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by lindastcyr
Categories: Causes, Events, Pop Culture.
Photo: Flickr/ Joe Buckingham

CyberMonday shopping is becoming just as hot as shopping on Black Friday with the benefits of being able to do the shopping from home, avoid the hassles of losing out on the last toy on the shelf, and no waiting in line for check outs. Some non-profits are hoping to reap the benefits from online shoppers by offering discounts, doubling donation amounts, and making a difference in the lives of those who most need your help this holiday season.

So what non-profits will give you the biggest bang for your buck? Here is a list of the top five organizations that will help stretch your dollars and give you the best deals this Cyber Monday:

The Hunger Site-

Buying anything from The Hunger Site helps feed hungery children all over the world. But on CyberMonday the website launched a few specials that are noteworthy. The Wants Wishes Dream Bracelet is listed at 53% off and is on sale for $8. A purchase of this bracelet gives 25 cups of food that help fight famine in the Horn of Africa as well as combatting hunger in the U.S. Free Shipping is available to customers in the U.S. on purchases over $20 who enter the code WISH at checkout.

Also, Cyber Monday shoppers can receive a free Green Aventurine Necklace on purchases over $30 when they enter the code 4YOU at checkout. If hunger isn’t your cause of choice the Hunger Site makes it easy to support other causes such as breast cancer awareness, animal activism, literacy, children’s health, autism awarenes and saving the rainforest. Just click the tabs at the top of the website to find the products that will support the causes you care about.

Toys for Tots-

It is sad to know that some children will never know the joy of holding a toy on Christmas morning. The Toys for Tots Foundation helps to change that sadness by collecting toys and donations that go to less fortunate children in the United States and help them experience the joy of Christmas.

LivingSocial.com is stretching a $5 donation to Toys for Tots to a $10 donation. Toys”R”Us, Hasbro, and other corporate partners will be matching the donations of customers through LivingSocial up to $1 million in an effort to help underpriviledged children by providing them with toys this holiday season.

MedWish-

A $1 donation to MedWish will send $26 worth of medical supplies overseas to developing countries most in need of medical supplies. 90 countries have been aided by MedWish since 1993 when the organization launched. 92 cents of your $1 donation goes toward recovering, repurposing and distributing supplies. Another way you can help MedWish supply those in need with medical supplies is by purchasing items from the MedWish Store. Items offered include T-Shirts, Energy Bracelets, Tote Bags, Travel Mugs, and Water Bottles with all proceeds going to saving lives all over the world.

Care Through Action-

Did you know that a $10 donation to Care Through Action can provide HIV testing for five victims of violence? Or that $12 gives a survivor a week of vocational training? Or that $15 gives education to survivors of violence during their treatment? Or that you could help a victim of violence with $20 because it will provide them with 10 days of hospital stay?

Care Through Action shines a spotlight on human rights abuses to inspire healing and hope while creating long-lasting solutions that protect the human rights of every individual. Since 2007, Care Through Action has assisted over 100,000 survivors of human rights abuses, fed over 100,000 refugees through the World Food Programme, and helped provide shelter, counseling, support, small-business training, and micro-loans to over 2000 women. A donation to Care Through Action on CyberMonday will go a long way toward helping end human rights violations all over the world.

Your Favorite Charity for #CyberGivingMonday-

After you have finished getting the best deals on Cyber Monday why not stop by your favorite charity’s website and make a donation? Carlo Lorenzo Garcia of Huffington Post came up with the idea to give back on Cyber Monday. Garcia’s personal goal is to give $5 to 24 different charities in 24 hours on Cyber Giving Monday.

He writes, “My challenge to you is when you finish your Cyber Monday shopping, why not go to your favorite charity’s website and make an online donation in honor of Cyber Giving Monday. Then, help spread the word about #CyberGivingMonday by posting on Facebook or sending a tweet to encourage your family and friends to follow your lead as a cyber giver.”

About lindastcyr

Linda St.Cyr is a writer, blogger, activist, and short story author. When she isn’t writing or raising her kids with her life partner, she is busy being vocal about feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, and bringing attention to human rights violations all over the world.

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