Showing posts with label gift cards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gift cards. Show all posts

Monday, March 28, 2022

Senator Rausch talks with Sarah Mabardy (Facebook live - 03/25/22) (video)

Having left Facebook, I try not to encourage folks to go there but in this instance, the 30 min (or so) conversation is worth spending some time with. Senator Becca Rausch prompts Sarah Mabardy to share some great nuggets of info that are well worth implementing (if you haven't already).

For example: Sarah talks about her service orientation, facilitating "word of mouth," and her idea of "everyday impact."

Video link -> https://www.facebook.com/beccarauschMA/videos/266734962322974

And a reminder that the Franklin First Gift Cards can be used all year, not just around the holidays  -> https://franklingiftcard.com/

Senator Rausch talks with Sarah Mabardy (Facebook live - 03/25/22) (video)
Senator Rausch talks with Sarah Mabardy (Facebook live - 03/25/22) (video)

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Yes, #ThinkFranklinFirst Gift Cards are reloadable

To answer a frequently asked question: YES! Think Franklin First Gift Cards are reloadable! Bring your card to our amazing partner, Dean Bank, and add funds anytime! (Cash only!) 

Keep one ready to use in your wallet at all times as a reminder to #ThinkFranklinFirst!  

Status update: we have sold over $47,000 worth of gift cards! Thank you for the support!

Do you have one to spend? Visit www.franklingiftcard.com for a current list of participating businesses!  




Yes, #ThinkFranklinFirst Gift Cards are reloadable
Yes, #ThinkFranklinFirst Gift Cards are reloadable

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Franklin Football Gridiron Club fund raising for gift card raffle

"FHS family, friends, and fans - Thank you so much for taking the time to view our fundraiser page. Your support is greatly appreciated. 
For every $10 you spend, you will receive one raffle ticket to win a Visa gift card: 1-$100 card, 2-$50 cards and 4-$25 cards. ($20 donation gets you two tickets, $30 gets you three tickets, etc.) Drawing to be held in April when the campaign ends. 
Please help these exceptional young men, who are working hard to represent their school and community, reach their goal. 
Please spread the word about our fundraiser by sharing it with your friends via Text, Email, Facebook and Twitter. We greatly appreciate any support! Go Panthers!"
Visit the page to donate 

Franklin Football Gridiron Club fund raising for gift card raffle
Franklin Football Gridiron Club fund raising for gift card raffle


Sunday, February 21, 2021

#ThinkFranklinFirst adds businesses to the listing!

"We are excited to share that 2 new businesses are accepting the #ThinkFranklinFirst gift card! You can now use your card at Mirchi Indian Cuisine and at Night Owl Farm!  

Do you have a Franklin Gift card?  Check out the 40 different businesses where you can redeem them!  These cards are helping our local economy by boosting local spending AND covering processing costs thanks to our generous sponsor, Dean Bank!  

Businesses are redeemed 100% of the funds spent at their locations! Random Smile Project has helped make this initiative possible by donating their time and energy to assist with administrative tasks.  We are so lucky to live in such a supportive community! 

Gift cards are always available both online and at Dean Bank.  www.franklingiftcard.com #supportlocal #shoplocal #giftlocal"


Shared from the Town of Franklin page on Facebook: 
https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=461047405262367&id=109645590402552

A full listing of the participating businesses can be found

#ThinkFranklinFirst adds businesses to the listing!
#ThinkFranklinFirst adds businesses to the listing!

Saturday, February 6, 2021

Another business on the #ThinkFranklinFirst gift card listing to visit


Another local business has joined the #ThinkFranklinFirst gift card program!  We welcome Lotus Lash to the list of participating businesses! 
Gift cards can be purchased at Dean Bank  right in Downtown Franklin or online at www.franklingiftcard.com 
 
#LocalBusiness #LocaSupport #ItMatters #ShopLocal #SpendLocal


You can use the #ThinkFranklinFirst card make your purchase as part of the #ProjectEnvoy eat out/take out, help out effort!
 
Another business on the #thinkfranklinfirst gift card listing to visit
Another business on the #thinkfranklinfirst gift card listing to visit


Saturday, December 26, 2020

BerkShares are an early version of #thinkfranklinfirst gift cards

The Boston Globe has the following:
"Last spring, shortly after it became clear that COVID-19 was more than just a little flu and that local shops would be down and out for more than just a little while, America got to wondering: How can we save small businesses?

