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Jun
16
2011

Sine Yes/No

Sined yes!

On Tuesday, among the daily load of letters, packages and sundry mail was a small white envelope with our address written across the front in a geekling's careful scrawl. It was from Simon in Oregon, asking after our GP2X Wiz hand-held game emulator in an adorable classroom note form. We posted it to Twitter and Facebook like this:

The letter itself

We did indeed consider it, but in the time it took us to ponder (we also paused for dinner and sleeping) our Facebook fans rallied together for Simon's gaming cause. Under the leadership of the great and inspiring Dawn Connelly who created a ChipIn page, they gathered the funds in record time!

So on Wednesday morning, we tracked down Simon's mom's account with us and emailed her about the saga that had played out overnight, and we contacted Dawn about the $142 she had raised. We explained that we'd like to send Simon a Wiz, and to use the $142 Dawn had raised towards our $1,000 charity donation for June. The replies speak for themselves.

Dawn thoughtfully wrote back:

I had so much fun yesterday. I kept thinking about one of my all time favorite Eleanor Roosevelt quotations; "Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give." I think yesterday was an excellent example of how true that statement is. Not just some kid getting a toy, but seeing how happy it made everyone else to feel like a part of something larger than themselves. I started it as an experiment but learned more about the kindness we all share than I ever thought I would.

You may want some tissues nearby for Simon's mom Sara's reply:

I was amazed beyond words to read your email yesterday afternoon. I started crying when I read it and when I showed my daughter what the tears were for she got teary-eyed too. We were both crying and laughing at the same time while reading all those Facebook posts. What a lovely group of people you all are. Thank you from the bottom of all of our hearts. Simon is going to be thrilled beyond words when he gets his gift in the mail. My husband and I decided to not say anything just yet--to let it be a surprise for him and then we'll show him all the nice things people said about him and explain how so many of you pitched in to do this wonderful thing for him.

I would like to explain a little of where the idea for the letter came from so you and your Thinkgeek customers can rest easy knowing that this truly did come from a little boy who just turned 7 a couple of months ago. My husband is the geek in our family. He is an IT guy and loves all things Star Trek and whatever else you can think of. I am the exact opposite. Most of the time I don't even know what he is talking about when it comes to that stuff, but I like to indulge him in the things he loves for his birthday and whatnot and our boys have taken to loving all things geek as well. They love looking through the catalogue when it comes in the mail and circling the things they would someday like to have, especially Simon.

That is how the Wiz came up a few weeks ago. Simon just finished 1st grade and they were starting to learn about money and so he kept bringing the catalogue to me and asking how much such and such is. He spent days looking through it trying to find something that he could afford himself as he has saved 13 dollars from doing chores and leftover birthday money. He finally came and asked me if he could write a letter to Thinkgeek asking if they could please lower the price down to 13 dollars since that's how much money he had. I told him to go for it, that it never hurts to ask.

It never occurred to me in a million years that it would go this far. My husband and I are amazed at the kindness and generosity that has been extended to Simon and again, we thank you so much. I don't even have the words. Thank you, thank you.

Dawn and Sara say it best. We couldn't be more humbled to be part of such a kind and creative geek community.

Because of Dawn's quick-thinking and generosity of spirit--as well as the time, attention and donations of many caring geeks--Simon is getting his GP2X Wiz. And not for $100, or $20 or even $13. We wish we could be there to see his face when he opens the box to find a letter, the Facebook posts all printed out, a Timmy clone, and the Wiz he was saving for. We'll just have to wait for the photo Sara promised us.

Bon voyage, Timmy! Make a Wish Foundation

And which charity will receive an extra-special $1,000 donation this month? Because of Simon's adorable letter, and the generosity of Dawn and our Facebook fans that made his wish come true, this month's charity is the Make a Wish Foundation with a total donation of $1,142. That last 42 seems appropriate.

Many geeky, monkey thanks to Dawn Connelly and the named geeks who donated: Richard, Jeffrey, Erika, Christina, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Jennifer, Lori, Kristi, Michael, Sharon, Brenda, Jessica, Peter, Johnny, Mike, and John! You are all wonderful human-type bipeds and if we could hug you all, we would.

