It all started on a run one Saturday morning in December. I was going through my “to do” list like I always do on my long runs and realized that I had not purchased a hostess gift for the Holiday party we were attending that night.
I could definitely find a scented candle or bottle of wine that I could grab and take with me (one of which was probably delivered to my house by a friend for the same reason), but this was a friend that I knew did not want nor need my candle, bottle of wine, or anything else for that matter.
Do I dare walk in empty handed?
What I wanted to do was go home and send my friend a text:
“Hey Gretchen, we are super excited about the party tonight, but in lieu of bringing you a re-gifted bottle of wine, we made a donation to your favorite charity! See you tonight.”
Perfect! But then I realized nothing like this existed. As time passed, it became clear that there were many opportunities to make donations in lieu gifts, but I couldn’t find an easy way to do it.
Then you have all the luncheons, galas and fundraisers that we are invited to - man, would I love to just be able to find the charity in my mobile phone, make a donation and at the same time thank my friend as I'm leaving the event. Or better yet, in lieu of attending the event I could just send a message and a donation at the same time.
Well, I finally got sick of waiting for someone to build my little app so I decided to do it myself. I hope you use it as much as me. And if you are ever invited to my home, please do not bring me any damn flowers, just inlieu me instead.