Shopping with a purpose, Gifts that give back

I'll admit I have a pile of ads, coupons and a list ready to go for Black Friday. I don't plan on shopping on Thanksgiving. I may pass up some great deals, but family time comes first.

Shopping and coupons go hand in hand for me. I like a good sale, and even getting something as a bonus or gift with purchase. But the purchase I make that can benefit someone other than the merchant or myself is really the kind of shopping I prefer. So while you are in the mall, shopping online or shopping local this Saturday shop with a purpose.

Places where your purchase benefits those in need:

Dax Locke Store: benefits the Dax Locke Foundation raising money for St. Jude Children's Hospital.

St.Jude Gift Shop: find loads of gifts here and be sure to check out the ornament tab.

Brooks Brothers: 2012 St.Jude Thanks and Giving Campaign®  use your Master Card® to make a purchase and a donation to St.Jude  at Brooks Brothers now through December 31, 2012 to make a donation and Master Card will match donations. See a sales associate for details or visit their web site.

Brooks Brothers also has items for sale that benefit St. Jude: a holiday bear by GUND, a St.Jude Ribbon Belt, a book, chocolate covered cookies in a collectible tin, and other items in stores.$5 will be donated for each item purchased in the St. Jude collection in stores.

Bloomingdale's: Purchase a Limited Edition Little Brown Bear by GUND for $18.50 and $3.50 of the sale will donated to CHILD MIND INSTITUTE. A donation of $1 is also made to CHILD MIND INSTITUTE fore each greeting  Holiday Bear Card Sent

Hurricane Relief  bottled water donation-make a donation at Bloomingdale's online or in store to help distribute much needed clean bottle water to communities effected by the storm.

Lenox has 10 items for purchase that benefit four charities, Food and Friends, God's Love, Project Angel Food, and Open Hand

Crate and Barrel: has ornaments made by women in remote Kenya who earn a sustainable income from the sale of these goods. Also available are Nutcracker Ornaments  made by artisans in India, Sales benefit Florence Hospital, Kashmir's first medical center that serves thousands.Look for more ornaments on this page

The Container Store is collecting Warm coats through December. Help them collect 10,000 coats! Bring new or gently used coats to the store. They are also collecting hats, gloves, and sweaters. check out standfor.containerstore.com  blog for more info.

Macy's: drop your letter to Santa in the special Mailbox in stores. For each letter received Macy's will donate $1 to Make A Wish Foundation. They have letters on a table near the mailbox for you to fill out and address to Santa at The North Pole.

Gift Ideas shop here and $1 out of every $5 you spend goes to a Charity of your choice from their list.

Booskerdoo Coffee: buy thier Jersey Diner blend and 10% goes to Monmouth Beach, New Jersey Fire Department to help them rebuild after Hurricane Sandy