Online sales behemoth Amazon is fulfilling several hundred thousand products requested on AmazonSmile Charity Lists through the end of the year. Some of the total items donated include: More than 5,000 blankets, sheets, and pillows; More than 30,000 toys and educational items for kids; More than 40,000 pairs of socks, outerwear, pajamas, pairs of shoes, and other apparel items; and, More than 60,000 food and pantry items from water to canned goods.
Nonprofits can tell supporters to donate, or shop with AmazonSmile.
“This is a season of giving, and we are thrilled to deliver smiles and surprise hundreds of charities with the products they are in most need of right now,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer, Amazon. “AmazonSmile and Charity Lists are two amazing programs that help inspire customers to shop with a purpose. I shop with AmazonSmile and it’s great to see the continued donations Amazon has made to Make-A-Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Club and PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) over the years.”
“We are enormously grateful to Amazon for fulfilling our Charity List,” said Chris Bailey, executive director of the Mona Bailey Academy in Bellevue, Wash. “We believe philanthropy can reform the educational system, and receiving this type of product donation allows us to continue our mission of delivering cutting edge and creative educational programming to underprivileged elementary age students in the Seattle area and beyond.”
In addition to fulfilling hundreds of AmazonSmile Charity Lists, Amazon is also providing help to several organizations with a mission of supporting those experiencing homelessness across the country with more than $1 million in monetary and in-kind donations for the holidays.
There are thousands of AmazonSmile Charity Lists supporting causes from STEM education to homelessness, hunger, disaster relief, pets and animals, youth, health, veterans, and more, with each Charity List carefully curated based on the needs of the respective organization. Plus, many nonprofits have been able to get donations quickly since the program was unveiled. For example, Purrfect Pals, a local cat shelter based in Arlington, Wash., posted a request on Facebook asking for donations to restock their food pantry. Within just two days of the post, customers placed 300 orders worth of $20,000 in pet food.