Charities Wish for ‘Regifting’

More than 1,000 charities join The Giving Effect seeking donations of unwanted gifts or gently used items.

Bears on Patrol provides teddy bears to law enforcement agencies.

Bears on Patrol provides teddy bears to law enforcement agencies for crisis situations involving children.

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Bears on Patrol, a Carrollton, Georgia, nonprofit organization, collects stuffed animals for police officers to give to children in crisis situations. They are one of more than 900 cause-based organizations registered on The Giving Effect that are hoping to connect with new donors this holiday season.

Blake Raab, executive director of Bears on Patrol, says, “We are very excited about working with The Giving Effect. We have already received several shipments of teddy bears and stuffed animals, all of which get distributed to local police departments for use in domestic incidents involving kids.”

In addition to stuffed animals, donors use The Giving Effect to connect with charities that need pretty much everything you can spare, from clothes, food, books and shoes, to cleaning supplies, cars, fencing and lumber.

“We are working to create a greater awareness of people in need, which is especially urgent during the holidays,” says Mitchell Silverman, co-founder of The Giving Effect. “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.”

Organizations registered on The Giving Effect include The American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, in Napa, California, Baltimore Theatre Project in Maryland, and Pibbles & More Animal Rescue in Queens, New York.

Donating is easy – browse the site by needs, location and categories to find causes you’d like to connect with. Then, complete a simple form to arrange a pickup, drop off, or shipment. Tax receipts are issued via email when the items are received.

The Giving Effect uses social media to help donors discover and connect with organizations that need items such as clothes, shoes and food. It’s the first website to create stories around each in-kind donation that can be easily shared online to inspire others to give. The goal is to create a national movement to get food, gently used items and more to people in need. The Giving Effect is headquartered in Brooklyn, New York.

Bears on Patrol provides free teddy bears for police officers to use in any situation where small children are involved. Psychological studies have proven that stuffed animals have a significant calming effect on children in stressful or traumatic circumstances. Bears on Patrol currently supports 24 police departments in 19 states, and is quickly growing to include more.