New websites are putting an exciting spin on donations

It’s the season of giving, and lending a helping hand is easier than ever. New websites are putting an exciting spin on donations by rewarding you with everything from gift cards to celebrity encounters.

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    When you purchase (PRODUCT) RED merchandise, Apple gives a portion of the purchase price to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. Since its introduction, (PRODUCT) RED has generated more than $215 million — more than $65 million from Apple alone — for the Global Fund. Now you can make an impact, too, by purchasing a (PRODUCT) RED iPod touch, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, iPad Smart Cover or iPad Smart Case. Be (RED) this holiday season by giving a gift that gives back!

    Sidekick Cycle is a one-touch downhill bike racing game where 50% of the proceeds from in app sales are donated to World Bicycle Relief and Free Bikes for Kids, who provide bicycles to disadvantaged children.

    Get Water! is an endless runner by Decode that raises awareness on the ongoing water crisis in developing countries. 50% of the proceeds from in-app purchases will benefit charity: water, whose mission is to bring clean and safe drinking water to every person in the world.

    Charity Miles is a free iPhone/Android app that allows you to donate to various charities (through corporate sponsorships) by walking, running or biking.