Sining off...


UPDATE 6/22

The Wiz, our letter, and the Facebook comments have landed! We heard back from Simon's mom Sara and she definitely came through on the photos:

OMG ARE YOU SERIOUS!? Time to play! Reading our letter (and the Facebook posts)

What a face! He wrote in the email:

"Thank you for the wiz itmademe happy.my favorite game is maryd.i read all of the messages. Thank you. It freaked meout. From, Simon"

The last little bit is hilarious--and true, because it is a little weird, right, when the internet pitches in to get you a present? The very best kind of weird, of course.

Sara closed the email with the promise of another note from Simon:

"Thank you again from all of us. A written letter from Simon will follow. He gets a little frustrated typing on the computer. Please let everyone know, especially Dawn, how grateful we are for her act of kindness. This has been so amazing. We are truly grateful."

We'll keep you posted on updates. In the meantime, rest easy knowing that Simon is doing very well in school and will not play video games until after his homework is done. He wanted to send this photo of him and his report card to answer some of the more the concerned commenters:

See!?

TIMMY APPROVES!


UPDATE 7/6

As promised, we received a letter from Simon today! Our favorite part: "Thank you to all the people. The Wiz is great. I have beat every level on Maryid. I am fames now becuse of you. And I have a 1000 friends! Dawn is the best one!" Agreed.

New letter from Simon
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Comments

