20 years of caring
The holiday shopping season kicks off with Care Card.
Longtime Family and Children’s Services volunteer Sharna Bovasso with Christina Woods and Kitina Bartovick, owners of The Dolphin Fine Linens. The Utica Square store has participated in Care Card for 20 years.
This fall, Family and Children’s Services celebrates 20 years of caring with the anniversary of its Care Card fundraiser.
During the week of Oct. 27-Nov. 5, shoppers can buy a $60 Care Card and save up to 20 percent on purchases at more than 200 participating local stores and restaurants. Every dollar used to purchase a Care Card will directly benefit the life-changing programs of FCS.
Family and Children’s Services has been a leading provider of behavioral health care and family services for Tulsans of all ages since 1925. Today, the nonprofit provides hope and healing to 110,000 individuals each year by helping families in crisis and serving those who struggle with mental illness, addiction and
“While the Care Card is a great deal for the shoppers, providing up to 20 percent off pre-holiday shopping, it is also a wonderful way to give to the most vulnerable in our community,” says Dee Harris, director of communications for FCS. “Our hope is that Care Card will continue to grow and that others will realize that $60 is really a small amount that makes a big difference.”
In its 20-year history, Care Card has nearly doubled its retailer participation from 111 merchants in its first year. Merriment Paper and Gifts, Pure Barre Tulsa and Ida Red General Store are among the growing number of new retailer participants this year. Many businesses, such as The Dolphin Fine Linens, are veterans to the cause.
“The Dolphin Fine Linens has been a participating merchant since 1997,” storeowner Kitina Bartovick says. “Merchants that participate are the best stores in Tulsa, maybe in Oklahoma. This shared community of excellence provides the shoppers with the best customer service and highest-quality offerings. We appreciate being one of the original merchants participating in Care Card.”
Bartovick says Care Card also creates an extra holiday for the store and its clients, and the amount of traffic during the weeklong event equates to that of the Christmas shopping season.
“This has become a great opportunity for a pre-holiday sales boost,” she says. “Many of the purchases made during Care Card week are for future winter holidays. These sales allow for an influx of funds to provide even more exciting finds for the holiday season.”
Since 1997, the Care Card initiative has raised approximately $2 million for the programs of FCS. Sharna Bovasso has volunteered for the cause through Care Card for 15 years and says knowing she is supporting an organization that helps families with mental health issues, heals abused children and strengthens families in crisis situations is what makes it so rewarding.
“I like finding (new retailers) who want to be a part of this, as well,” Bovasso says. “People love to save on shopping, and they also love to help people in need, so it is a win-win for all parties involved.”
To learn more, volunteer or purchase a Care Card in support of FCS, visit carecardok.com.