Virtual Toy Drives in 2020 Will Save the Day

Holiday toy drives are a tradition in communities across the country. But this year COVID-19 has created a perfect storm of challenging circumstances; school and workplace closures have caused a great increase in need, while social distancing and COVID-19 restrictions have made collection box drives and Angel Giving Trees extremely difficult. Fortunately, in 2020 virtual toy drives will step up to fill the gap and help bring joy and hope to less fortunate kids.

The pandemic has forced kids to deal with the cancellation of activities they love, isolation from friends, anxiety, stress and fear and lower income families have been hit hard with increased economic hardship. More than ever caring community members want to be sure kids in need have a truly happy holiday season 2020, complete with the opening of presents.

But the challenges are real. Most businesses are still either allowing or requiring employees to work from home making workplace collection box drives impossible. Schools and places of worship which help supply local children with holiday gifts are also unable to hold their annual events due to closures and restrictions. And the trend for online shopping was on the rise before COVID-19, but now the shift is even more pronounced with far less people shopping in retail stores which were typically sites for collection box drives.

YouGiveGoods, the e-commerce platform that enables corporations, groups and individuals to run virtual drives to raise brand-new items for nonprofits, has become a valuable tool for nonprofits and businesses dealing with the demand and restrictions brought on by COVID-19. With record high forecasted demand from large corporate toy drive sponsors and nonprofits including Toys for Tots, YouGiveGoods committed to bringing in six times as many toys as they had in 2019 to meet the explosive need.

“We could never have foreseen these circumstances when we started the business in 2011,” explains Lisa Tomasi, President of YouGiveGoods, “but now we find ourselves uniquely equipped to help people in need in the time of COVID-19. Corporations want to continue their holiday toy collection drives and they are finding that YouGiveGoods can closely replicate that experience in a way that works in our current environment. In 2020 virtual toy drives will be a substantial source of holiday toys for donation programs supplying gifts to less fortunate kids across the U.S.”

Toy drive season typically starts in early November but not this year, YouGiveGoods already has over 150 virtual toy drives either running or preparing to start on November 1. YouGiveGoods has some recommendations for those considering running a 2020 virtual toy drive:

1) Start ASAP No one knows what tomorrow will bring with COVID-19. One day a shipping or fulfillment company is fully staffed, the next, whole teams could be out for two weeks or more. Shipping will be an issue as the holidays approach so YouGiveGoods is recommending drives on their site start asap and end late November/early December to guarantee gifts arrive in time for holiday distribution events.

2) Connect with Nonprofit Needs. Online events enable organizers to direct donors to purchase the items the nonprofits need to serve their clients. Additionally, holiday drives can include coats/cold weather gear, food, diapers, and other critical need items for nonprofits which allows them to benefit from the holiday spirit of giving through December.

3) Shop Early. YouGiveGoods is fully stocked with toys but toy inventory is not unlimited. Getting virtual giving events up now and encouraging donors to shop early will allow YouGiveGoods to be able to react to any sudden surge in inventory needs.

“My team is working tirelessly to meet the growing demand for our service but no one is complaining; we consider ourselves lucky to witness the best in people during these most difficult times,” said Ms. Tomasi. “We are stocked and ready to ship out toys and gifts to organizations serving kids in need across the country!”

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4 Ways to Help During Diaper Need Awareness Week 2020

On September 21 – 27 we’ll observe National Diaper Need Awareness Week, an effort initiated by the National Diaper Bank Network to shed light on the cause and offer assistance to families suffering from diaper need. It’s estimated that 1 in 3 families in the U.S. struggle to afford the diapers they need for their babies and toddlers – and that was before all the economic troubles ushered in by COVID-19.

Now more than ever families facing economic hardship may need to prioritize things like paying for rent, utilities and food over purchasing diapers. Diapers are expensive and cannot be bought with government assistance programs such as WIC and SNAP (formerly called “food stamps”). Yet experts recognize diapers as a basic need. According to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, diapers “are the first line of defense against infection and disease — and are even linked to preventing depression and violence.”

During National Diaper Need Awareness Week there are simple actions you can take to raise awareness and provide aid to families in need. Here are 4 ways you can help:

1) Run a diaper drive COVID-19 has made collection drives a bit more complicated but still possible. Or, you can run a virtual diaper drive using YouGiveGoods free giving platform. YouGiveGoods online drives are free to run and offer diapers, wipes, and ointments. Plus, online drives are easy to share via email and social media. Tap into your social networks and make a real difference in the lives of area families. Make an even bigger impact when you enlist your company, school or group to sponsor your diaper drive!

2) Donate diapers Pick up a box during your next grocery trip and bring it to a local diaper bank. If there’s not one near you check with you local food pantry or area nonprofits to see if they accept diapers. Or donate to a diaper drive on YouGiveGoods. There are many running including drives supporting diaper banks in New Jersey, Washington, Florida and Oregon.

3) Donate cash A cash donation to your local diaper bank or to the National Diaper Bank Network goes a long way to helping these organization meet their end goal of ending diaper need in the United States.

