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November 17, 2010 / justerik

Pimpin’

Okay. So, I realize that I haven’t posted anything here in months. But I’ve been planning on turning this into a more ongoing blog sorta thing and today’s post just wouldn’t fit into a Facebook status update. So this is what you get. I’ll try to get you lolz sometime soon, to make up for it.

It’s the time of year where I try to convince you to give money to things. Really, we should give money to people all year round, but it does seem to be easier around now, and I’m as guilty as the rest. Let’s assuage that guilt collectively, shall we?

First up, we have Worldbuilders, which is pretty frickin’ awesome. The short pitch works like this: you donate money to Heifer International, which helps raise families out of poverty by providing them with sustainable sources of food and income. Worldbuilders then matches 50% of your donations (you donate $30, Worldbuilders donates another $15). Then, for every 10 bucks you drop, Worldbuilders enters you into a raffle for FABULOUS PRIZES. Like, seriously fabulous. As in stuff from Phil and Kaja Foglio, Neil F’in Gaiman, and Patrick Rothfuss. This is stuff you want.

Worldbuilders also has cool stuff you can straight up buy (called “The Christmas Present” option), and auctions. All the proceeds still go to Heifer International. It’s simple, straightforward, and makes the world better, all things which are appealing post-election. (Thus ends the political content of this post. Also, zing!)

Once again: Worldbuilders

Worldbuilders is a new thing, and I think it’s cool. But many of you know that every year I also like to point you toward Child’s Play (link is not a horror movie).

Child’s Play puts games, movies, and toys in the hands of patients in children’s hospitals and in the hands of their families. These toys distract from the misery of being in a hospital in the first place, and provide a way for even kids who are physically quarantined to interact with their brothers and sisters, moms and dads. The letters will say how much that matters better and more directly than anything I can write.

Child’s Play is pretty cleverly put together. The hospitals make Amazon wish lists, Child’s Play provides a map to link donors directly to those lists. This way you know that all of your donation goes to the hospital, and you can decide which hospital gets what. Last year I donated to a hospital in Atlanta and everything I bought was in Spanish because I thought, what the hell? Let’s make sure the kids have at least one copy of “Toy Story” in their native language, right? This year I bought a hospital in Charlotte a copy of “How To Train Your Dragon” because that movie rocked and a copy of Barbie Horse Adventures, because who am I to judge?

Take your bow: Child’s Play

In exchange to donating to either of these fabulous charities, not only will you receive the heartwarming feeling of Having Done Something For A Change, Dammit, I promise you’ll get more blog on the soonish. How’s that for a deal?

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