Yeah, we know--it's a little late for a New Year's resolution blog post. But we promise this one will be different from all the rest because we will not break it. And it has nothing to do with dieting, which helps.
Every month in 2011, ThinkGeek will give $1,000 to a worthy charity.
We've made a habit of giving here and there over the last few years; it's about time we imposed some structure to our whims of generosity. And we hope that by bringing attention to 12 different charities this year we can spread our good a little farther--to put a little bacon on the cupcake, as Timmy says.
And we've decided to start with Child's Play, a gamer-run organization (started by Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins of Penny Arcade, no less) dedicated to bringing toys to kids at children's hospitals. This month, we're giving CPC $1,000 worth of goodies--Tauntauns, Wampas, light sabers, and other geeky staples--to auction off at fundraisers in support of their awesome work.
That's all fine and well but you want to help too, right? Of course! So here's what you do:
From now (1/24/11) through 11:59pm ET on January 31, 2011, use code CHILDSPLAY on your ThinkGeek order and not only will you get a whopping $0.42 discount, but your order will count towards more items donated to Child's Play.
There are proprietary, mathemagical calculations involved, but the more times the code is used, the more Tauntauns we'll donate past the $1,000 mark! (Sorry, the code CHILDSPLAY will not stack with other coupon codes--you can only use one coupon code per order.)
If that's not hands-on enough for you, we hope you'll consider giving directly to Child's Play via PayPal, or choose your local hospital from their map to donate a wishlisted toy.
Here's the plan for February: like we have for the past two years, we'll give to DonorsChoose for Valentine's Day and poll you guys for which classrooms should receive donations. Voting will open up on February 1.
As for March, we still need some help deciding. Do you know of a deserving charity working on a cause we geeks could get behind? Tell us below.