Buying gift cards this holiday season? Help the Southborough schools while you do it.

With a little extra planning this holiday season, your gifts to family and friends can also be a gift to Southborough schools.

A fundraising program offered by the Southborough Organization for Schools lets you purchase gift cards for national retailers to give as gifts or to use for your own holiday shopping. You purchase the cards at face value and SOS receives a cut of anywhere from 2-15% of the value of the card. Use a gift card purchased through the fundraiser just like you would a gift card purchased directly through the store.

The program is run through the Great Lakes Scrip Center. GLSC purchases a large number of gift cards at a discount from hundreds of retailers. They then resell the discounted gift cards to non-profit organizations like SOS who get to keep a portion of the revenue. In past years SOS has made nearly 80% of their fundraising effort through the scrip program. For more on how the program works, visit the GLSC website.

You can purchase gift cards for major retailers like Barnes & Noble, Dunkin Donuts, and the Gap, but you have to place your order with SOS by Friday, December 7. Follow the link for the gift card order form (PDF). You can browse participating retailers on the Scrips website.

If you have a child who is a student at Finn, Woodward, Neary, or Trottier, you can send the order into school with your child. You can also order online, but payment must still be made by check and delivered to one of the four Southborough schools. More information is available on the order form.

Gift cards will be delivered to the schools and sent home with your child (or picked up) by December 14.

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