Many commentators demanded quick federal relief. Some consumers went on gift card shopping sprees. And 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang tweeted a proposal combining the two — government-issued debit cards redeemable only at locally owned small businesses.

The Twitterati mostly condemned Yang’s idea as “stupid,” “impractical,” and “useless.” And the debit cards never came to pass; consumers got stimulus checks and small businesses got Paycheck Protection Program loans instead.

But a piece of his idea — a currency that could only be spent at local businesses — has been a fixture of life in Massachusetts’ southern Berkshires since 2006."

Continue reading the article online (subscription may be required)

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

FTC Consumer Alert: New tools to fight gift card scams

Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission

by Cristina Miranda
Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

This holiday season (and year-round), gift cards are on scammers' wish lists. Scammers always have a reason for you to pay them immediately with a gift card. And they often tell you which card to buy and which store to visit. That's why the FTC is launching a new Stop Gift Card Scams campaign to work with stores and law enforcement to fight these scams. And it's also why the FTC has taken another look at reporting data to see what's happening lately.

Read more >  https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/12/new-tools-fight-gift-card-scams?utm_source=govdelivery

This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.



 

Monday, December 14, 2020

FAQs for #ThinkFranklinFirst gift cards

It's been two weeks since our #ThinkFranklinFirst Gift Cards launched and we are so happy with the amazing response!  

We wanted to share a few frequently asked questions with the community: 
  1. Cards can be purchased for ANY denomination if they are bought at Dean Bank. Cards purchased online at www.franklingiftcard.com have a $25 minimum, due to processing fees.  
  2. Cards can be purchased with cash only at Dean Bank, and with credit/debit cards online.
  3. This program is not only running during the holiday season! It is our hope that these cards become part of the Franklin shop local mentality. The cards do not have an expiration date.
  4. The list of participating businesses will continue to evolve.  Check the website for the most current list.
  5. The businesses listed have agreed to accept and honor the cards at their locations, although you may not be able to add a tip on the cards. Please be prepared for that 🙂 
  6. A printable list of Participating Businesses is now available on our website here https://franklingiftcard.com/participating-businesses
  7. And finally, this is purely an Economic Development initiative! Businesses are 100% reimbursed for any cards redeemed at their location. 

Thank you for your continued support! 
  • Dean Bank 
  • Random Smile Project

Shared from the Town of Franklin Facebook page => 

FAQs for #ThinkFranklinFirst gift cards
FAQs for #ThinkFranklinFirst gift cards


Tuesday, December 8, 2020

FM #408 Talk Franklin - 12/04/20 (audio) - #thinkfirstfranklin gift cards, tax rate, spear phishing, etc.

FM #408 = This is the Franklin Matters radio show, number 408 in the series. 

This session of the radio show shares my "Talk Franklin" conversation with Town Administrator Jamie Hellen and Marketing and Communications Specialist Anne Marie Tracey. We had our conversation via conference bridge to adhere to the ‘social distancing’ requirements of this pandemic period.

We talk about: 

  • December closing the year out
  • #ThinkFranklinFirst gift cards
  • Tax rate hearing
  • Comcast contract
  • Spear phishing update

We’ll record a session of Talk Franklin each week leading to Christmas and take the holiday week off to begin again in 2021

Links to the key topics covered here are included in the show notes. The recording runs about 45 minutes, so let’s listen to my conversation with Jamie and Anne Marie. 

Audio file = https://anchor.fm/letstalkfranklin/episodes/December-2020-in-Franklin-Tax-Rate--Spear-Phishing--Comcast-and-Franklin-Gift-Cards-enhdje


 

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#ThinkFranklinFirst gift cards  https://franklingiftcard.com/ 


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We are now producing this in collaboration with Franklin.TV and Franklin Public Radio (wfpr.fm) or 102.9 on the Franklin area radio dial. 

This podcast is my public service effort for Franklin but we can't do it alone. We can always use your help.

How can you help?
  • If you can use the information that you find here, please tell your friends and neighbors
  • If you don't like something here, please let me know
Through this feedback loop we can continue to make improvements. I thank you for listening.

For additional information, please visit Franklinmatters.org/

If you have questions or comments you can reach me directly at shersteve @ gmail dot com

The music for the intro and exit was provided by Michael Clark and the group "East of Shirley". The piece is titled "Ernesto, manana"  c. Michael Clark & Tintype Tunes, 2008 and used with their permission.

