If you're bringing an event to Southern California, click on www.charitydirect.com to see what they might be able to do for you — and vice versa. Launched in August, CharityDirect collects surplus goods from meetings and trade shows and distributes them to local charities — anything from extra pens and T-shirts to unused banquet food. The organization also coordinates volunteer opportunities for groups coming to the area. The nonprofit corporation now works with groups in San Diego, Anaheim, ...

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