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Friday, October 02, 2009  

Thanks and Giving

Trash here. Several of you have e-mailed or commented, asking which projects we are picking as part of Tomato Nation's fund drive. This year our process has changed a bit, since M. Edium is old enough to care and contribute his opinion. Thus, as shown in the photo below, we sat down with him and showed him some of the projects (some, not all. There are over 600, and he's four.) We decided to let him select a few projects, and then a few days each week we would donate to those projects.

How is our plan working? Well, it's day two, and we have donated to six projects. At this rate we will be broke by mid-October, and that's BEFORE we have his big birthday/halloween party - complete with haunted house and his entire class at school (he *surprised* us and invited everyone.)

We don't care - it's worth it. We love the fact that he is so willing to donate and help those in need, so we are willing to stretch the budget. We're even more willing to kick it up a notch when we see projects for classrooms that need pencils or desks because there is something SERIOUSLY WRONG when teachers have to go begging for every day items. BTW - there is still some room on the second project. Just sayin'.

Since you are interested, and because I love this fundraiser, I'll list the other projects we've been working to fund. Most of them are already finished, but there's a new project we found tonight that still has plenty of need: a teacher who wants to give her class books as Christmas presents this year, since most of her students won't receive any gifts OR books.

M. Edium has also picked a Volcano project and a reading project, as well as his favorite: Preschool Scientists because, of course, that would describe him. (Just ask him - he will tell you he is an expert in all things space, dinosaur, and electricity related. Oh, and Star Wars.)

And for the person who wondered if I was getting the shaft, since my name isn't listed - thanks for asking, but I derive a great deal of satisfaction from the fact that I get to select the projects. Trust me, I'm getting the best part of the deal.


posted by M. Giant 9:39 PM 5 comments


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By Anonymous Jonathan, at October 3, 2009 at 4:13 AM  

I actually don't read Tomato Nation (no offense meant) but last year I got involved in this through Linda H.'s blog. Looks like this year M. Giant, Trash and M. Edium are leading the way.

Donated to the desks and Christmas books projects.

Just saying, if you guys take the time to put up the links? One sap, right here, reporting for duty :-) Thanks for doing this. It's fun to participate with a group on this project.

By Blogger Land of shimp, at October 3, 2009 at 11:39 AM  

1. You guys are amazing. I love seeing your donations come through the giving page.

2. If you post links here, make sure they have TN's challenge ID in the URL (23248). Otherwise it doesn't count towards our total. (You have to go through the TN page, vs. searching...sorry that's a pain.)

-- Bunting

By Blogger Sarah D Bunting, at October 3, 2009 at 4:21 PM  

Yeah, unfortunately, I'm not the personal blogger I was this time last year because of massive overcommitment to work projects, but don't assume I won't pitch in somehow. I have my crafty ways, but I firmly believe that Sarah should be supported by as many other people as possible, because asking one site to create and sustain the momentum it takes for a month-long project to work is unrealistic, I think.

Anyway. I'll hopefully be able to contribute something (in addition to, of course, contributing), but plans are still fluid.

By Blogger Linda, at October 4, 2009 at 9:04 AM  

You guys are amazing. I can't believe how much you care about these kids. I will be kicking in a little something in honor of M. Edium come payday.

By Anonymous Karen the Librarian, at October 4, 2009 at 6:36 PM  

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