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Buy a Mother's Day meal or gift and support a favorite cause

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Here’s a twist on buying Mother’s Day gifts, whether a meal out or a box of chocolates.

Pick from more than 2,600 online retailers and dozens of Baltimore area restaurants that make a donation to a favorite nonprofit charity for every purchase through GoodSearch, a Yahoo-powered search engine that works with more than 100,000 charities and schools.

GoodShop.com, an online shopping portal that links to national chain stores such as Bloomingdales, Lands’ End and Sephora, gives a percentage of each purchase back to the shopper’s designated charity. And restaurants listed on GoodDining.com donate up to 6 percent of the tab to the customer’s selected charity or school. In Baltimore area, dozens of restaurants have signed on, including Sotto Sopra on North Charles Street, Salsarita’s on the West Side and Aldo’s in Little Italy.

Some of the Baltimore-based non-profits are Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Mental Health Association – Maryland, Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter and First Candle – sudden Infant Death Syndrome Alliance.

It works like this: Go to GoodShop, designate a charity or school, then click through to online retailers. A percentage of your bill goes to the selected cause.

For Gooddining.com, register and select a charity or school. Each time you dine out at a participating restaurant, a percentage of the check goes to the non-profit.

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