We’re running a charity drive at Red Storm Entertainment. One of the teams has a setup by which you can take out a “hit” on a coworker. One of the teams accepts traitors from the other teams and collects their contributions. Another team offers cupcakes for contributions.
So far, my team hasn’t done anything. Well, it’s time for that to change, buddy boy.
The beneficiary is the NC Food Bank (the Durham branch), which usually has enough stock to help hungry families during the holidays, but which runs a little low during the first three months of the year. The NC Food Bank has a relationship with food providers, so money is actually a better donation than actual goods — each dollar provides five meals to hungry individuals, and 97 percent of each dollar given goes to the final recipients, as opposed to paying for infrastructure for the charity itself.
I thought about writing a check, but I think the power of crowdsourcing and social media can turn an initial investment into a much greater contribution. Here’s my plan:
I’m printing 50 stickers (see below). I’ll trade you one sticker for one Paypal contribution, with the simple stipulation that your contribution is $2.00 or more (because giving negative money to a charity is not so great). Alternatively, you can choose to simply contribute and specify in your Paypal comments that you don’t wish to receive the sticker.
I proofed the stickers this morning and they’re scheduled to arrive on the 28th of January, so I’ll send them out as soon as I get them. Once I’ve sold the allotment of stickers I’ll do a follow-up post to show you where the money went and the grand total we collected. If you’d be so kind, please also pass this on to gamer friends who might have an interest in helping me and Red Storm stock the pantries for less fortunate families. Thanks!
UPDATE: Contributions now closed. The stickers have shipped to me for fulfillment, and I’ll write the status update soon. Thanks for your support!
UPDATE 2: The stickers should arrive tomorrow, according to the tracking number search. That means I should be able to get the stickers out to contributors by midweek or so. Thanks for your contribution!