Hear that? That’s December 1st approaching. Fast! This date summons the inevitable panic as it dawns on you that Christmas is but three and a half weeks away. And with that panic comes the inescapable capitulation in accepting that once again you will resort to purchasing gift cards out of sheer desperation.
Luckily, this year as a parent of a child at Sam Livingston, your guilt at taking the easy way out can be partially assuaged by simultaneously supporting the School Council (and thusly your children) when buying said gift cards. Instead of feeling forlorn for once again failing to find that perfect gift that expresses how much you cherish the intended recipient, you can feel pride in knowing that your simple gift is, in fact, giving twice.
To pull of this magical feat of doubling your gift giving, you need to purchase your gift cards through Fundscrip. Using our school group code (F85BPT.), you order the gift cards and a percentage of your purchase is donated back to Sam Livingston School Council. It’s a fantastic way to get some gift shopping out of the way while also helping your child’s education. Giving; doubled!
The possibilities are endless. Perhaps you’re looking for something to give your teacher (cough, cough, nudge, nudge room parents), a gift certificate can be just the ticket to show your appreciation to the fantastic men (we can actually use the plural again) and women who teach, nurture, and entertain our children. The returns may not seem like much at first, but the power of numbers can work in our favour. That 3% return multiplied by the hundreds of families at Sam Livingston can add up to significant contributions to the coffers of our School Council. And if you dig around a bit, you can find some terrific deals that have even higher returns.
Families love Boston Pizza, for example, and there we get 5% back. Or maybe you wish to spend date night at Moxies where you can make goo-goo eyes and play footsie much to your children’s chagrin while giving a delightful 10% back to the school. If all goes well you might find yourself making a quick pit stop at La Senza (7%) or La Vie en Rose (8%) before scurrying off to a Fairmont Hotel (8%) for a weekend where you’ll attempt to prolong your time being part of the Sam Livingston family.
Maybe you aren’t that romantic. Fine. Order in Pizza 73 (10%) to fill up the family before heading off to see a show at Cineplex or Galaxy (4%). Better yet, hire a sitter and you can stop at Original Joes (4%) after the show for some grown up refreshments. The next morning, Starbucks (5%) will help get your remorseful butt moving again.
Dozens of restaurants and clothing stores that will appeal to everyone’s budget and style, all offering returns to our School Council. There are even kid specific retailers like Roots Kids (10%), Baby Gap (5%), Children’s Place (8%), and Build-a-bear (8%) which is terrific since, by an amazing coincidence, we all have kids. And when all that shopping is done, what better way for Mom (or Dad!) to relax than by enjoying a stress-releasing couple hours at a spa (10%).
Don’t forget all your staples. You don’t need to give these as gifts. Just buy cards for your everyday life expenditures like groceries (3% at Safeway, Superstore, 2% Walmart), gas (2% Shell, Esso), and hardware (4% Canadian Tire, 3% Home Depot, Rona).
You don’t need to buy for Calgary either. Retailers are represented in all provinces of our fine country. And be sure to check out Current Promotions for even greater rebate percentages. Dig around a bit and you’ll easily find a simple yet wonderful gift to use as stocking stuffers or for that someone who’s just impossible to buy for. Young or old, man or woman, there is something at Fundscrip for everyone and it all helps the School Council support the terrific education our kids receive at Sam Livingston.
Just remember, delivery takes a week so heed those December 1st footsteps and get busy shopping! Your Sam Livingston School Council will thank you for it!