Crowdfunding becomes option for holiday gift giving

WASHINGTON – Giving a holiday gift to the person who is always hard to buy for doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

This season, giving a gift that makes a difference is easier with the first-ever crowdfunded hospital gift catalog.

The new online catalog,, lists several beneficiaries, including Children’s National Medical Center. It offers a variety of gifts at a wide range of price points.

For example, gift givers can cover the cost of the extra small diapers for premature babies, or go in with a group on a larger item, such as a pediatric first responder’s kit.

Donors can even receive updates on how their gift was put to use or launch their own personalized crowdfunding campaign to collectively purchase big-ticket, high- impact medical items through small donations from friends and family via social media channels.

For more information on crowdfunded initiatives that focus on public good, check out

WTOP’s Kate Ryan contributed to this report. Follow @KateRyanWTOP and @WTOP on Twitter.

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