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UNC sophomores launch website to aid holiday giving

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The three UNC sophomores formed CommuniGift, which allows users to adopt and sponsor disadvantaged families, while also purchasing gifts for their own family and friends. The three UNC sophomores formed CommuniGift, which allows users to adopt and sponsor disadvantaged families, while also purchasing gifts for their own family and friends.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -

A trio of students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has created what they hope is a smarter, faster way to donate to families in need this holiday season.

The three UNC sophomores formed CommuniGift, which allows users to adopt and sponsor disadvantaged families, while also purchasing gifts for their own family and friends.

"We wanted to create a website that not only caters to those intending to give, but also provides a way of giving while fulfilling everyday shopping needs," co-founder Taylor Sharp said.

Users can use the website to find a family to help, read a description of the family and browse items on their wish list. The website links to Amazon.com so users can select the items they want to buy for the families.

The gifts are shipped to the non-profits which are helping the families. Already a charity in Chapel Hill has received a shipment for a family it's collecting for.

Fifteen families are listed on the website so far, and the goal is to have gifts bought for 50.

"This really appeals to those who want the convenience factor. To go on, read about the family online, see what really pulls at their heartstrings, pick the individual items, add it to their cart and check out online in a five minute process," Sharp explained.

A percentage of the sale of those items on Amazon.com will go back to CommuniGift, which plans to give to non-profits.

The website is a for-profit company but plans to give back after operating costs are covered.

It's still in a test period and some non-profits have expressed interest in working with them in the new year after the launch is complete, the founders said.

Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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