptop team in July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College and experience at GameNGuide, Examiner and 2D-X, Mike tackles everything from iPhone rumors to in-depth hardware reviews.