Gift card grants available to area residents
WASHINGTON, DCFinancial Assistance Network has a gift card grant program to help consumers who need to stretch their gift-giving budgets. The gift cards can be used to purchase cameras, audio systems, luggage, jewelry, office and desktop electronics and more from Internet and catalog merchants.
To qualify, individuals must have income of less than $32,121. Families will also qualify to receive a $150 gift card package if they have more than $7,500 in credit card balances, and the balance is not getting paid off due to high interest rates. Seniors and the disabled can qualify for up to $250 in gift cards. Volunteers can also qualify to receive a $250 gift card package if they promise to give the gifts they receive to at least two people in need.
Financial Assistance Network has hundreds of thousands of gift cards that will be distributed to consumers before the end of the year, says Gary Compton, a volunteer at the nonprofit agency. We are very excited about the gift card giveaway program because several generous individuals and companies are also buying gift cards at national retailers for us to distribute to needy individuals and families. In addition to the catalog and Internet merchant gift cards, we will also be distributing gift cards from many national retailers including Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Blockbuster Video, Borders Books, Circuit City, Eckerd, Gap, GNC, Hollywood Video, Home Depot, J.C. Penneys, Kmart, Olive Garden, Payless Shoe Source, Radio Shack, Red Lobster, Sears, Staples, Target, Toys-R-Us, Wal-Mart and many more. We expect to distribute at least 3,000 gift card giveaway packages in the Rockford, Ill., area before the end of the year.
Individuals who qualify can receive the gift card giveaway package by sending five first-class stamps to: Financial Assistance Network, Gift Card Giveaway Package GCG-02F, P.O. Box 60848, Washington, D.C., 20039-0848. Consumers can also get information by calling (202) 882-6000 or by visiting Financial Assistance Networks Web site: www.GiftCardGiveaway.com.