meaningless icon! This is so awesome. Kids are adorable, especially geeky ones.
jcwitt3 said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! Seriously awesome. This sort of thing is just one reason I am such a happy ThinkGeek customer!
Hilary_G said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! Way to go guys! Thanks for helping this kid out!
konTempT said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! I think this is amazing and I wish I had followed along on that post when I saw it on facebook when it was posted. I would have loved to chip in for that little kid to get a Wiz! What a faith in humanity restoration session this was! Great job to Simon for taking that risk in asking and to his Mother for teaching him it truly never hurts to ask! Go geekers <3
Krystle said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! :D
CarrieGouldin said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! Brilliant!!! I'm so proud of all the people out there who contributed for Simon to get his Wiz. Well done! Also, well done for having the Make A Wish foundation as your charity choice! Its one near and dear to our hearts, and we opted to donate to that rather than use favours at our wedding. Brilliant, and reminds me why I love ThinkGeek so much!
tiffany0204 said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! I am proud to live in the same state as Simon, a fellow geek :D Great job TG! <3
Sakoyo said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! awesome
NERD said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! I LOVE LOVE LOVE you and everyone at ThinkGeek. I totally teared up reading this. You guys are amazing. It is nice that a company still personally connects with it's consumers. That is one of the reason I keep coming back here to shop, and always will.
Kiki The Geekette said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! It's little things like this that, quite frankly, restore my faith in people. We encounter so many negative situations, hear of so much bad news, that some days it is easy to think the worst of it all. As a counter to the armed hold-up on my morning newspaper, this is really the perfect antidote. Thank you ThinkGeek, thank you everyone who contributed. I am in tears - happy ones! :)
Armante said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! PROUD..to be Nerdy!! This is Brilliant! Timmy, you and the other monkeys are one of a kind!
AussieBushBaby said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! Thank you for sharing. I needed something positive to restore some faith today.
Hoopmad said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is awesome! :)
UndergroundPhoenix said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is why I love ThinkGeek and the community that surrounds it. Y'all are just so incredibly awesome.
Jacroe said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! ThinkGeek I <3 you...in a totally plutonic, none stalker type way.
generationxwing said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! Sorry if this is going off on a Tangent, but when can we expect to see the "Sine YES / Cosine NO" t-shirts? :) (Nice job fellow geeks)
BossHaug said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! I love that this happened. Think Geek is awesome, and it seems Think Geek customers are equally awesome. Hearing about these things makes me smile and feel just a little better about this wonderful world of ours.
Bagelman said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! *tear* that was a lovely gesture to the geeks involved (and ThinkGeek)!
RaDragon said this 1162 days ago.
meaningless icon! So great! Way to go geeks!
PLDJennaaaay said this 1161 days ago.
meaningless icon! I always recommend your company to all my fellow Geeks, and this is one of the reasons why. Not only do you have awesome products, but you are a company comprised of truly kind and caring individuals.
eanpp74 said this 1161 days ago.
meaningless icon! super cool you guys!
rosebud3606 said this 1161 days ago.
meaningless icon! I am bummed that I completely missed this! I definitely teared up reading the letter from Simon, and from his mom. I remember that kind of kid logic. What sweet thing to do. SO happy for EVERYONE involved, directly, or indirectly!
SillyNiecy said this 1161 days ago.
meaningless icon! I am so PROUD to be a geek. <3 to Dawn and the geek contributors, <3 to Timmy and the other monkeys at ThinkGeek, <3 to Make-A-Wish and of course <3 to SImon! And Timmy, you are entirely correct. The 42 at the end is ESPECIALLY fitting. This really IS the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything! Geeks FTW!
spookiewon said this 1161 days ago.
meaningless icon! no wonder i love you guys so much. and no wonder i surround myself with geeks in my life. they/we are the best, and truly do rule tie world--especially in size of hearts!
admom said this 1161 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is why geeks will rule the world one day. We take care of our own.
The Real T3chW01f said this 1161 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is such a great story. Raising a little geekling myself that is close to Simon's age I'm happy to know that there are so many people in the ThinkGeek family that help inspire the future geek generations. Bonus points to Dawn for quoting Eleanor Roosevelt one of the great social motivators of our time.
onegeekymom said this 1161 days ago.
meaningless icon! I LOVE this story but am in no way surprised! The people behind Think Geek are absolutely outstanding and the people in the Think Geek community are amazing! When we have a birthday or holiday that calls for a gift I always check with Think Geek first because of their people and stories like this! (... ok the super cool geeky stuff plays a role too)
MoonMe427 said this 1161 days ago.
meaningless icon! THIS is why the Geeks shall inherit the Earth... Also, none of us will be surprised if you changed the name to Thought(ful)Geek.com... :-)
Thwwack said this 1161 days ago.
meaningless icon! Woot! I actually saw this post on my news feed and donated, thinking the letter was super sweet. Didn't think the money would be together so quickly! Awesomness!
JustNicky said this 1161 days ago.
