Although many of us partake in the act of giving during the holiday season, there are many who feel that they cannot afford to give as much as they'd like to charity. Now a new website called The Giving Effect offers us the opportunity to give not just money, but vital supplies to charities in our neighborhood and all across the country. The site already has 1000 charities registered that have listed items they can use. Many of us have extra stuff sitting around the house, so the Giving Effect provides the opportunity to re-gift our unwanted things. Hit our slideshow to read about a few of the organizations that could use your help, and get inspired to go out and give.
Founder Mitchell Silverman says that “Most people don’t realize there are many small, community-based organizations that could benefit from things we can spare like extra cleaning supplies and gently used books.” You can search the website to match what you have to those who need it. You can also search by type of charity, tax deduction, or location. This also gives the charities a good way to let us know about what they don’t need and what they could use. If you are a part of a charity, signing up for the Giving Effect is free.
“We are working to create a greater awareness of people in need, which is especially urgent during the holidays,” Mitchell Silverman continues. “Each donation on our site becomes a living story that can be shared on Facebook or Twitter to spread the holiday spirit, encouraging friends to follow your lead.” So now you can clean out your closet for the greater good.