By Kimberly Paulk, SHARECharlotte.com, a free, easy and local website that makes it easy to learn about and engage with our local nonprofits.
My son and I went shopping this week. But not at a mall. We were shopping online. But not in the usual way. We were shopping at the Give Shop, a new way to get much-needed items into the hands of local Charlotte nonprofits.
Shopping is fun, period. But shopping the Give Shop is even more so, because we could see what items local nonprofits really need to continue their work. My son has a passion for animals, so the Carolina Raptor Center’s bird feeder captured his attention (and stayed within his budget). But there’s a lot to choose from, including mini-butterfly tattoos that McColl Center for Art + Innovation will use to give young patrons attending their Brightwalk installation. A Child’s Place could use a hand cart to help them transport donations.
In all, 17 local nonprofits are participating in this temporary offering from SHARE. The goal is to discover if you – our Charlotte neighbors – would like to give this way. In the Give Shop you’ll find items ranging from a few dollars to several hundred. Some goods are for program needs, some will help the organizations run their businesses. But each item you see will directly impact a local nonprofit by allowing them to continue their work and accomplish their mission.
In your whirlwind day of school, work, soccer games and dance lessons, this is one thing that’s easy. A few clicks and you’re done. We’d love for you to surf a little, find a nonprofit that captures your heart, then shop and ship an item (it’s easy). I suspect you’ll have some fun in the process, and of course we’d love to hear what you think in the comments below!
Curious to know which nonprofits are participating? You can see them all here!