It's Holiday Match time at Stewart's

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Since 1986 Stewart's Shops and their customers have raised more than $13.5 million for local children's organizations with the annual Holiday Match program. Starting Thanksgiving Day and right through Christmas Day, Stewart's will match individual donations made to the Holiday Match program in all 328 Stewart's Shops in New York and Vermont. All the money donated goes to charity; there are no administrative costs.

In 2009 the Holiday Match raised more than $1.2 million.

"We are looking forward to another successful season of generosity and giving. Every year Stewart's customers rise to the challenge and we are also pleased to have all of our media partners with us again to help spread the news," said Stewart's Foundation president Susan Dake. "Last season the Holiday Match funds were given to 1,349 organizations. We are expecting another big year for applications because of the economy."

The goal of Holiday Match is to encourage individual giving and broaden the base of support for local charities. Stewart's Holiday Match is a 501(c)(3) foundation; all donations are tax-deductible. Stewart's gladly accepts funds from groups or businesses, but only matches individual donations.

"This is a two part program," said Dake, "to bring donations in and get applications out to children's groups in need of funds."

Local children's organizations can pick up an application throughout the holidays at any Stewart's Shop; or-line at Stewartsshops.com. The deadline for submission is Jan. 31. All groups applying must be locally based, benefit children under 18, and be a qualified, charitable 501(c)(3) organization. A brochure will be available throughout the holidays at Stewart's Shops which lists all 1,349 children's organizations in their 30 county area that received funds last season.

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