4) Spread awareness The issue of diaper need is not one that is in the forefront of the news. Social media has made it so easy to educate and raise awareness. A great tool to use is the National Diaper Bank’s State Diaper Statistics. Share the diaper need statistics of your state to help educate your online community about the need that exists right in their own backyards. Be sure to use the tags #EndDiaperNeed and #BasicsArentBasic.

Healthy, happy babies is a cause we can all get behind (pun intended). Let’s take just a few minutes of our time during Diaper Need Awareness Week to do our part to support the diaper banks providing solutions to families struggling today with diaper need.

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Four Ways to Help During Hunger Action Month

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned our lives upside down and clobbered the economy. Factors such as skyrocketing unemployment, kids home from school with no access to free or low cost meals, increases in food prices and disruption of supply chains have provided a perfect storm for food insecurity across the country. In fact, Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research reported that food insecurity doubled in the U.S. in April and tripled among households with children1 – that’s millions of families struggling with hunger, many for the first time.

In September we will observe Hunger Action Month. This year more than ever we are called to take action to help solve the problem that is hunger. While this may seem like a huge task, your own effort, no matter how large or small, helps lead us forward in the fight. Not sure how you can help? Here are some ideas on how be part of the solution during Hunger Action Month.

1) Advocate Lending your voice to a cause has never been easier in today’s age of social media. Feeding America has created a list of 5 Myths about Hunger for you to share to help spread the facts about food insecurity with your online community. Remember to include the hastag #HungerActionMonth.

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#GivingTuesdayNow is today - be a part of it!

Today we celebrate the first ever #GivingTuesdayNow which calls upon people around the globe to come together with acts of generosity, gratitude and kindness as we all struggle to fight the same adversary, COVID-19.

Corporations, groups, schools and individuals can rally around GivingTuesdayNow to make a real impact during these most challenging times. Especially now when employees are adjusting to working remotely, GivingTuesdayNow is an opportunity for them to feel united again and bond over something positive. And, if you haven't already, take time today to reevaluate your corporate virtual volunteering program. In our new normal, virtual volunteering in our communities will be more important than ever.

How can your organization take part? Some ideas include sending notes of thanks to healthcare workers, giving blood, and organizing the delivery of meals to homebound seniors. Find more creative ideas here and remember to use the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow.

And, if you are able, make a donation to a nonprofit in honor of the day. Nonprofits have struggled to keep up with the growing need while keeping their staff and volunteers safe. They could use corporate support now more than ever.

YouGiveGoods continues to make important deliveries of food and supplies to nonprofits amidst the pandemic. Your YouGiveGoods purchase on #GivingTuesdayNow makes a real impact. You can search current YouGiveGoods events to donate needed food and supplies to a nonprofit on the frontline of this crisis. Or contact us to find out how to unite your company around a cause with a customized YouGiveGoods event.

As these days and weeks blend into each other and isolation really sets in, it’s important to stand up today unified in hope, kindness, generosity and gratitude. #GivingTuesdayNow reminds us together we are stronger and in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic we must support each other as well as our essential workers and nonprofits working to see us through this crisis.

GivingTuesdayNow: Hope, Unity, Giving

In response to the unprecedented need caused by the COVID-19 crisis, the organization behind the giving movement, GivingTuesday, announced a brand-new global day of giving and unity called GivingTuesdayNow, to be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

The COVID-19 crisis has put already vulnerable people around the world in a dangerous position. Nonprofits have struggled to keep up with the growing need while keeping their staff and volunteers safe. Nonprofits, now more than ever, need support to continue their work on the frontlines of this crisis.

The people behind GivingTuesday know something about giving. GivingTuesday 2019 generated $2 billion in donations in the United States alone. In addition to the massive donations, GivingTuesday also inspires countless acts of generosity including volunteering and simple acts of kindness.

GivingTuesdayNow, the new call to kindness and generosity, aims to provide resources now, when they are so desperately needed. We are asked to give what we can and are encouraged to also perform simple acts of kindness in our community. Check out GivingTuesdayNow’s ideas for how to take part on May 5.

Corporations, groups, schools and individuals can rally around GivingTuesdayNow to make a real impact during these most challenging times. If you’ve considered donating to support your favorite nonprofit, be a part of the global movement of GivingTuesdayNow and make that donation on May 5.

You can also take part by making a donation of goods using YouGiveGoods online giving platform. Over 400 COVID-19 virtual giving events are being run on the platform raising brand-new food and supplies for nonprofits in every one of the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C. In this time of social distancing, YouGiveGoods online giving events are fast becoming the preferred way for individuals to donate most-needed goods to nonprofits. Choose a cause or enter your zip code to find a giving event to shop for as part of GivingTuesdayNow.

Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday says it best when she explains, “We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities. #GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end.”

GivingTuesdayNow aims to bring the global community together in acts of support and kindness which bind us together even while we are apart. No matter how you choose to participate, be sure to take part in GivingTuesdayNow and use the hashtag #GivingTuesdayNow. Together we can help pave the way for a better tomorrow.

