Clean House, Give to Others

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Donate to a local group like Operation Kid Equip, a Michigan nonprofit that helps provide school supplies.

It’s time to
throw open the windows, spruce up your home, and get rid of clutter – the
emotionally gratifying way: donate things you no longer need to causes in your
neighborhood or around the country.

The Giving Effect
is a new website that makes it easy to discover who needs your stuff. Donors
browse the site by needs, location, or categories to find a cause, then
complete a simple form to arrange a pickup, drop off, or shipment.

Participating
organizations include Operation Kid Equip, a nonprofit in Royal Oak, Michigan,
that provides school supplies, toiletries, and food to tens-of-thousands of children
in need, The American Cancer Society, and Habitat for Humanity locations across
the country. Hundreds of animal shelters have also listed their needs with The
Giving Effect.

These
organizations can use almost anything you can spare, from clothes, food, and
books to cleaning supplies and lumber.

Following a
donation, the site generates an easily shareable web page that describes the
gift and who it helped. By sharing the page, donors inspire others to give and
thus increase the impact of their donation.

Spring cleaning
may be a chore, but if you’re doing it for a good cause it can help you feel
great.

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.