#GivingTuesday Has Launched!

Our #GivingTuesday Campaign has officially launched! You can learn more on our campaign page or get started with your own #GivingTuesday drive right here.

From November 24th to December 31st, the YouGiveGoods #GivingTuesday Campaign brings together a collection of virtual food, supply and toy drives under one goal: giving back to our nation's charities during the holiday season.

Individual drives are started by schools, companies, nonprofits, shelters and volunteers, to raise goods for favorite charities. The combined raised shows support for giving back, nationwide!

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New Goods Arrival: The Toys Are Here!

Our toys have arrived! They're JUST in time for the upcoming holiday drive season.

Every once in awhile, we refresh our goods selection to reflect the evolving needs of charities across the country... and it looks like a happy assortment of playsets, action figures, dolls, games and more, are on quite a few wishlists this year.

Well, as we're a little more transparent than Santa, you can check out our entire selection of new toy goods all available for your next toy drive. In the mix are a few of America's classic brands, including Fisher-Price, Barbie, and Sesame Street. (Doesn't it bring you back? Ah, those were the days.)

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We Were Part of a #GivingTuesday Webinar

I took part in a #GivingTuesday webinar today. As you can imagine, it was so much fun, and all the panelists were so wonderful, that I had to share it with you. For my bit I spend time discussing how when you should tailor your #GivingTuesday incentive program to what goals you want to get across. I also dropped what this year's YouGiveGoods program will be. Hint: it's very different that other years!

Do feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.

PB2: A Little Food Drive That Connects A Whole World

Not every food drive is about the quantity of products it offers. Sometimes, the community impact is just as substantial by offering just one: for example, peanut butter. That may be oddly specific, but that’s because I have a drive in mind: the Patrick Byrne Peanut Butter Global Nutrition drive (PB2).

Patrick Byrne passed away in 2010, and left behind a legacy of love for the community and peanut butter. PB2 asks students from several high schools to donate peanut butter to orphanages in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Items are donated online, delivered to the partner organization, Foundation for Peace, and then shipped abroad.

The movement may have started with Patrick’s love of peanut butter, but there are very practical reasons why peanut butter is used for international relief. Peanut Butter contains protein, sugar, fat and several vitamins and minerals; all needed for individuals suffering from severe malnutrition. In 2013 the National Post stated malnutrition was “ravaging” Haiti’s children; and the numbers of children affected were unfathomable.

The Byrne family and those who support the campaign may be helping up to 15% of all children in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Yes, up to 15% of all children in these locations are currently living in orphanages. The impact is clearly substantial.

This year's drive will be led by teams in two New Jersey high schools: Morristown High School (Thomas Byrne and Brenden Rochelle) and Delbarton High School (Teddy Vermylen) as well as one in Massachusetts: East Longmeadow High School (Emily Rodgers).

Toys, Kongs, Mats & More Toys at Pennsylvania SPCA

Looks like the first shipment of donated pet goods landed safely at their new home in Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)!

In August this year, nearly $5,000 was raised in their honor by Verizon Wireless for NEATropolis Charity Event 2014. Translated to the goods we shipped out? That's: 33 washable fleece blankets, 41 boxes of wands and mice, 41 boxes of kongs and rope toys, 40 bags each of Hill's Science Sensitive Stomach food for cats and dogs, 720 cans of Hill's Science Diet cat food, and 360 cans of Hill's Science Diet dog food.

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Congratulations to The Campus Kitchens Project

We want to wish a congratulations to The Campus Kitchens Project for just having launched their 39th Campus Kitchen at Saint Peter's University (located in Jersey City, NJ)!

In late August, Campus Kitchens ran a drive with us for a few weeks, raising around $1,500 in additional food to subsidize their new kitchen, and to ensure that each meal going out to the community is full, healthy, and balanced. Check out their drive here.

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