Choose hope

I rarely pick favorites. But, every once in a while, even this girl gets hooked. My current summer attaché obsession: Juicy Couture’s sweet, petunia-pink “Choose Hope” Canvas Tote from StJude Children’s Research Hospital. As an avid lover of all things, handbag-related, I have to say that this canvas tote featuring the Juicy Couture crest and “Choose Hope” logo printed in gold tone, epitomizes my philanthro-chic style.  Although no longer available at the St. Jude gift shop, I see that Choose Hope handbags and other accessories (including an adorably-chic silver key chain) are still available from online retailers like Amazon.com.

How to donate frequent flier miles to charity

Travelers, give back effortlessly by donating some of those frequent flier miles through programs such as American Airlines’ Miles for Kids in Need, which helps provide free flights for seriously ill children and their families. Most airlines offer similar programs, so check with a customer service representative.



Your travels on Northwest Airlines (NWA) could make a difference in the life of a transplant patient. Donate frequent flier miles to the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). national office or your local chapter.

Members of Delta’s SkyMiles program can donate a minimum of 5,000 miles to SkyWish, which will be used to support selected charities, including Make-A-Wish, CARE, United Way, and another charity which changes every quarter (currently the Arthritis Foundation). Donations can be made by phone at 800-325-3999, or by mail, e-mail, or FAX.
See Delta’s website for more information.

United Airlines Mileage Plus members can make donations to the American Red Cross through United Airline’s Mileage Plus Charity program. The minimum mileage requirement for a donation is 1,000 miles. All donations should be made through the Mileage Plus Service Center by calling 1-800-421-4655. Get more information here: http://www.united.com/page/article/0,,1363,00.html.

If your airline doesn’t offer a frequent flyer miles donation program, you can always head over to Make-A-Wish Foundation, which does not have formal partnerships with airlines; however, can use transferable airline vouchers or tickets on a case-by-case basis. To find out more about airline voucher or ticket donations, contact the