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Top 100 Charity Trends in 2016

From Efficient Blood Donation Apps to Supportive LGBTQ Campaigns

— January 29, 2017 — Social Good
These 2016 charity trends show that giving takes many forms. With non-profits, brands, artists and more all taking initiative to improve another's well-being, it's clear that both small and large efforts have the power to make a substantial difference.

Although most consumers would like to give to worthy causes, many don't take the time to act on it. However with interactive donation kiosks like those from WaterAid, contributing is easier than ever. Also featured in these 2016 charity trends is the Sleepbus, a mobile shelter that provides a warm bed to those living on the streets. In addition to the individual sleeping pods, the bus offers kennels for pets, storage lockers and washrooms.

In an effort to give sick children more confidence, artist Benjamin Lloyd went to a New Zealand hospital and covered participants with colorful temporary tattoos. In Romania, the Brave Cut became popular, as women all over donated their locks and showed solidarity for others fighting cancer. Those interested in learning about more campaigns can check out our 2017 Trend Reports.
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Charitable Hair Cuts
Charitable Hair Cuts
The 'Brave Cut' is Helping Romanian Women Who are Fighting Cancer
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99
Charitable Ping Pong Tournaments
Charitable Ping Pong Tournaments
The Pongapalooza Event is Held in Support of First Book Canada
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98
Panhandling Audio Systems
Panhandling Audio Systems
The 'Songs for Thomas Piketty' Project Uses Boomboxes to Collect Money
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97
Disco-Themed Fundraisers
Disco-Themed Fundraisers
CANFAR's 'Dressed Up Disco' Fundraiser Benefits HIV/AIDS Research
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96
Hands-On Youth Programs
Hands-On Youth Programs
The PACT Urban Peace Program Helps Empowerment At-Risk Youth
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95
Data-Donating Refugee Campaigns
Data-Donating Refugee Campaigns
Three Sweden Lets Customers Donate Their Leftover Data to UNHCR
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94
Cancer-Fighting Restaurant Campaigns
Cancer-Fighting Restaurant Campaigns
Arooga's is Donating to the 'Feel Your Boobies Foundation'
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93
Confiscated Land Exhibits
Confiscated Land Exhibits
This Project Shows the Struggles Faced in Urban Italian Areas
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92
LGBT-Friendly Refugee Shelters
LGBT-Friendly Refugee Shelters
This Center Provides Supports for LGBT refugees in Germany
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91
Refugee Home Rentals
Refugee Home Rentals
Two Bristish Creatives Post on Airbnb to Raise Money for Refugee Relief
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90
Charitable Impact Apps
Charitable Impact Apps
This App Allows Donors to Keep Tabs On Charitable Groups That They Support
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89
Anime-Inspired Dog Walks
Anime-Inspired Dog Walks
Pokémon Go is Being Used to Attract Animal Shelter Volunteers
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88
Charitable Thanksgiving Campaigns
Charitable Thanksgiving Campaigns
Kelvin Used His Fame to Start Up the 'Everybody Eats Foundation'
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87
Charitable Clickbait Strategies
Charitable Clickbait Strategies
RXM Creative is Using Clickbait Headlines to Raise Donations
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86
All-Advertisement Magazines
All-Advertisement Magazines
'IT RAN' is a Unique Magazine That Features No Editorials or Articles
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85
Coffee Shop Food Donations
Coffee Shop Food Donations
The Starbucks FoodShare Program Donates Fresh Meals to Food Banks
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84
Poverty-Inspired Diets
Poverty-Inspired Diets
Jal Gua's Owner Bases Food Offerings on His Experience as a Child Soldier
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83
Voluntary Stranger Confessionals
Voluntary Stranger Confessionals
The Urban Confessional Project Give People a Chance to Be Heard
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82
Food Rescue Apps
Food Rescue Apps
On-Demand App Transfernation Picks Up Leftover Food to Donate to the Needy
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81
Reinvigorated Sporting Sites
Reinvigorated Sporting Sites
