Amazon announced that it is surprising hundreds of charities – which support causes from STEM education, to homelessness, hunger, disaster relief, youth organizations, sustainability and more –  across the U.S. by fulfilling products requested on each of their AmazonSmile Charity Lists.

The e-commerce, cloud computing, digital streaming, and artificial intelligence company is donating hundreds of thousands of items to charities from their AmazonSmile Charity Lists through the end of the year to ensure they have what they need to round out the holiday season, and to get a jump start on the new year.

Some of the total items donated include:
 
● More than 40,000 socks, outerwear, pajamas, shoes, and other apparel items.
● More than 5,000 blankets, sheets, and pillows.
● More than 30,000 toys and educational items for kids.
● More than 60,000 food and pantry items from water to canned goods.
 
Customers can get in the spirit too by donating to an organization of their choice by visiting AmazonSmile.
 
“This is a season of giving, and we are thrilled to deliver smiles and surprise hundreds of charities with
the products they are in most need of right now,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer, Amazon.
“AmazonSmile and Charity Lists are two amazing programs that help inspire customers to shop with a
purpose. I shop with AmazonSmile and it’s great to see the continued donations Amazon has made to
Make A Wish Foundation, Boys & Girls Club and PATH - People Assisting the Homeless over the years.”

In addition to fulfilling hundreds of AmazonSmile Charity Lists, Amazon is surprising several
organizations whose mission is to support those experiencing homelessness across the country with
more than $1M in monetary and in-kind donations for the holidays. Winter is the hardest time for the
homeless community – a monetary donation provides nonprofits with the flexibility to fund existing
gaps including emergency shelter, medicine, food and supplies, and seasonal staffing.

“We are enormously grateful to Amazon for fulfilling our Charity List,” said Chris Bailey, Executive Director of the Mona Bailey Academy. “We believe philanthropy can reform the educational system, and receiving this type of product donation allows us to continue our mission of delivering cutting edge and creative educational programming to underprivileged elementary-age students in the Seattle area and beyond.”

Along with the donation, 10,000 “Boxes of Smiles” gift packages will be delivered for individuals, children and families at A Journey Home, Bethany House Services, Central Arizona Shelter Services, Domestic Abuse Women’s Network, and SEARCH Homeless Services. Packed by thousands of operation employee volunteers, these boxes contain popular products such as toys, electronics, personal care products, and books.