CALGARY, Dec. 23 /CNW/ - So, it's December 26th, otherwise known as Boxing Day, and you are looking for a place to
store the "whatchamacallit" from Aunty Freda and the "doomahickey" from
your sister-in-law. In order to make room, you're going to have to
purge - rather, box up the extraneous stuff (and then figure out what
do with it).
There are several theories on the origin of this day that we call Boxing
Day (see insert), but the two common threads are that it was, and continues to be,
about gathering excess and then, in an act of charity, providing what
you have gathered to someone who needs it.
"This is the part of the process that becomes a little tricky," says
Robb Price, founder of www.delivergood.org. "Who needs what I have?"
DeliverGood.org is a free service, for both charities and donors, that helps solve this
age-old dilemma. DeliverGood matches charities and not-for-profits who
need 'stuff' with the businesses and people who have that 'stuff;' by
proximity, by mission, by name or by need.
Marilyn Dyck, Executive Director of the Doorway, a not-for-profit that
helps street youth transition off the street has set up their
organization's real-time, dynamic wish list on the site and has
experienced several matches in the last couple of months.
"I would encourage charities and not-for-profits to sign up, as we are
an integral part of the supply chain on the site. There truly are no
catches to setting up a free profile and posting a wish list, I know
that first-hand," says Dyck.
"One great benefit for us is that it levels the playing field in terms
of reaching donors. We, a very small organization, have just as much
opportunity to be matched as organizations that have big fundraising
resources," says Dyck.
There are currently over 3,500 needs listed on the website and donations
through www.delivergood.org have ranged the gamut - from laptops and monitors to art and deer meat!
Hayley Wickenheiser, three-time Olympic gold medalist in women's hockey,
a mom and admitted neat freak, is a donor who uses the service to keep
control of the continuous collection of 'stuff' from everyday family
"I think DeliverGood is really filling a need and it is ridiculously
easy to use. I just type in a search field what I have to give and it
matches me with someone close by. I love it."
Boxing Day Quick Facts
Boxing Day is observed by Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Ghana,
Greenland, Guyana, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Kenya, Netherlands, New Zealand,
Nigeria, Finland, Norway, Romania, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad &
Tobago and the United Kingdom.
In South Africa, it's known as "the day of goodwill."
One theory states that the tradition has long included giving money and
other gifts to those who were needy and in service positions. The
European tradition has been dated to the Middle Ages, but the exact
origin is unknown and there are some claims that it goes back to the
late Roman/early Christian era. (Source: Wikipedia)
Another possibility is that the name derives from an old English
tradition: in exchange for ensuring that wealthy landowners'
Christmases ran smoothly, their servants were allowed to take the 26th
off to visit their families. The employers gave each servant a box
containing gifts and bonuses (and sometimes leftover food). (Source: Wikipedia)
Around the 1800s, churches would open their alms boxes (boxes where
people place monetary donations) and distributed the contents to the
poor. (Source: Wikipedia)
DeliverGood.org is FREE for charities and donors and only takes minutes to set-up a
profile. Organizations can set-up a real-time, dynamic wish list that
is searchable by the entire country.
For further information: For further information:
Robb Price, Founder
403-837-7622 - cell phone
(Completely available during the holidays)