Gift Giving During the Holidays: Multiplying Your Generosity

by Danielle Cookish

Transforming your holiday shopping into shopping for a cause has never been easier.  From online programs like AmazonSmile to local give-back programs at Smithland Pet Supplies, you can easily double your giving this holiday season.


AmazonSmile - Activating AmazonSmile makes it easy and automatic to give back to your charity of choice while shopping. Learn more about AmazonSmile here and start supporting your favorite organization. - Not only does Chewy have all that you need to stuff those stockings full of pet gifts, but by following this link as a new customer, Chewy will send Dakin Humane Society $20 when you make your first purchase!

Online shopping is an easy way to double your generosity.


MULTIPLIER TIP: Many non-profit organizations will post Wish Lists on their websites for items that are needed for their programs. If these items are ordered from Amazon using AmazonSmile then your contribution compounds to go even further!



If you are looking for a special gift for someone who cares about a cause, look to see if their favorite charity is offering holiday items. Dakin Humane Society has lots of options for the animal lover in your life, from Plush Pals to ornaments and wearable gear.

Dakin Plush Pals will send a hug to someone special for the holidays.

MULTIPLIER TIP: When you send a friend or family member a Dakin Plush Pal, you can spread the joy even further! With the Get One, Give One option you will also be sending a special Plush Pal to a child locally. This year we’ve partnered with Square One, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located in Springfield, MA.



When you are shopping at local stores, remember that many support non-profit organizations with Give-Back Programs. These types of programs pay-it-forward by donating a portion of your sale to important local causes. This is the true trifecta of feel good shopping: Shopping local, supporting local charities, and finding awesome gifts!

Dave’s Soda & Pet City - With your Friends of Dave’s card (or by mentioning Dakin at check out), 5% of your total purchase will be donated back to Dakin Humane Society. Dave Ratner, owner of Dave’s Soda & Pet City explained, “as a small business, the community takes care of us, and we like to take care of the community; especially now.” He added, “The world is a better place with more of these win-wins.” And, we couldn’t agree more!

Pet Supplies Plus- Pet Supplies Plus in West Springfield wants to make it easy for their customers to support the animals at Dakin Humane Society this holiday season. They have decorated a beautiful giving tree that displays gift cards that can be sent to Dakin. In addition they have a supply collection box for food and other pet items.

Pet Supplies Plus' decorated giving tree for Dakin Humane Society.

Smithland Supply- With your Smithland Sidekick card (or by mentioning Dakin Humane Society) 5% of your total will be donated in the form of a Smithland Supply gift card.



Celebrating a loved one by making a charitable contribution on their behalf is a thoughtful way to spread holiday cheer. Tribute donations, as they are often called, can make great gifts; especially when you choose a group or organization that is meaningful to your loved one. Dakin Humane Society has a selection of cards to send when you make a donation in someone’s honor, including holiday-themed cards featuring either a cat or a dog.

A special card is sent to your tribute gift recipient.

With all these tips to multiply your generosity this holiday season, you are ready to tackle those holiday lists while making a difference. Happy shopping!

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