Nike Partnered with the City of Rio to Revitalize Sports Programs
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80
Animal-Saving Lipsticks
Animal-Saving Lipsticks
This Kat Von D Lipstick Supports Chimps and Fights Animal Testing
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79
Charitable Burger Geofilters
Charitable Burger Geofilters
A&W's Campaign on Snapchat Brings Attention to 'Burgers to Beat MS'
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78
Leftover Food-Collection Apps
Leftover Food-Collection Apps
This App Focuses On Food Waste Prevention in Philadelphia
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77
School-Based Grocery Programs
School-Based Grocery Programs
The Food for Free Program Allows Parents to Shop for Healthy Food
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76
Efficient Blood Donation Apps
Efficient Blood Donation Apps
The Dubai Blood Donation Centre App Sends Group-Specific Requests
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75
Conscious Clothing Boxes
Conscious Clothing Boxes
For Each Subscription Purchased, Kidbox Donates Clothing to Kids in Need
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74
Anime Charity Stickers
Anime Charity Stickers
'Line' Released Pokémon-Themed Stickers and All the Proceeds Go to Charity
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73
Charitable Soda Bottle Promotions
Charitable Soda Bottle Promotions
Coca-Cola's Holiday Labels Help Provide Meals for Those in Need
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72
Charity-Focused Family Vacations
Charity-Focused Family Vacations
This Organization Offers Trips for Socially Conscious Families
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71
Charitable Food ATMs
Charitable Food ATMs
This Free Food Fridge is Operated by a Local Church in West Delhi, India
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70
Patriotic Pride Hats
Patriotic Pride Hats
These Hats Parody Trump's Campaign Slogan and Support the LGBTQ Community
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69
Gamified Donation Apps
Gamified Donation Apps
The Givdo App is a Game That Enables Players to Make Charitable Donations
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68
Fast Food Coupon Books
Fast Food Coupon Books
Burger King is Giving Away Coupons to Those Who Donate to Its Foundation
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67
Corporate Charity Apps
Corporate Charity Apps
The Good Done Great App Helps Fortune 500 Firms Manage Charitable Efforts
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66
Awareness-Raising Chat Bots
Awareness-Raising Chat Bots
The Charity Chat Bot Helps Messenger Users Understand the Water Crisis
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65
Immersive Refugee Installations
Immersive Refugee Installations
Save the Children's 'Forced to Flee' Brings Real Stories to Life
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64
Charitable Travel Platforms
Charitable Travel Platforms
'Kind Traveler' is a Booking Platform That Supports Local Causes
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63
Charitable Virtual Gardens
Charitable Virtual Gardens
Cancer Research UK Celebrates Its Supporters with a VR Flower Garden
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62
Literary Art Trails
Literary Art Trails
The BFG 100th Anniversary is Celebrated with a Celebrity Dream Jar Project
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61
Streamlined Donation Apps
Streamlined Donation Apps
The GIVIT Donation App Helps Australians Donate Essential Items
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60
Airline-Branded Luxury Sneakers
Airline-Branded Luxury Sneakers
The Virgin America First Class Shoes Bring Luxury Flying to Feet
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59
Disney Character Photo Campaigns
Disney Character Photo Campaigns
Disney's #ShareYourEars Campaign Supported a Charitable Cause
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58
Fashion-Forward Footballs
Fashion-Forward Footballs
Fashion Designers Create Bespoke Footballs In Honor of Super Bowl 50
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57
Charitable Gift-Giving Apps
Charitable Gift-Giving Apps
The 'Gift of Kindness' App Lets Users Donate on Behalf of Others
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56
Blood Bank Delivery Drones
Blood Bank Delivery Drones
This Company is Using Drones to Deliver Blood to Rural Parts of Rwanda
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55
Charity-Supporting Ankle Booties
Charity-Supporting Ankle Booties
The 'Gigi Boot' Was Co-Designed by Gigi Hadid for a Good Cause
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54
