A little note for our Geek<3 voters from Mrs. H's class. Their next project: create a website!
Last month we asked you guys to share your favorite orgs via our Charity Suggesterator and we promised to use the results for our March donation.
That was before Japan suffered an 8.9-magnitude earthquake last night 81 miles off the coast of Sendai, triggering a tsunami with 12-foot waves, destroying communities and killing hundreds. So we hope you'll understand why we'll revisit the Charity Suggesterator in April and instead donate $1,000 to the Red Cross today.
The Red Cross hardly needs an introduction. An international emergency response organization, the Red Cross uses an average of 91 cents of every dollar spent towards humanitarian services and programs. In 2004, the Red Cross created the Tsunami Recovery Program to support 10 countries and millions of people hit by the Indian Ocean Tsunami. Our donation today will go towards disaster relief wherever it is needed most.
On a more cheerful note, remember those DonorsChoose classrooms we helped back in February? We've already heard back--adorably, as you might imagine--from three teachers and their geeklings:
Drawings from Mrs. C's ActivSlate class (we heard they got a lesson on what a "geek" was, which explains the glasses):
Letters from Ms. H's LCD projector class:
The work of a budding Op artist in Mrs. B's class (following up on our Geek<3 donation in 2010 for a classroom printer):
And if that weren't awesome enough for the last few weeks, our eBay auctions to kick off the first pack of Geek A Week cards raised $3,828.45 for EFF and Child's Play. A kajillion thanks to artist and geek herder extraordinaire Len Peralta for making the auctions--much less the cards!--possible.
Being so close to items like a signed Chief Tyrol figurine, honey from Neil Gaiman's bees, and a signed "The Guild" issue #1 was pretty magical and we hope the winners take good care of 'em. Or else we might have to go steal it all back.
Think we're kidding? We have night vision goggles for a reason.