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6 Tips for Employee Virtual Volunteering in the Time of COVID-19

Businesses across the country are scrambling to adapt to the changes and challenges brought about by the COVID-19 crisis. Stress and uncertainty abound, but, strikingly, amidst this upheaval there is a desire from so many to help others. In recognition of National Volunteer Week (April 19-25), corporations should take stock of their virtual volunteering program and consider ramping it up for COVID-19 response.

Nonprofits, like corporations, had to turn on a dime to attempt to deal with the crisis at hand. Most are dealing with a sharp increase in demand for their services while facing limited volunteer staff and a disruption in their regular fundraising activities. Nonprofits could use corporate support now more than ever.

Corporations that carve out time to prioritize their philanthropic response to COVID-19 will gain the respect and loyalty of employees and the community at large. Given the physical limitations dictated by social distancing, virtual volunteering is the way to go. What should your corporation consider when setting up your COVID-19 CSR response?

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YouGiveGoods open and ready to help amid COVID-19 crisis

It's hard to believe the reality of our current situation. There's so much uncertainty and anxiety as we work to protect our loved ones amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are also called upon to practice social distancing for the greater good of the community more so than for our own personal benefit. The very nature of this crisis challenges people to consider others, particularly the most vulnerable, as we go about our everyday lives in this surreal landscape.

YouGiveGoods was created to serve the most vulnerable in our communities and now more than ever we are working to continue our service while keeping our employees safe. As an e-commerce company, our employees have the benefit of working remotely as we facilitate deliveries of needed food and supplies to nonprofits across the country.

While this is a highly changeable situation, there is some important information we'd like to share with you regarding our current operations:

Random Acts of Kindness Week 2020: Office Edition

Who doesn't want to work in a positive, pleasant environment? Small acts of kindness go a long way to creating a workplace atmosphere where employees can be happy and productive.

Random Acts of Kindness Week 2020 is the week of February 16-23 and Random Acts of Kindness Day is Feb. 17. The Random Acts of Kindness movement aims to make the world a better place by encouraging people young and old to carry out simple acts of kindness.

The beauty of this movement is in its simplicity. Most take no planning, cost nothing and take just a moment of your time. And, not only does your act brighten someone’s day, knowing you’ve done a good deed will most definitely brighten your own.

This year pledge to bring your kindness with you to the office. You can find many great ideas on’s Workplace Kindness Calendar. We’ve compiled our favorites onto the handy infographic below. We recommend you print lots of copies and hang up around the office to encourage your colleagues to embrace a culture of kindness.

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MLK Day of Service 2020

On January 20,2020, we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King Day of Service which honors the memory and legacy of the great Civil Right leader. On this annual federal holiday, celebrated on the third Monday in January, we are called to honor Dr. King who worked tirelessly to bring the values of equality, peace, community and love to reality with acts of service in our communities.

How will you take part in MLK Day of Service in a meaningful way? We suggest you start with the Corporation for National and Community Service’s MLK Day of Service website at The website offers information and educational materials in addition to a link to a searchable database of volunteer opportunities.

If you are unable to join a volunteer project on the holiday, there are still many ways to get involved. Below are some creative ideas of how you can celebrate this day's message of civic duty and compassion.

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#GivingTuesday: The Global Generosity Movement

It seems like the holiday décor took over in stores before we even finished our Halloween candy this year. If you’re like most, including Charlie Brown, you find the commercialism of the season to be overwhelming.

Luckily, there’s a way to usher in the holiday season that actually feels good while doing good for others! We’re talking, of course, about #GivingTuesday, the “global generosity movement” that simply asks people to “help others through the gift of your time, donations, goods or your voice.”

#GivingTuesday 2019 falls on December 3 this year. There will be so many opportunities for you to be a part of it, the question shouldn’t be if you will contribute but how. If you don’t know much about #GivingTuesday, let us assure you this movement is the real deal. On #GivingTuesday 2018 nearly $400 million were raised in the US alone bringing the total amount raised online for charity on #GivingTuesday since its inception in 2012 to over one billion dollars!

So with less than three weeks until the big day, it’s time to start thinking about what you will do to help propel the movement to even bigger heights this year. Simply consider what charity or organization you’d like to support and then determine how you will help: donate cash, donate needed goods, volunteer your time or services, and/or raise awareness.

YouGiveGoods makes it easy to join the #GivingTuesday movement by shopping online for most-needed goods for charity. And, on December 3, all purchases of $50+ on any YouGiveGoods drive, will earn a 10% cash back gift for the charity, courtesy of YouGiveGoods.

You can make an even bigger impact by running your own YouGiveGoods event raising goods for your favorite charity. Simply personalize your event and invite friends and family to shop online.

And, just who is YouGiveGoods and how did we get so good at facilitating giving, you may ask? Learn more about us here.

Whatever avenue you choose, be sure to be a part of #GivingTuesday this year. Let’s help keep the momentum going and build the movement that is making a real impact in communities across the country.

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