Jacket for homeless allows passersby to swipe and donate
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The number of homeless people in the Netherlands increased by 74% between 2009 and 2015. The population of people without a fixed address who sleep in shelters, on the streets, in public buildings or with relatives and friends has risen from 13,000 to about 31,000 people in just 6 years. We have seen an increasing number of innovative programmes and solutions addressing the issue of homelessness. This Texan company employs transitioning homeless people to package products ready for shipping, donating one item for every one sold, and this app which provides the connection between corporate food waste and homeless people who who need it. In the Netherlands, designers have created a jacket with a secure card reader sewn into it, enabling passersby to donate to the homeless using their credit or debit cards.
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