Minn.-Based Pear Tree Greetings and CaringBridge Launch Partnership The greeting card company will donate $20 for every referral purchase to the nonprofit communications hub used for families in crisis

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mankato-based Pear Tree Greetings, maker of personalized greeting cards, today announced a new partnership with Minneapolis-based CaringBridge, a leading national nonprofit that provides online tools for people experiencing a life-changing health event. The partnership features a referral program in which Pear Tree Greetings donates $20 to CaringBridge for every referral purchase.

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"Both CaringBridge and Pear Tree Greetings offer ways for families and loved ones to share love, hope and compassion," said Sona Mehring, founder and CEO of CaringBridge. "We are thrilled to be selected as the charitable partner for Pear Tree's new referral program, which gives customers a simple way to give back this holiday season and beyond."

"Pear Tree is a small organization with big aspirations," said Stephanie Bottner, General Manager of Pear Tree Greetings. "We set out to create a referral program that stood by our mission of celebrating life's journey and that could make a difference in the world. Reflecting on our real experiences and impactful organizations, CaringBridge surfaced as the shared connection for all of us."

Together, the two organizations exist to connect loved ones near and far. "The hope is that through our partnership, more people will discover the benefits of using CaringBridge and Pear Tree Greetings to communicate during life's unplanned and planned events," added Bottner.

Here's how Pear Tree Greetings' new "$20 – $20 ­– $20" referral program works:

  1. A Pear Tree Greetings customer refers a friend via email or social networks. The friend receives a message that a $20 credit is waiting for her/him at www.PearTreeGreetings.com.
  2. The friend creates an account and places an order of $40 or more. $20 is credited to her/his total purchase.
  3. At that time, a $20 credit also appears on the customer's account, and $20 is donated to CaringBridge.

About Pear Tree Greetings
Pear Tree Greetings helps you celebrate life's sharable moments with a collection of uniquely personalized Christmas cards, save the date cards, photo cards and stationery made of high quality, 100-pound, matte-finish card stock. With surprisingly affordable designs for every occasion, ready to customize in minutes online, Pear Tree inspires us to stay connected with friends and loved ones. For more information, visit www.PearTreeGreetings.com.

About CaringBridge
CaringBridge is a nonprofit offering many ways for people to care for each other during any type of health event. Its mission is to amplify the love, hope and compassion in the world, making each health journey easier. For more information, visit www.CaringBridge.org.

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