Amazon donates hundreds of thousands of items to charity this Christmas
Amazon has donated hundreds of thousands of products to hundreds of charities across the US via its AmazonSmile programme.
Charities supporting causes ranging from sustainability, STEM education, homelessness, hunger and disaster relief have had their AmazonSmile charity lists fulfilled this Christmas.
AmazonSmile charity lists are created by organisations to list items they require immediately to help those in need. These lists are available on the AmazonSmile website which asks generous shoppers to purchase and donate items from the list.
More than 5000 blankets, sheets and pillows, 30,000 toys, 40,000 shoes, socks and other apparel items and over 60,000 food items have been donated through the programme.
Aside from fulfilling these donated items, Amazon has donated $1 million to charities supporting homelessness alongside 10,000 gift packages, dubbed “boxes of smiles”, to homeless, youth and domestic violence charities.
“This is a season of giving and we are thrilled to deliver smiles and surprise hundreds of charities with the products they are most in need of right now,” Amazon worldwide consumer chief executive said Jeff Wilke said.
“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.”
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee’s chief executive Nancy Keil said: “We are so grateful that Amazon has fulfilled our AmazonSmile Charity List. The holidays are a difficult time of year for families struggling with hunger and we are working tirelessly to ensure that every family in our community has enough to eat. Thanks to Amazon, we are one step closer to achieving this goal.”