Do Good Shopping

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Altar’d State celebrates its grand opening at Mall of America (first level, north side—near Nordstrom) today by hosting HandsOn Twin Cities at the store, to encourage shoppers to get involved in the community. This is part of the retailer’s ongoing commitment to giving back. Mondays at Altar’d State are called “Mission Monday,” with 10 percent of net proceeds donated to a local non-profit selected by the store’s staff. In addition to giving locally in each community where it does business, Altar’d State sponsors children in high risk areas of Peru. The company also promotes volunteerism from within, paying its staff for up to four hours of volunteer work each month.

Stop by Altar’d State today, 1-4 p.m. for the grand opening festivities. And here are other stores where you can be sure your dollars do good at Mall of America.

TOMS. It’s always one for one. For every pair of shoes, glasses or bag purchased, one is donated to someone in need. Take a virtual reality “giving trip” in the store to see how they do it. 106 Central Parkway

GreaterGood. From T-shirt to teddy bear, every item purchased supports a charitable cause ranging from autism research to feeding the hungry to breast cancer prevention. 236 South Avenue

Creative Kidstuff. Owned by the same company as GreaterGood, a toy is donated to a disadvantaged child for every item purchased. 148 East Broadway

Nordstrom. Gift cards are easier to justify when you’re giving back. Nordstrom donates 1 percent of all gift card sales to nonprofits in the communities where it does business. 1000 Northwest Court

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