September 14, 2010

Who doesn’t like the “Free” section of Craigslist?  One man’s trash right?  Today I ran across something not totally unlike the free portion of Craigslist, but with a slightly different thrust.

Unlike the free section of Craigslist, is motivated by cultivating a culture of generosity.  The site is built off of Jesus encouragement in Luke 3:10-11 that “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”  In their own words,’s description is that

Twoshirts is a community of gift-giving where people freely give and receive all kinds of different things in our items listings, from appliances, to clothing, to help and services.

Personally I think this is a generously creative way to begin to address some of the maladies of consumerism that’s more than hit-and-run giving.

Go check out’s “About” page, and think about joining.  Oh, and make sure you leave a note in the comments if you do join!


2 Responses to “”

  1. katie o Says:

    It’s a cool idea, for sure! Wonder if something nationwide would work/be effective. I did see complaints from people saying that the stuff they gave away was turned around and sold on craigslist. But you can’t not give because someone might abuse that gift. Personally, I love our church’s “needs board”…it’s a google group that people subscribe to and post if they need/have housing, jobs, cars, etc. I got rid of our old mattresses for free today and have given away moving boxes before too. It’s pretty cool and nice to resist the urge to sell stuff when I can just give it to someone who needs it.

    • joewulf Says:

      I like the “Needs Board” idea too Katie. I guess I’m intrigued by an initiative that could build bridges between churches and beyond…
      Still the risk, of course, is that in building those bridges all accountability is lost (hence the Craigslisting…). Maybe Twoshirts isn’t the answer, but the question certainly seems like “How do we foster a culture of generosity that is genuinely generous, yet more than hit-and-run paying it forward?”

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