by Daniel Dob
When it comes to tipping people with bitcoin, ChangeTip is probably the first service that comes to mind. Recently, they have launched a challenge, perfect for the holiday season — The ChangeTip Bitcoin #SocialGiving Challenge.
While this is not the first time the digital currency is linked to charitable causes, the campaign aims to bring meals to many of the homeless living in Philadelphia, PA. The challenge is rather simple, yet effective: Its goal is to provide a total of 2,000 warm meals, at a cost of $1.95 each.
“We’re living in an increasingly cashless society,” Victoria van Eyk told BTCMANAGER on behalf of ChangeTip. “We feel this when we go to grab a handful of change and only find plastic. So, what do we do to bridge that gap and help people who rely on our donations to continue to live? Find and fund people doing the good work. So, that’s what we’re doing with this mission. $1.95 and a Tweet will give someone a meal. Over Twitter. That’s huge.”
Judging by the fact that the bitcoin community is known to be generous, van Eyk is is optimistic that the goal will be met. “I think it’s going really well. I love seeing people come together for really great causes. I sure hope so. I’m an eternal optimist.”
Donated funds will benefit the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission, a non-profit organization represented by a group of people, passionate about helping those around them. Its main purpose is to serve homeless people in the Pennsylvania area with three meals per day, but also with other resources.
Anyone interested in taking part in the Social Giving Challenge can navigate to the designated donation page on ChangeTip’s website, and issue the donation. Once this is done, a Tweet will be sent out confirming the transfer. Organizers encourage donors to take the opportunity to invite up to three friends to further raise awareness about the campaign. Those who do not have a ChangeTip account will receive a notification on Twitter from ChangeTip, which has to be followed to complete the donation.
As of this moment, there are two days to go, as the campaign is set to end on New Year’s Eve, when the meals will also be given out, to make sure that the homeless get to celebrate as well this year.
It’s worth pointing out that the ChangeTip donations to this particular cause are tax-deductible since the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission is a qualified non-profit. Every satoshi donated will benefit the charity, and ChangeTip will not impose any additional charges.