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The Give Effect at the Gates Foundation – Help Local Families in Need

December 9th, 2012 by Laura Fonda

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has partnered with five local nonprofits to launch “The Give Effect” – a campaign to encourage residents to give back to the community and kick off the New Year with philanthropy. Throughout December, you can pick a giving card from the Gates Foundation’s Visitor Center’s Giving Tree. Each card has a wish from a local family in need, with 250 families’ wishes represented on the tree.

Giving cards can be picked up at the Visitor Center until December 22nd; unwrapped gifts should be dropped off at the Visitor Center no later than December 29th (note: December 18 is the preferred drop-off date).

According to Martha Choe, Chief Administrative Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation:

“Giving and gratitude are core values at the foundation, and our mission at the Visitor Center is to educate and inspire our local neighbors to embrace them as well. The Give Effect campaign is an exciting way for families to experience the joy of giving back, and come together as a community to make a difference.”

To celebrate the community’s giving efforts, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will host the first-ever “Family Day: The Give Effect” at its Visitor Center on December 29 from 10:30am – 3:30pm. At the event, visitors will have the opportunity to participate in activities such as “making a plushy doll for a friend, playing online games that explore ways to give back or creating a cause bracelet and buttons that represent a global issue that needs to be solved.”

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