meaningless icon! EPIC WIN!
mathmaster112 said this 1161 days ago.
meaningless icon! oh my god..i haz a cry!! that is the sweetest thing i have ever heard! geeks are awesome!! little geeks rule!! now i have to go haz a tissue!!! (((((simon))))
speedergurl68 said this 1159 days ago.
meaningless icon! Loved it guys, just sorry I didn't hear about it soon enough to help chip in!
We have cookies said this 1158 days ago.
meaningless icon! I'm proud to be a Geek Customer. But seeing as you gave him the Wiz for free, does that mean the $13 price still has a slot left? If so sign me up! = P
Adonils said this 1158 days ago.
meaningless icon! yay! best story of the day!
fayebeline said this 1156 days ago.
meaningless icon! Epic Win!!!!! Love Simon's face. Looks like mine every time I open a ThinkGeek package! So proud to be a Geek customer!
krispykiwis said this 1156 days ago.
meaningless icon! Glad I could be a part of that wonderful look on Simon's face! Thanks for helping us make it happen, Dawn!
Rebecca Raven said this 1156 days ago.
meaningless icon! This makes my day! Proud to be a customer!
BeccaLynnLaw said this 1156 days ago.
meaningless icon! Ahhhh!!!! I am the Christina, and my goodness those pictures made my $3.14USD contribution so worth it. I teared up something wicked reading all of that, and I came to the conclusion that Simon totally deserved the effort that fellow thinkgeek facebookers went to. I wait in anticipation for his next hand written letter. <3 P.S. Thanks thinkgeek and Dawn for sending my donation to a worthwhile cause. Much love from down here in New Zealand. ^_^
christina_in_nz said this 1156 days ago.
meaningless icon! Take THAT lulzsec! ThinkGeek did it for 'teh luvz' instead!
jawa7609 said this 1156 days ago.
meaningless icon! And sometimes it just must be said: I'm proud of my coworkers and all our friends (i.e. customers)!
Chris M (ThinkGeek Staff) said this 1155 days ago.
meaningless icon! God, I love you guys. Dawn is amazing for stepping up and starting the way to contribute, 17 other people are amazing for donating their money, and ThinkGeek is amazing for giving the kid his Wiz and then donating the money to charity, which will help even MORE people. I'm so damn proud of everyone involved. :'D
Nemephosis said this 1155 days ago.
meaningless icon! Cutie patootie!!! And ThinkGeek, there is a reason that you are my favorite website/retailer. You got a big one of *THESE*!! (points to heart)
zombiejulie said this 1155 days ago.
meaningless icon! EPIC WIN for ThinkGeek Geeklings :)
Armante said this 1155 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is fantastic! ThinkGeek and everyone who contributed are made of so much win it has brought tears to my eyes more than once. That is one happy little geek. :-)
Dorktacular said this 1155 days ago.
meaningless icon! This makes me happy! You guys are amazing! :D THINKGEEK FTW!!
Milzner said this 1155 days ago.
meaningless icon! This was SUCH a great thing to see- a bonus- I finally got the update on what was going on on my birthday! I feel like this is a little gift from the community. I'm so happy for Simon and his family! His mom ROCKED those photos, and he has a great report card! Great job everyone.
SillyNiecy said this 1155 days ago.
meaningless icon! So happy for Simon! Love the donors, love that face, love that email (!), and love that report card. :))
impatientgirl said this 1155 days ago.
meaningless icon! Who said "Nerds" aren't cool? Way to go!!
Jbyland said this 1155 days ago.
meaningless icon! Things like this are the reason I tell all my friends about this site (ok, the supercool stuff is, too). I wish I'd been able to donate & will keep a keener eye out in the future. The geeklings are our future & it's great that ThinkGeek is out there to supply their world domination needs.
Fiscalator said this 1155 days ago.
meaningless icon! Dear ThinkGeek... I <3 you guys... You are the nicest people ever!! From, jjdavis699
jjdavis699 said this 1155 days ago.
meaningless icon! Wow. What a cute geeklet! He's gonna break some hearts!
spookiewon said this 1154 days ago.
meaningless icon! Aww this is so cool! His face when he saw his Wiz is priceless 8D Now I feel all warm and fuzzy inside, thanks donators, you rule! You gotta love your geeks <3
Trailblazer said this 1154 days ago.
meaningless icon! Moral: something about geeks bearing gifts. Awesome. Rock on.
Tex123 said this 1153 days ago.
meaningless icon! LOL! There are actually TWO Christinas, which totally rocks! I'm the other one from Denver, CO. A big shout out to my fellow AWESOME Christina in NZ, and to all of my fellow geeks! The look on Simon's face is priceless!!!!
amneriscat said this 1147 days ago.
meaningless icon! nice :)
DEopen said this 1142 days ago.
meaningless icon! this makes my heart happy :-)
katebydesign said this 1142 days ago.
meaningless icon! I LOVE this guys! I too wish that I was on-board for chipping in. You guys ROCK, and not just for your products!
KiariAhul said this 1142 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is the best evidence I can find for the internet being a good thing. :)
phillipthenickel said this 1142 days ago.
meaningless icon! Simon is adorable and a lucky child to have awesome parents and a supportive community of geeks. Also, I totally want a "I am fames" t-shirt.
pixieOpower said this 1142 days ago.
meaningless icon! This is the type of geekiness that will spread to everyone. I use technology and gadgets to gather charitable donations that we use to send sick kids to live sporting events. it not only gets people that normally wouldn't to utilize technology, it shows that geeks are highly efficient givers with very big hearts.
shtrobe said this 1120 days ago.
meaningless icon! I remember when I was little and my parents told me the same thing: it never hurts to ask. I wrote letters to just about every company that made the toys that I liked (mostly Lego) and never got a response of any kind. This whole story really hit a chord with me and my 7-year-old self. We would both like to thank you and all those involved for what you did for Simon, he will be a better person for it.
AJTwombly said this 1058 days ago.

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