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Mar
11
2011

This is why we donate

You're welcome!

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.

Red Cross

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):

D'aaaawwwwwww

Letters from Ms. H's LCD projector class:

You're welcome, Gaby!

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):

IT BURNS (but you're welcome)

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.

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Comments

meaningless icon! Getting an autographed copy of Weird Al's book and helping out a children's charity at the same time was definitely a good use of my money :)
SharonH said this 1136 days ago.
meaningless icon! Thank you
Shirk08 said this 1136 days ago.
meaningless icon! I love that my fave site to shop at all so has such heart. I hope you guys never change!
Mara Jade said this 1136 days ago.
meaningless icon! Geeks shall inherit the earth - right after they help save it! Thanks for making such a good decision.
shanbrarian said this 1136 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is so sweet :)
Meex3 said this 1135 days ago.
meaningless icon! I wanted to donate some of my money to the classes you espoused, but they were already completely funded. I went to special needs kids next, as my son has needed help from such programs. I found two poor-area classrooms and split what I had between them. One was for noise-reducing equipment for ADHD kids, and the other was for dictionaries for a math class. I thought both were good uses for my donation.
ReSourceress said this 1135 days ago.
meaningless icon! Your decision to give to the Red Cross was as kind as it was wise. Brains, heart and humor...you guys are the total package.
Princess Pita said this 1135 days ago.
meaningless icon! It makes me all misty eyed when I read through this blog, seeing how much you give back to communities and organizations.
ashleystew said this 1135 days ago.
meaningless icon! You guys are too kind! We're just doing our little part and we're glad it's something you can get behind, too. (Thanks for donating, ReSourceress!)
CarrieGouldin said this 1133 days ago.

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