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Social web site helps social giving

ATLANTA, GEORGIA (CNN) - Contributing to your community can be as easy, just ask 26 year-old Blake Canterbury, founder of 'Beremedy.'

It's an organization that streamlines donations of items like clothing, food and furniture through twitter, facebook and blogging.

"I think we're just scratching the surface of what you're able to do - seeing location based social media platforms come up... I think there's a huge potential to combine localization and real time stories to help people in need." said Canterbury.

A pile of blankets on the cold floor. That's where Kecia Cruz's 20-year-old son has been sleeping since moving into mom's Georgia home. Until a neighbor reached out to 'Beremedy' and all that changed.

One twitter follower, Ragan Holt, was so moved by this line: "only one bed in a single mother's home," within 15 minutes holt's extra mattress found a new place to reside.

"It's the things that we might think we don't need and the things that we might consider trash is someone's treasure and I love that they can put your things in the hands of those people," said Holt.

'Beremedy' is just one example of many organizations that use new media tools to connect people philanthropically.

Cruz hopes her story will inspire others to give back.

"I love my son so much and I want to be able to give him the things he needs and this bed is one of them. It's more than I can put into words really, it really is," said Cruz.

While Cruz may not be able to put it into words, twitter followers all over the globe are doing just that, 140 characters at a time.

Click here to see the 'Beremedy' web site and find them on facebook or twitter.

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