Do Your Holiday Shopping and Support NCCC at the Same Time Using AmazonSmile!

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If you're planning to avoid the crowds and do your holiday shopping online this year, we hope that you'll also take the opportunity to support the North Carolina Consumers Council at the same time!

When you use our AmazonSmile link, Amazon will make a donation to us totaling 0.5 percent of the purchase price of your eligible items. This donation comes directly from Amazon and does not affect the price you pay in any way.

Just click this link before you begin shopping!

The North Carolina Consumers Council is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, which means in order to keep our doors open and our staff working, we need help from our members and supporters. Your support allows us to continue acting as a trusted source for consumer information and educational resources.

If you'd rather donate to us directly, you can do so at any time here.

Thank you so much for your support and we hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

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