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BeRemedy wants to take giving through social media nationwide

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A nonprofit connects people in need with people who can help meet that need, and BeRemedy uses social media to do it. They hope their idea will revolutionize philanthropy.

The idea is simple. See the need. Be the remedy. BeRemedy has helped tens of thousands of people in metro Atlanta. They want to take the concept nationwide and connect even more people.

One need is baby items for a soon-to-be teenage mom. Charity Daniels, a single mom herself, answered the call.

"Bringing home a baby without a bassinet, bottles or a car seat. I saw the need and thought there's no better way than to use it right then," Daniels said.

She delivered the items to BeRemedy founder Blake Canterbury, who in turn brought them to nonprofit Communities in Schools, who works with 18-year-old Ti'asia.

"She was concerned some of the basic things her child may need coming into this world she did not have the resources to get," Pamela Johnson said.

Ti'asia is just one of the thousands whose lives changed through the power of social media and BeRemedy.

"She's very grateful to receive those needs from a community resource so she does not have worry about her child not having those things," Johnson said.

CBS Atlanta News covered a need last year. Canterbury tweeted a need for 150 pairs of shoes for the homeless. Overnight more than 500 were donated.

"Social media is just instant. We post a need and immediately you can communicate a message to potentially millions of people at one time," Canterbury said.

BeRemedy posts the needs on Facebook, Twitter and sends an email. The first person to respond meets the need. BeRemedy helped the Atlanta community and now wants to expand.

"Our vision was always local but it was never small and we wanted to prove concept in Atlanta and then take that model to other cities," Canterbury said.

The campaign to raise $30,000 to do that caught the attention of director Ron Howard. He helped spread the message on Twitter.

"If we raise that money, we're creating a new website, a new phone technology where you can see needs in your community. It will automate processes for us so we can literally post needs all over the country and allow people in local communities to meet needs of their neighbor," Canterbury said.

Those already involved want others around the country to also see the need and be the remedy.

"I think people really do like giving and I think this is a fantastic way to do it," Daniels said.

One of the concepts of BeRemedy is to create an opportunity for people to give to their neighbors and to have a personal connection and know exactly to whom the donation is going.

If you want to help BeRemedy, click here for their website. Click here to connect with BeRemedy on Facebook, and click here to follow them on Twitter.

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