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-- welcome back to foxnews.com -- you know there -- only a few days left until Christmas and there are opportunities to get a lot whether there are also opportunities.
To give to charities and one person has is here he's.
Device for twelve days of holiday giving using social media and does -- -- founder of social media venture.
Joins me right now.
Thank you very much it's a pleasure to be here so it's about twelve days of holiday giving using -- media.
Tell me about this you know that this is a really small idea that's grown into something really big -- this expression of the powerless social media house to two.
Act upon the power of community I was having a conversation with my friend Katie.
About wanting to give back from the holidays and -- started as a small conversation within two days.
Has snowballed into us gathering twelve.
Influencers in the online.
This -- offline celebrity world.
Each representing a different charity.
Inspiring others to give back in their own way over the twelve days leading up to Christmas.
And using an online fundraising platform to get people to donate online we set a goal to -- 121000 dollars.
For the twelve charities over the twelve days leading up to Christmas.
And today is day seven and it's been a real testament for the power of social media has to bring -- community together to do something really good.
Now and it.
-- you give an example about the power of the social media if you.
Right into the foxnews.com chat room.
They're actually a couple of people who were hearted rural part of this program Claritin DS Ortiz at Twitter and that's cantor.
Will be in the chat rooms that when you start chatting at foxnews.com could actually -- chat with people were part of this program so that.
This is a very very powerful kind of.
Concert because you actually briefly -- together collectively to pool their resources to do it really is an amazing concept because.
All of this happened with a small simple idea in a matter of four days we went from idea to the first day of the launch and you know we've had.
Hundreds of thousands of people seeing a program online through Twitter and through FaceBook and people have been showing up.
From everywhere creatively being involved in the process that we're doing.
And it's it's just an exciting thing to see how people can come together and they will do something good we really believe that if people are given the opportunity to do something good.
That they will and social media gives us a platform for presenting those opportunities to people and what we're seeing here is that people will take those opportunities and -- we'll get back.
Now the crowd -- Is what you just described them right it is packed crowd -- an amazing social media platform designed to support.
Fundraising and sponsor volunteering its it basically takes the best of Twitter the takes the best to FaceBook and it cuts out all of the inane banter of what you -- for luncheon in the silly things that nobody cares about anyway and highlights the good that people are doing.
It really takes.
You know that potential within every -- to have an impact on the planet and gives them the tools and the resources.
To make you -- viral campaigns and opportunities.
To have an impact you whether -- in their local community -- on a worldwide perspective.
And you have a -- and number of organizations that are benefiting from us as well we do we do each of the twelve days -- presents.
Is represented by.
Influence -- online and they each are representing.
A different charity I was featured on -- five in my charity of choice is the national autism association.
Today is day seven we have doctor Andy Baldwin from the bachelor represented the got your back network.
In total we've got twelve amazing people with big hearts represented some amazing charities that are doing great work -- -- the -- determines its artists how we approached the twelve influencers and just said which charities most important to you.
And they each came with with something that was meaningful to them something that that they had a real passion for and they partnered with those -- and and we all came together.
And we're sharing information through the blog where -- can read about why those trees are so important to them and the work that they're doing -- in the world today.
No one of the largest -- charities -- got -- -- charity water.
-- that's actually instead they have they're turning what role here in New York not too long ago they did that is an organization that -- some fresh water wells and -- end -- several countries they -- doing an awful lot of great work and it was incredible to see how quickly people would.
Would come -- to support.
That charity as well as the the other charities and what's what's really interesting is that you -- seeing donations is smallest ten dollars is as high as several hundreds of dollars.
And it in seven days -- -- we've raised over 4100 dollars already.
And a lot of it is just from that small grassroots movement of people being willing to skip their lot take today to brown bag lunch in instead.
You know -- spending that money diverting it to charity of choice and we've got many people who are.
We're donating ten dollars each day to each of the charities -- twelve dollars each state to their charity because it really.
For those of us who have the opportunity to.
You watching this show on TV right now -- those of us who have.
You know the access to the Internet to be seeing this -- more fortunate than most people on the planet and to give a little bit of ourselves to help people in need is.
Is really not just an easy thing to do but I believe the holidays it's an obligation for us is -- who is involved in.
This project primarily.
Found it it started with a conversation I had with my friend Katie.
And that branched out to -- calling her friend Amy and then we called Michelle and everyone just started calling different people.
And we like -- six degrees of separation -- -- -- the reasons -- -- -- people just -- -- -- Virginia.
It was it was really an organic movement it's been a grassroots project -- from beginning.
Is simple of of me holding up a picture.
You know with the website address and driving people to to look at -- -- we've had hundreds of thousands of people join the movement now that are spreading the word.
On the twelve days of giving.
In -- getting involved in giving back from holidays and how -- people find out about these puppies -- -- out they can find it more information by going to giving kicks.
They -- Ask.com.
I know I know I'd say that we're and I want to say that word on.
-- about his decision to find out more information.
At giving kicks ASS dot com or if you are feeling it moved to make a donation right now you can go to crowd rise dot com slash.
Twelve days of giving.
And all the opportunities to get involved -- right there and we really just want to send a message that everyone has the opportunity to give back.
And there are so many great people.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- They each represented how wonderful charity in -- known in the online space four for their influence in using social media for good.
-- for social causes and for fundraising.
Clear is involved with.
With Twitter she works -- Twitter and -- their social innovation program.
And how best cancer really is a superstar in the online fundraising sector so they are amazing people to have in the chat room will contribute a lot to the discussion answering questions that people how about.
The project we're using social -- for good and general.
And then I see that I've I've going to charity water it has -- it well about a million.
Back hits to it or but besides that what is one of the most popular.
And train and is represented in saint Jude and she's done a wonderful thoughtful job of raising funds -- what's exciting is is the different charities.
Each have a wonderful cause but those who have gotten.
The most response to -- -- the most funds are those who are reaching out.
Talking to friends of saying I'm involved in this I'm trying to have an impact will you help.
And that to me is a real testament of the power of of community of people saying I wanna do something good I need your help in this whole project has been an expression of that.
We're kidding I had this this great idea and it never would have come to fruition we wouldn't have raised the 4100 dollars that -- -- now in the more to come.
If it weren't for people saying I want to help and it it's all about social media and it's all about gathering resources and we live in an unprecedented time to do good social media has brought the world together in an unknown ways and I think about you know what would have happened if Mahatma Gandhi.
Had the power of social media to get his message out.
What if Dr.
Martin Luther King -- had social media in his day to get the message out how quickly would that message of spread.
And how many lives we've been spared.
You know if we had that meeting and then and so now we have the opportunity every day people have the ability to get involved.
And to do something good through social media channels wonderful -- wolf thank you very much just the rest of his father and social media venture.
And check out twelve days of giving I'm -- -- dot com thank you very much of -- and.
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