Many of us get gift cards for birthdays and holidays. Sometimes it’s a store that we rarely visit. We use part of the balance, then have a small amount leftover. That card then sits on the dresser or in the junk drawer collecting dust.
The April Showers homeless shelter in San Leandro, California can make good use of those gift cards with leftover balances. Cards that are donated are saved up, then either turned into cash (in California this allowed if the balance is under $10) or saved up to make purchases for their clients. You gift card with a $5 balance might buy someone who needs them some socks or other necessity. That piddling amount might make the difference for another human being.
Here is more information on the shelter and the services they provide: http://www.ihnaprilshowers.org/