I know a lot of my friends, clients, and readers give back during the holiday season by adopting an “angel” and purchasing gifts for a needy child. It always feels so good to know that you’re making someone’s Christmas a little brighter, and it’s important to remember those of us who aren’t in a position to do a shopping spree at the mall or rack up a big bill on Amazon.
If you’re looking for another way to help out, try Benevolent. Basically, this crowd-funded service works as a sort of Kickstarter for those who are truly in need. Instead of helping to fund someone’s business idea, however, you are providing basic necessities for them to survive. For instance, someone may need a bus pass to make it to and from work, or a single mom may need to buy a bed for her young son. They make a plea and then others can opt to chip in as much money as they’d like to help them out. Nice, huh?
Benevolent is a good reminder that there are countless people who need just basic things to get on their feet, and I like being able to help someone out. Remember—it’s not all about toys and gadgets this holiday.