If you need a break from buying holiday gifts for your friends, you can now get on your phone and instantly buy gifts for the homeless instead.

YouTube user Rob Bliss recently published a video on how he used Amazon Prime Now’s 2-hour shipping to deliver gifts and essentials to homeless people.

The video, which he called “How to Hijack Amazon Prime Now for Good”, shows Bliss asking homeless people if they need anything. Some people told him that they needed warm clothing for the winter – others asked for sleeping bags.

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Using the special shipping service, Bliss ordered the gifts, entered the street address, and described exactly who the couriers should deliver the packages too.

True to the company’s word, the Amazon workers hand-delivered the packages to the proper recipients within two hours.

“Note: this video is NOT SPONSORED OR AFFILIATED WITH AMAZON. I’m sure this technique could be used with Postmates or whoever else too,” says Bliss. “I simply wanted to demonstrate how easy and convenient it can be to bring a person in need, what they need, and to encourage that behavior.”

“My hope is that [people] see this and realize their potential to help enable giving. Special thanks to Amazon’s couriers, all of whom delivered their package with humanity and grace.”

(WATCH the video below)

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  1. This is so touching!!! <3 <3 :(((( Videos and information like this are SO incredibly valuable. A friend who volunteers at a shelter once told me that often homeless women don't have access to things like tampons/pads and ever since then I always make sure to donate these to shelters and drives. It's something I never really gave serious thought. Often I think people just don't know what to do, what to give, to who, where, how.
    It does still require people going up to others in the streets and knowing where they are located. It would be great if homeless shelters and organizations in city areas had the resources to check in with people on the street (or developed some kind of app to mobilize people around the world) and then people across the country/world who don't even live in those cities could donate to help people who are homeless. I know I really enjoy sending gifts, it would be so personally connected to be able to pick something out and know that the item is going directly to the individual. We need more connection in our world. Thank you so much for sharing this inspirational video.

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