Redditgifts is a giant online gift exchange that started connecting people around the world with one another via the internet in 2009. They typically do different types of secret santa gifts exchanges throughout the year, but for the past four years, they have conducted a teacher exchange. The goal of the exchange is to help alleviate the financial pressure from the educators and help create a better learning environment through these donated classroom supplies. In last year’s teacher exchange alone, $613,304.05 worth of classroom supplies were donated to educators across the globe.
How it works is that a person in the redditgifts community will get matched up with an educator who signed up for the exchange and on August 24th he/she will donate classroom supplies that the educator requested. If you want to receive classroom supplies, all you have to do is sign-up on redditgifts.com (it’s free), type in the classroom supplies that you desperately need, and the redditgifts community will donate (if all goes according to plan)! If you want to donate classroom supplies instead of receiving, you can do that as well on the same webpage. You have until August 24th to sign up. The only thing that they ask for is to thank your secret santa when you receive your supplies by taking pictures and posting it in the redditgifts gallery. There will be e-mails throughout this whole process that will break it down step-by-step.
This will be my third year participating and I can vouch for this exchange. When I donated supplies to a third grade classroom back in 2013, I received individual thank you cards from the students and the teacher. Even if you donate a few crayons or glue sticks, it will make the teacher’s life just that much better and easier. Click here for the exchange.