Stewart’s Shops Offers ‘Holiday Match’

Helps local charities by matching customers’ donations

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Stewart's Shops has once again teamed up with its customers and media partners for the Holiday Match program. The goal of Holiday Match is to encourage individual giving and broaden the base of support for local charities.

Last year, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.-based Stewart's matched customers’ record donations of $700,000 for a total of $1.4 million. Since 1986, the Holiday Match program has donated more than $16 million to local children's organizations.

From Thanksgiving Day through Christmas Day, Stewart's will match individual donations made to the Holiday Match program in all 324 Stewart's Shops in New York and Vermont.

"Many children's organizations have lost some of their public funding and are now, more than ever, counting on the private sector to help them continue their good work. Holiday Match gives people the opportunity to make a donation, have it matched by Stewart's and given back to children's organizations in their communities," said Stewart's Foundation president Susan Dake. "Last year we were able to help over 1,400 organizations with Holiday Match, and, in these difficult times, we anticipate the number of applications to increase again this year."

All the money donated goes to charity; there are no administrative costs.

Stewart's Holiday Match is a 501c3 foundation; all donations are tax-deductible. Stewart's gladly accepts funds from groups or businesses but only matches individual donations. Local children's organizations can pick up an application throughout the holidays at any Stewart's Shop or online at The deadline for submission is Jan. 31, 2013. All groups applying must be locally based, benefit children under 18, and be a qualified, charitable 501c3 organization. A brochure, listing all the organizations in the 30-county area that received funds last season, will also be available in all Stewart's Shops.