Homeless gifts website hits fundraising benchmark

Homelesspartners.com has been operating in Greater Victoria for the past four years

A B.C.-based website that connects homeless residents with generous donors has reached its fundraising goal to expand across the globe.

Homelesspartners.com has been operating in Greater Victoria for the past four years and sees volunteers interview people at local shelters about their Christmas wish lists. Stories are then posted to the organization’s website and locals can choose to purchase gifts for Victoria’s neediest residents.

On Nov. 20, Homeless Partners’ Indiegogo campaign reached its $10,000 goal to build a new website that allows other cities to run the program with the click of a mouse.

“We are so grateful to everyone who ran the story and made it possible for these contributions,” said Jennie Keeran, a volunteer with Homeless Partners. “Our next step is to use these donations to create significant growth of homelesspartners.com by creating a new, more intuitive and flexible website.”

Organizers in Portland, Ore. have already expressed interest in the program, she said. Check out local stories at homelesspartners.com.



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