With Christmas just a few weeks away, the holiday shopping season is in full swing. Once again this year, online shopping giant, Amazon, is letting you give back to local charities right here in the Evansville area through their Amazon Smile program. Here's how.

1. Visit Smile.Amazon.com

Open your web browser, and instead of simply typing, "amazon.com," type in "smile.amazon.com" and log into your account as normal. If you don't have an Amazon account, you'll need to create one before making a purchase.

2. Select Your Amazon Smile

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Hover your cursor over "Your Account" in the upper right hand corner to show the pull-down menu. From there select "Your AmazonSmile."

3. Pick Your Charity

Amazon has a few "Spotlight Charities" you can choose from which are generally national organizations. Underneath those, you'll see a search bar where you can seek out local charities supported by the program. While not every non-profit in the area is part of the program, most seem to be from what I can tell based on the few I searched for.

Once you find what you're looking for, simply click the "Select" button to the right of the charity's name, and you're all set.

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You selection will now be listed just below the search bar near the top of the screen.

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4. Get to Shopping!

Now all you need to do is start spending that money! Search for items like you normally would, and when you proceed to checkout, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible items to your selected charity. Not all products available through the retailer are eligible for the program, however according to the About AmazonSmile section, "Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations." Products that are eligible are marked, “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages.

At this point in time, you can only use this feature on a web browser. For whatever reason, Amazon has not made it available through their mobile app.

Happy shopping!