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Give Pizza, Spread Holiday Cheer: New Ways to Give Back Online

We dare you: make someone's day just by sending them a pizza! This time of year is all about spreading cheer, and if you want to get in on the spirit of giving, just turn to the Internet for fun, creative ways to share the wealth.

From a pizza-giving subReddit to a shop-till-you-drop-for-a-cause online store, we've rounded up some fresh 21st century ideas to lend a helping hand for the holidays.

  • Reddit's Random Acts of Pizza — This Reddit sub-community, as its name suggests, is all about random pizza giving. Redditers post an offer to give pizza or a request to receive pizza, and there are tons of reasons, ranging from touching to plain bizarre, why people are crazy about pie.

    There's this Pennsylvania dad who's left home alone with his daughter and is short on funds. And then there's this person offering a pie to the commenter with the best joke. There are no rules, just requests and offers, and it's a pretty amazing example of a bunch of humans getting together to help each other out in any way they can. The assistance subReddit works in the same way, but posters can ask for things besides pizza, like superhero capes for the students of Sandy Hook Elementary.

More amazing 21st century ways to give after the break.

  • Kiva Gift Cards — The microfinancing startup leverages the power of the Internet to lend as little as $25 and create opportunity around the world. Kiva gift cards allow friends and family to choose borrowers themselves, and when loans are repaid, they can use those funds to make even more loans in the future. The cards can be printed directly or sent through Facebook, email, or postal delivery.
  • Toys For Tots via eBay — Donate some or all of the proceeds from your eBay auction to Toys for Tots, which collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes them as Christmas gifts to kids in need.
  • Gifts That Give — Shop and give back at the same time. Sign up with Gifts That Give to have $1 of every $5 go to the cause of your choosing, and then shop from hundreds of brands including Thistle & Bee and Jonathan Adler.
  • #26Acts — Need some inspiration for creative giving? The #26Acts and #26ActsofKindness hashtag on Twitter has grown in response to the tragic events at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. People are marking their 26 acts, in honor of the 26 fallen at the school, and encouraging others to do their own. The acts are as simple as dropping a $5 gift card into someone's grocery cart to something as elaborate as buying breakfast for all of Newtown's first responders.
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