Shopping for charity? Yes, you can.


When we heard about the “Bloomingsales” fundraiser being organized by Saving Grace, we thought it was pretty genius. The concept is simple: Get teams of women together and tell them to go shop at shopping-bags.jpgseveral different stores in the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers. The participating stores give the teams points for each purchase they make, similar to the points you might get if you were playing 18 holes of golf. Those shopping points turn into dollars donated to the charity. The more strategic shopping your team does, the more you help out a great charity. This event actually turns shopping into a generous thing to do. Brilliant idea.

And the money couldn’t be going to a better place. Saving Grace is a Northwest Arkansas non-profit created by a local mom, Becky Shaffer. (Click here to read more about Becky, who spent part of her youth in foster care.) This organization helps young women who are aging out of foster care and need help in making the transition into self-sufficient life on their own. Keep in mind these are teenage girls who don’t have a mom or dad to call for help and often have nowhere to go. Becky and her team at Saving Grace have created a beautiful home for these young women and are teaching them the life skills they need plus providing bloomingsales2.jpgemotional support that’s critical in this stage of life.

If you have three girlfriends who also like to shop, you can create your own team for the Bloomingsales event which will be held Saturday, September 18th at the Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers. Shoppers will get special discounts, an entry for door prizes, and access to the party on the 19th hole!

If you’re interested in this event, click HERE to get more info on signing up a team of four shoppers. If you sign up by September 1st, your name goes into a drawing for FOUR $100 GIFT CARDS from the Pinnacle Hills Promenade. So get on the phone or e-mail and round up your team members by next Wednesday. If you have any questions about registration, call the Saving Grace office at 636-1133 or e-mail them at

Happy shopping!