SHARE Charlotte’s SummerSHARE runs through Friday, July 21 and is an easy, fun way for the community to purchase items that nonprofits need most right now. Visit to shop for items that will greatly help Charlotte’s local nonprofits continue to operate and provide much-needed services at a time when they are so desperately needed.

SummerSHARE is in its second week and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to make a real difference. Most products needed by local organizations this summer are under $20 and many are under $10.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 products under $10 that you can buy today to be shipped directly to the organizations that need them!

(1) Dryer sheets, $8.99

Did you know Urban Ministry did 6,518 loads of laundry last year? They need items like laundry detergent and dryer sheets to provide this much-needed service to Charlotte’s homeless neighbors. Shop for Urban Ministry.

(2) Plunger, $2.20

Charlotte Community Tool Bank needs plungers, but not for the reason you would think. A simple plunger and PVC pipe combine to make DIY barriers that Tool Bank loans out to agencies to create safe spaces for bike lanes, food truck rallies, festivals and so much more. Shop for Charlotte Community Tool Bank.

(3) Gatorade, $8.99

Carolina Thread Trail volunteers work to maintain hundreds of miles of trails. Help them keep these hard-working volunteers hydrated. Shop for Carolina Thread Trail.

(4) Can opener, $3.96

Local food pantry Loaves & Fishes keeps canned food stocked on its shelves, but many families are starting from scratch and need can openers in addition to a week’s worth of groceries. Shop for Loaves & Fishes.

(5) Pet wipes, $8.49

These handy wipes are used by the American Pit Bull Foundation to keep puppies fresh and clean. Shop for American Pit Bull Foundation.

(6) Paintbrushes, $2-$5

QC Family Tree maintains a village of creativity and neighborliness, including several houses and apartments. These houses are in need of regular repairs and one apartment is undergoing a full renovation. Tools like paintbrushes help get the job done. Shop for QC Family Tree.

(7) Glue sticks, $2.99

The average family spends $200 per child for school supplies in August. This is money families affected by incarceration simply don’t have. The Center for Community Transitions holds a Back in Style event in August to provide school supplies to young students. Shop for The Center for Community Transitions.

(8) Water bottles, $4.99

Trips for Kids Charlotte takes kids on bike rides weekly and they provide water bottles so participants can stay hydrated. Shop for Trips for Kids Charlotte.

(9) Bird seed, $6.46

Wing Haven is an eBird hotspot and a noted bird sanctuary where more than 150 bird species have been sighted. They need birdseed to feed their winged friends that visit. Shop for Wing Haven.

(10) Connect Four, $8.79

Board games are a fun way for students at Learning Help Centers of Charlotte to sharpen strategy skills during out-of-school time. Connect Four is a favorite during the summer and the school year. Shop for Learning Help Centers of Charlotte.

All prices are approximate and may render slightly different upon actual purchase.

SummerSHARE wraps up Friday, but not before our SummerSHARE SELLebration at Camp North End that evening. Come out and support SummerSHARE with live music, beer from Wooden Robot and food from JJ’s Red Hots from 5-9 p.m.

Photo: CharlotteFive