Homelessness Photo Series
Homelessness Photo Series
'Through Our Eyes' Documents the Daily Lives of the Homeless
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53
Anti-Theft Pop-Up Shops
Anti-Theft Pop-Up Shops
Back Me Up's 'Stolen Goods Shop' Reveals Commonly Stolen Items
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52
Charitable Canned Water
Charitable Canned Water
Labatt is Helping Firefighters in Canada One Can at a Time
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51
Charitable Coffee-Gifting Apps
Charitable Coffee-Gifting Apps
The 'Nack' App Allows Users to Buy Anyone a Cup of Coffee
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50
Charitable Promotion Pranks
Charitable Promotion Pranks
Matt Damon Raised Money for Safe Water and Sanitation Efforts
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49
Charitable Custom Apparel
Charitable Custom Apparel
A$AP Rocky and Superism Created the 'Vision' Campaign to Benefit Youth
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48
Loan-Paying Search Engines
Loan-Paying Search Engines
BrowseU Helps People Pay Off Student Debt Through Advertising Revenue
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47
Interactive Donation Kiosks
Interactive Donation Kiosks
WaterAid Has Debuted a Interactive System for Making Donations
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46
Conflict Awareness Cafes
Conflict Awareness Cafes
International Alert's 'Conflict Cafe' Explores Lebanon and Sri Lanka
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45
Cat-Sheltering Mosques
Cat-Sheltering Mosques
This Istanbul Mosque is Saving Homeless Cats from the Winter Weather
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44
Hunger-Fighting Video Games
Hunger-Fighting Video Games
'PacMan Vs. Hunger' Uses a Classic Game to Support a Good Cause
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43
Charitable Design Auctions
Charitable Design Auctions
The GlasLove Initiative Raises Money for Cancer Through Glass Artwork
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42
Charitable Mattress Designs
Charitable Mattress Designs
The Leesa ArtLifting Mattress Helps Homeless and Disabled Artists
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41
Charitable Giraffe Emojis
Charitable Giraffe Emojis
'Gretta Grace' is Raising Awareness for Animal Extinction with Emojis
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40
Charitable Smartphone Cases
Charitable Smartphone Cases
Apple's New Red iPhone Battery Case Supports Aids Research
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39
Charitable Artist Backpacks
Charitable Artist Backpacks
The Profits from These New EASTPAK Carriers Go Towards AIDS Research
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38
Social Good Snack Clusters
Social Good Snack Clusters
Project 7's 'Good Squared' Promotes Good Health and World Change
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37
Reporter-Made Paisley Sneakers
Reporter-Made Paisley Sneakers
Craig Sager Joined with Nike for a Charitable Air Force 1 Update
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36
Robotic Life Preservers
Robotic Life Preservers
The EMILY Robot is Used to Save the Lives of Refugees at Sea
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35
Micro-Donation Apps
Micro-Donation Apps
The Spotfund App Lets You Make Small Donations to Charities
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34
Awareness-Raising Sweatshirts
Awareness-Raising Sweatshirts
This Fashionable Breast Cancer Hoodie Encourages Early Detection
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33
Supportive LGBTQ Campaigns
Supportive LGBTQ Campaigns
The Riot Life's #UniteForLove Tees Raise Money for LGBTQ Non-Profits
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32
Water Crisis VR Films
Water Crisis VR Films
charity: water's Virtual Reality Event Tells a Powerful Story About Water
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31
Crossed Strap Backpacks
Crossed Strap Backpacks
EASTPAK Tapped Vetements for This Artist Studio Collection Release
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30
Donation-Based Coffee Shops
Donation-Based Coffee Shops
Orlando's 'Downtown Credo' Lets Customers Pay What They Can for Coffee
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29
Jogger Music Festivals
Jogger Music Festivals
The Night Nation Run is the World's First Running Music Festival
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28
Breast Cancer-Awareness Editorials
Breast Cancer-Awareness Editorials
The New Fashion Targets Breast Cancer Shoot Features Top Models
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27
Colorful Charitable Furniture
