As you may or may not recall but will forthwith be reminded in the following phrase, last month we selected three highly recommended small charities from the Submitterator for a run-off vote. You were asked to pick your favorite: Cooking with the Troops, Kids Need to Read, or Rainbow Wildlife Rescue.
The votes have been deduped--you know who you are, person who voted 13 times--and the results are duly tabulated.
Our winning charity who received a $1,000 donation today is Kids Need to Read. We've been in touch with Denise Gary, Executive Director of KNTR, and she let us know the donation will be going directly towards literacy resources for disadvantaged children and adolescents. Thanks for your hard work, Kids Need to Read! We hope there are a few science fiction classics in there somewhere.
As a side note, if you're going to Phoenix Comic-Con at the end of May, you should check out KNTR's Geek Prom. They're putting on another one this year and we've pitched in a few goodies for the new King and Queen. We wish the court good luck and happy promming!
Now, for the adorable runners-up. As anyone who follows us on Twitter or Facebook will know, we have a gigantic squishy spot for small fuzzy cuteness. So we got in touch with Birgit Sommer at Rainbow Wildlife Rescue to see if there was anything we could do to help. We just sent off some items she can use in an upcoming fundraising auction--unless, of course, the animals are into handheld video game emulators and refuse to share.
Cooking with the Troops isn't made of fuzzy adorableness, but they do good work transitioning veterans into food service or just feeding them well. We've tried to get in touch with them but to no avail as of yet; if you're a CwtT representative and you see this, we'd love to hear from you. Just email replybot at thinkgeek.com and we'll set you guys up with something for a raffle or auction. Everyone else, these are not the freebies you're looking for. You can go about your business.
Oh, and that $50 gift certificate promised to one lucky, random voter? We cannot guarantee that Marcia from Bloomington, IL represents a worthy cause, but we hope she'll use her gift certificate for good, not evil.
If you didn't get a chance to vote, you can still show your support the old fashioned (and very helpful) way with a donation. You don't have to wait until next month, of course, but the charity machine rolls on and we're already thinking about June.
If you have any specific requests, please let us know in the comments!