​Have you ever heard of the phrase "every penny counts"? You might have heard someone say this and think that it's just a phrase people say to try to rope you into donating your money to a cause. Well, there's a reason that phrase is used so frequently – it's because it's true!

As of 2019, Cherokee county's population is 247, 894. So, if every resident in Cherokee county donated one penny, we would raise $2,478.94. That's a substantial amount of money that would be more than enough to help any number of organizations. 

That's why AmazonSmile is such a useful tool that can truly make a difference. What if you could shop on Amazon while supporting Cherokee County Educational Foundation at the same time? Guess what – you can! CCEF is on AmazonSmile and we can't wait to see the difference you'll make, all while Christmas shopping for your family and friends. 

You might be wondering exactly what AmazonSmile is. Well, it is a sister company of Amazon that was launched in 2013 and donates .5 percent of the purchase price of all eligible items to the charity of your choosing. While .5 percent doesn't sound like much, it can certainly build up and make a difference. As of 2018, AmazonSmile supported nearly one million charities and has donated $80 million. 

We are so thankful for all of the support we receive from donors through various events such as the Golf Classic and Celebration of Education Gala or the purchase of our t-shirts. However, you might want a way to donate in between these opportunities. That's why we're participating in AmazonSmile – so you have a way to continue to support us during the holiday season. 

So, here's how you start benefiting CCEF today:

1. Go to https://smile.amazon.com/.
2. Sign in with your normal Amazon account. You do not have to create a new account for AmazonSmile.
3. Under "Pick Your Own Charitable Organization," type "Cherokee County Educational Foundation" in the box.
4. Click "Select" next to the option for "Cherokee County Educational Foundation" in Canton, Georgia.
5. Select "Yes" and then "Start Shopping."

This will not apply if you go to the regular Amazon website. You must go to the Amazon Smile website to participate. 

In the words of Marian Wright Edelman, "We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee."

Don't underestimate the good you can do. Get logged into AmazonSmile now, so you can get a head start on Christmas shopping or learn more about the Cherokee County Educational Foundation!