Colorful Charitable Furniture
Marni Offers Colorful Outdoor Furniture with a Charitable Goal
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26
Anti-Bullying LGBTQ Campaigns
Anti-Bullying LGBTQ Campaigns
Connor Franta, Urban Outfitters and GLSEN Joined to Help Students
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25
Anti-Social Media Hunger Campaigns
Anti-Social Media Hunger Campaigns
The Delete to Feed Campaign Encourages Offline Interactions
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24
Charitable Smartwatch Bands
Charitable Smartwatch Bands
TOMS Apple Watch Bands Provide for People in Need
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23
Floating Urban Forests
Floating Urban Forests
'Swale' is a Floating Barge Topped with an Edible Forest Garden
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22
Waterproof Homeless Tents
Waterproof Homeless Tents
The 'WeatherHYDE' Outside Tent is a Reversible All-Season Dwelling
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21
Charitable Fuchsia Sneakers
Charitable Fuchsia Sneakers
Victor Cruz Joined with the Sneaker Room for the 'Pink Fire' Release
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20
Charity Ball VR Presentations
Charity Ball VR Presentations
The Charity Water VR Was Presented at Its Annual Black-Tie Gala
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19
Late Skateboarder Sneakers
Late Skateboarder Sneakers
Profits from Dylan Rieder's Design Will Go to Macmillan Cancer Support
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18
Fire-Powered Smartphone Chargers
Fire-Powered Smartphone Chargers
JikoPower Uses Fire Power to Charge the Smartphones of Kenyans
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17
Charitable Donation Apps
Charitable Donation Apps
The Gone for Good App Helps Users Donate Gently Used Items
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16
Hunger-Combating Jewelry
Hunger-Combating Jewelry
This Charitable Initiative Trades Jewelry for Food
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15
Stylish Charitable Bikes
Stylish Charitable Bikes
Bike in Style While Doing Social Good with a Vélosophy Bicycle
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14
Charitable Family Photo Shoots
Charitable Family Photo Shoots
This Family Photographer Captured These Quintuplets Wonderfully
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13
Charitable Wildlife Jewelry
Charitable Wildlife Jewelry
Profits from aoku 3D's Unique 3D-Printed Jewelry Goes Towards Charity
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12
Charitable Children's Tattoos
Charitable Children's Tattoos
This Artist is Inking Sick Children with Temporary Airbrush Tattoos
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11
Reclaimed Tire Mosquito Traps
Reclaimed Tire Mosquito Traps
The Ovillanta Traps Are Made Out Of Discarded Automobile Tires
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10
Homeless Shelter Buses
Homeless Shelter Buses
The Sleepbus Houses Sleeping Pods That Can Shelter the Homeless At Night
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9
Water Purification Stations
Water Purification Stations
These Refill Stations Provide a Solution to Flint's Water Crisis
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8
Charitable Micro-Homes
Charitable Micro-Homes
TaskRabbit's New Campaign Puts a Time Limit on the Construction of a Home
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7
One-for-One Dog Beds
One-for-One Dog Beds
The Ralph & Co Memory Foam Dog Bed Ensures Comfy Canine Naps
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6
Farmers' Market Food Trucks
Farmers' Market Food Trucks
The FoodShare Truck Provides Low-Income Families with Fresh Food
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5
Celebrity Parody Cancer Campaigns
Celebrity Parody Cancer Campaigns
A Doctor is Recreating Celebrity Photos for 'Dry July Campaign'
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4
Reversible Homeless Shelters
Reversible Homeless Shelters
The WeatherHyde is a Fully Insulated Shelter Built for All Seasons
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3
Biodegradable Shopping Bags
Biodegradable Shopping Bags
These Eco-Friendly Bags Provide an Alternative to Plastic
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2
Creativity-Promoting Playgrounds
Creativity-Promoting Playgrounds
This Adventure Playground in New York Promotes Imaginative Play
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1
Miniature Homeless Housing Solutions
Miniature Homeless Housing Solutions
This Organizations Designs Tiny Shelters for the Homeless
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