I hope you enjoy!

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Town Administrator Jamie Hellen updates the Town Council during the 12/02/20 meeting
Town Administrator Jamie Hellen updates the Town Council during the 12/02/20 meeting


Sunday, November 29, 2020

Think Franklin First - gift cards now on sale

"Today is the day! Think Franklin First gift cards are now available for purchase both online and at Dean Bank!  
You can redeem the gift cards at the local businesses pictured below beginning next week!  
www.franklingiftcard.com #thinkfranklinfirst #GivetheGiftofFranklin #localsupport #shoplocal #keepitlocal Dean Bank, Random Smile Project"

Buy your gift card online = www.franklingiftcard.com
Or in person at the Dean Bank branch office on Main St, Franklin

Use the gift cards at these participating Franklin businesses =   https://franklingiftcard.com/participating-businesses


Saturday, November 14, 2020

Town of Franklin, MA: Think Franklin First gift cards coming Nov 25

"BIG NEWS ALERT! We are excited to announce the upcoming launch of Think Franklin First gift cards!

With the incredible support of Dean Bank & the Random Smile Project, these Franklin-only gift cards will be available for purchase beginning on Wednesday, November 25th.

See more... https://t.co/XQ3RcLIvwj"

"They will be redeemable at a wide variety of local businesses! This economic development initiative is intended to help support our local businesses by directing spending away from competition/online retailers into our local economy, where it makes an important impact"

"especially in these difficult times. Stay tuned for more information as we move towards our official launch date! franklingiftcard.com #shoplocal #shoplocalma #ThinkFranklinFirst"

 

Think Franklin First gift cards

Think Franklin First gift cards coming Nov 25
Think Franklin First gift cards coming Nov 25

Monday, April 20, 2020

Visit the Franklin Business Gift Card portal

The Franklin Downtown Partnership is inviting residents to visit the FDP website to buy gift cards and to view updates from our local businesses. 

We have set up a special portal for residents to easily purchase gift cards.
https://www.franklindowntownpartnership.org/p/gift-card-portal.html

 
Gift Card Portal

Gift Card Portal


Thursday, April 2, 2020

Great American Gift Card Purchase - Friday, April 3

Please join us in support local small businesses by participating in the Great American Gift Card Purchase
https://www.facebook.com/events/628613174537145/

Great American Gift Card Purchase - Friday, April 3
Great American Gift Card Purchase - Friday, April 3

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Tips for holiday gift card shopping



Tips for holiday gift card shopping
by Cristina Miranda, Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC

Gift cards are one quick way to get through your last-minute holiday shopping list. But before you give (and get) gift cards, here are a few things you need to know.

Read more 
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2019/12/tips-holiday-gift-card-shopping?utm_source=govdelivery 


This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.



Wednesday, October 17, 2018

FTC Consumer Alerts: Scammers demand gift cards




Consumer Alerts from the Federal Trade Commission
by Cristina Miranda
Division of Consumer and Business Education, FTC


Gift cards are a great way to give a gift. But did you know they are also a scammer's favorite way to steal money? 

According to the FTC's new Data Spotlight, more scammers are demanding payment with a gift card than ever before – a whopping 270 percent increase since 2015.

Read more
https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2018/10/scammers-demand-gift-cards?utm_source=govdelivery

This is a free service provided by the Federal Trade Commission.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Knights of Columbus - Food Drive - March 24-25

The Knights of Columbus is holding an Easter fund raiser for those “in need” at St. Mary Church, One Church Square, Franklin, MA.

All proceeds will benefit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The Knights will have a table set up selling  Stop and Shop gift cards outside the church after Mass on Saturday, March 24 and after each Mass on Sunday, March 25. (5% of sales benefits St. Vincent)

In recognition of significant need, we are also suggesting a second way you can share the spirit of giving. Please donate one or more of the gift cards you purchased (100% of donated card benefits St. Vincent) Contribute a purchased gift card using the Donation Box.

We thank you in advance for your compassion and donation to those less fortunate.

Thank You for your Caring

Knights of Columbus - Sacred Heart Council #1847

Knights of Columbus - Sacred Heart Council #1847
Knights of Columbus
Sacred Heart Council #1847