Facebook ‘Drives’ lets users collect clothing, food, and other essentials for those in need

  • The feature creates a goal tracker others can see and contribute to
  • Drive appears in your Timeline and Newsfeed, as well as on Facebook’s Community Help hub 
  • On Giving Tuesday, Facebook will match eligible donations made on the platform, up to $7 million
  • The platform is also hosting a  Peace Through Music Facebook Live fundraiser

Facebook has launched a new feature to help users find the giving spirit during the holiday season.

Available in the US through Facebook’s Community Help hub, ‘Drives’ allows you to collect clothing, food and other necessities for those in need around your location. 

After you set a goal for how many items you’re collecting, a goal tracker indicates how far you still need to go.

Your Drive appears in your News Feed and Timeline, as well as in the main Community Help section. 

The feature debuted Monday and should be widely available in the coming days, Facebook said. 

All Drives are also set to be reviewed to make sure they don’t violate company policies.

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Available in the US through Facebook’s Community Help hub, ‘Drives’ allows users to start collecting clothing, food and other necessities for those in need

To start a Drive, type ‘Community Help’ in the Facebook Search tab and go to the main Community Help page. From there Click ‘Offer Help’ and then ‘Create Drive.’  

In a blog post on Monday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said users have already raised more than $100 million for COVID-19 causes on Facebook and Instagram and $65 million for racial justice causes.

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‘One hundred percent of what’s raised for nonprofits on Facebook and Instagram goes directly to the organizations,’ she wrote, ‘and all donations are securely processed by Facebook Pay, making it seamless to donate in just a few taps.’

Sandberg also promoted Peace Through Music: A Global Event for Social Justice, a star-studded Facebook Live fundraiser at noon ET on Giving Tuesday, December 1, featuring Aloe Blacc, Billie Eilish, Becky G, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr, Skip Marley, and others.

Drives debuted Monday and should be widely available in the coming days, Facebook said. All Drives will be reviewed to make sure they don’t violate company policies
On Giving Tuesday, December 1, Facebook will match eligible donations to U.S. nonprofits made on the platform, up to $7 million

Proceeds will benefit the Playing for Change Foundation, the United Nations Population Fund, Sankofa, Silkroad and The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation.

All day, Facebook will match eligible donations to U.S. nonprofits made on the platform, up to $7 million.

Earlier this month the social media giant announced several new tools intended to promote giving, including fundraiser stickers in Facebook Stories and a ‘Donate’ button on Instagram that enables nonprofits with business accounts to raise money directly.

Starting today, Instagram users can fundraise with stickers on Stories and on Instagram Live.

A new ‘Donate’ button on Instagram enables nonprofits with business accounts to raise money directly

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Collect Shopping Carts Safely and Efficiently – How to Keep Your Parking Lot Clean

Scattered shopping carts create quite the inconvenience for not only store owners but for customers as well. When carts are not put away in the proper location they are not available for customer use and are often scattered in the parking lot requiring store personnel to run around and collect them. Lost carts found throughout the city are a public nuisance that ordinances are being put into effect requiring stores to manage their shopping carts or they will be fined. Each collection solution has advantages and disadvantages which are detailed further below.

There are a number of effective ways stores can retrieve their carts. Stores can use equipment called a cart pusher, puller, retriever, or cart manager. Stores can also hire additional personnel to physically retrieve the shopping carts scattered throughout the parking lot. Award systems are also used to provide customers with incentives to bring them back to the appropriate destination once they are done using them. Corrals and search teams can also be used to help control wandering carts. Lastly, a pull rope can help employees retrieve shopping carts more efficiently than collecting them individually or just a few at a time.

A motorized cart pusher, also known as a puller, retriever, or cart manager makes retrieving shopping carts safe, fast and easy! Here is how one type of retriever available works: first you place the cart's back wheels effortlessly into the cart-cradle nesting cups. Some systems require bolting the cart onto the pusher but the nesting cup option protects the grocery-cart from damage that can occur when bolted on as well as gives you availability to use all of your fleet at any time. Next, the rest of the fleet is collected and nested onto the first one that is sitting in the cart-cradle nesting cups. A safety strap is placed over the entire row and attached to the first which is in the nesting cups so they all can be pushed safely to their destination. Some of these pushers utilize a remote control to push the row in the designated direction. Many motorized retrievers are built with a strobe light and brake light to provide greater visibility to those surrounding cars and pedestrians. These retrievers can retrieve a high volume of carts and only one person is needed to operate one. Motorized pushers can retrieve 3 to 4 times more shopping carts than a single person can, thus reducing the store's labor costs. Retrievers also reduce liabilities from injury as employees can effortlessly retrieve the carts with the use of this type of equipment. No straining comes from pushing or pulling an entire row. The upfront cost to purchase a machine is quickly recouped from the reduced labor and liability costs.

Another method to collect shopping carts is to hire additional personnel to go around the parking lot to retrieve the shopping carts by hand and bring them back to the appropriate location so that they may be available for customer use. This method does however, …

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