Charitable Gifting Platform Founded by Four 21-year-old Undergraduates Helps Kids to #GiftBack

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CommuniGift Celebrates LA Launch Event December 6th in Collaboration with Giggles N Hugs to Benefit Baby2Baby and Volunteers of America Recipient Families

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“We feel very much at home in the Los Angeles community and are excited to strengthen our ties with partnerships like these so that we can do what we do best, put smiles on as many faces as possible!” says co-founder Thomas Doochin

CommuniGift, an online invitation and charitable gifting platform, will host its official Los Angeles launch in partnership with Giggles N Hugs, Baby2Baby, Volunteers of America and Mommy Nearest on Sunday, December 6 at 6:30pm at Giggles N Hugs Century City. The event will be held in honor of 4-year-old Jacquelyn, a CommuniGift recipient who will be treated to the birthday party of her dreams.

Through their common goal to create a convenient, transparent, and meaningful way to give back, four young undergraduates from University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill founded CommuniGift. They launched a pilot test during the holiday season of 2014 and quickly expanded to make a difference in kids’ lives through the power of birthdays. “After a very successful beta launch, we feel very much at home in the Los Angeles community and are excited to strengthen our ties with partnerships like these so that we can do what we do best, put smiles on as many faces as possible!” says Thomas Doochin, 21-year-old co-founder of CommuniGift.

CommuniGift offers kids the opportunity to give back to their peers and communities by sponsoring a ‘birthday buddy’ in their area. Hosts are able to choose one or more recipients through the CommuniGift site and link the birthday buddy’s wish lists in their birthday invitations. Guests can then purchase a gift for the recipients from the CommuniGift site through integration with Target and it is shipped directly from the retailers to the sponsoring nonprofit. CommuniGift hosts still enjoy their birthdays as planned, but instead of adding dozens of toys to the top shelf of the closet, they have helped children less fortunate know the joy of having a birthday party of their own!

For families like Jacquelyn’s, a birthday party is an expense they cannot afford. With the help Volunteers of America, 20 of Jacquelyn’s classmates from the Head Start program will also be there to celebrate with family and friends. The CommuniGift launch also marks the first partnership of this kind for Baby2Baby, a well-known organization that provides low-income children with clothing and the basic necessities that every child deserves. This epic birthday party will include food, games, face painting, balloon animals, DJ, photo booth provided by Mommy Nearest, and more!

For more information on CommuniGift and their partners, visit, and follow the celebration on Twitter and Instagram at @CommuniGift.


About CommuniGift

CommuniGift is an online invitation and gift-purchasing platform with a charitable twist, providing an opportunity for kids to share the joy of a birthday or holiday celebration with children less fortunate. Through CommuniGift’s partnerships with organizations like Salvation Army, Boys and Girls Club, Baby2Baby, Volunteers of America, Tomchei, and Chai Lifeline, kids can select another child with the same birthday and invite their guests to purchase an item from their ‘buddy’s’ wish list to be delivered directly from their online retailers. CommuniGift’s seamless RSVP and gift-purchasing platform provides a convenient and meaningful giving opportunity for kids and their families. CommuniGift’s goal is to see every child have the special day they deserve.

About Baby2Baby

Baby2Baby, a non-profit organization led by Co-Presidents Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, provides low-income children, ages 0-12, with diapers, clothing and all the basic necessities that every child deserves. To learn more about Baby2Baby please visit

About Volunteers of America

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities. The Head Start division serves at-risk families with young children with a range of services in effort to ensure that every child is set up for success.

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