Family & Children’s Services has joined forces with more than 200 local stores and restaurants to offer Oklahomans 11 days of guilt-free shopping and valuable savings.

 

The annual Family & Children’s Services Care Card shopping event is set for November 1-11, 2012. Individuals who purchase Care Cards – available for $50 from a number of local merchants and at theagency’s central office, 650 S. Peoria Ave. – receive 10 to 20% off goods and services. Proceeds from sales of the cards benefit Family & Children’s Services.

 

“Care Card isn’t just a win-win. It’s a win-win-win situation,” said Gail Lapidus, chief executive officer of Family & Children’s Services. “Shoppers can save money on early holiday purchases by buying and using their Care Cards, merchants benefit from increased sales during a traditionally slower time of year, and Family & Children’s Services receives support that enables us to heal abused children, strengthen families and set individuals battling mental illness and addiction on the road to recovery.”

 

Clothing boutiques, home and garden stores, sports and fitness retailers, restaurants, jewelers, art and antiques dealers and other merchants across the community – from Owasso to Jenks, from downtown Tulsa to Wagoner – offer discounts to shoppers who show their Card Cards when making purchases. Ribbons, Williams-Sonoma, Little Black Dress, The Inviting Place, J. Cole Shoes, Southern Agriculture, C&J School Uniforms, Ihloff Salon & Day Spa, Lambrusco’z To Go, Ziegler Art & Frame, Hasty-Bake, Mint Boutique, Black Optical, Loops, The Little Gym, The Perfect Touch and Travers Mahan Fine Apparel are just a few of the participating merchants. For a full list, visit www.fcsok.org/carecard.  

 

For the first time ever, Care Cards will be sold and accepted this year at select booths at the Junior League of Tulsa’s Holiday Market. Now in its seventh year, Holiday Market will be held November 2-4 at the Exchange Center Building at Expo Square.

 

Another first this year is the “Care Card Carey” social media contest. Between October 29 and November 2, Family & Children’s Services will post on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/fcsok) and in its Twitter feed (www.twitter.com/FCSTulsa) a picture of Care Card Carey, a 12-inch tall Garden Deva sculpture, at a Care Card merchant. Each day, Family & Children’s Services will give away a free Care Card to an individual who correctly guesses Care Card Carey’s location.

 

Care Card Carey is named for Carey Cole, a 22-year volunteer for Family & Children’s Services and former member of the agency’s board of directors. Cole was the first chairperson of the agency’s Black Tie Bingo fundraising event and has assisted with the Care Card campaign, Brainiac Ball, the Abersons & Friends Warehouse Sale and other events sponsored by Family & Children’s Services.

 

The presenting sponsor of Care Card is Bank of Oklahoma. Other sponsors include Saint Francis Health System, BlueCross BlueShield of Oklahoma, George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa World and Tulsa People. Also, On a Whim, Bruce G. Weber Precious Jewels, Castleberry’s Ethan Allen, The Silver Needle, Chuy’s, Tapestry of Faith, Tulsa Kids, Joe Momma’s, SR Hughes, ASCENT, Susan Sadler Fine Jewelry Design, Mama Trizza’s Pottery Shop, Rockin’ Sooner Ranch Mercantile, John Daniel Footwear, Petty’s Fine Foods and Junior League of Tulsa Holiday Market.