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Oklahoma layaway angels, others pay forward while holiday shopping

Kmart customers paying off the accounts of strangers and a global market that supports schoolchildren in Africa are a few unique ways consumers are giving back this holiday season in Oklahoma.
by Jennifer Palmer Published: December 6, 2012
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Kohl's, based in Milwaukee, this week shared stories of some of the winners of its “Dream Receipt” program. Shoppers, some buying gifts or winter clothing, were randomly surprised when the store paid for their purchase. One was nearly $500.

Another retailer, the PAMBE Ghana Global Market in Oklahoma City, offers gifts with a threefold benefit, explains buyer Linda Temple. The purchaser gets something wonderful to give, proceeds benefit schoolchildren in Ghana and the artisans receive a fair wage for their work.

The market, at 6516 N Olie, carries unique items from around the world, including jewelry, bowls, Christmas decorations, pottery and instruments. In its fifth year, the shop opens up for the holidays in a space donated by Chesapeake Energy Corp. and is staffed by volunteers — ensuring more dollars fund PAMBE Ghana, a charity founded by former Oklahoma City resident and teacher Alice Azumi Iddi-Gubbels.

by Jennifer Palmer
Investigative Reporter
Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to...
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At a glance

Gifts with extra benefit

TOMS shoes: For every pair sold, the company donates a pair of shoes to children in need. So far, they have given more than 2 million pairs of shoes. TOMS are sold at Whole Foods Market, Metro Shoe Warehouse, Journeys, Sun & Ski Sports and other stores.

Charity Pot from LUSH: The cosmetics retailer donates every penny, excluding tax, from jars of its Charity Pot body lotion to grassroots charities across the globe. LUSH Cosmetics has one metro area location in Penn Square Mall.

Shop Good: Every item in this Oklahoma City boutique at 3 NW 9 is connected to a deserving charity or community.

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