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Check in to change lives

May 17, 2011

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    Leah Hazard/Mercy Corps  </span>
    Today the Mercy Corps team gathered at the Columbia Flagship store to 'check in' for change. Photo: Leah Hazard/Mercy Corps

At high noon, me and 25 of my red-t-shirted Mercy Corps colleagues rode the Max train down to Columbia Sportswear’s flagship store to help kick off a new social media ‘Check In’ campaign for Mercy Corps. For each person who uses their smartphone to ‘check in’ on Facebook Places at a Columbia retail store through the end of May, they’ll donate $1 to support our work – up to $10,000 total!

Our staff was psyched to kick off the campaign and help raise funds for our cause – but the 25% discount each person who checked in received didn’t hurt either!

Columbia is also donating 2,000 of their new Insect Blocker shirts to outfit our global field team and featuring our work to save and improve lives in window displays at retail stores in downtown Portland, PDX Airport, Seattle, Chicago, Mall of America, and Minneapolis.

We want to give a big shout out to all our friends at Columbia Sportswear for inspiring their customers to check in to change lives around the world. Thank you Columbia!

Click here to learn more about how Columbia Sportswear is supporting our work in the world’s toughest places.