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So last year, on December 4th, I made a post. I said that I was too poor to give people gifts this year, and instead of giving me anything, I wanted my friends to donate money so I could go shopping for underwear for the local teen homeless shelter.

The project took on a life of its own, and in three weeks the internet raised over $3,000.


I'd like to do that again this year. So this is where I tell you that Spokane is cold. Thursday, when I was driving to work, it was 19 degrees out. Our weekly high has been in the 30s. These kids don't have much in the way of clothing, and they especially don't have much in the way of warm, practical gear. Most of what they own is second, third, or fourth hand.

I went by the shelter tonight, and grabbed their Holiday wishlist. It reads:

  • Underwear & socks

  • Jeans, hooded sweatshirts, flannel shirts & tops (esp XL-XXL)

  • Gloves & stocking caps

  • Games & activities (basketballs, board games, footballs, hacky sacks, hand held video games, playing cards, tech decks, etc)

  • Toiletries (esp. deodorant & toothbruhes) & make-up

  • Arts & crafts supplies

  • Boots & winter shoes

  • Gift certificates (books, clothes, food, movies, music, etc)

  • Twin bedding & bath towels

  • Bicycle helmets, lights & locks



Socks, hoodies, and gloves have been circled. I'm told that (again) underwear are in great demand.

I've gone and priced those items, and hoodies seem to be running around $18. Socks and gloves and underwear can be bought in multi-packs, and run between $2 and $7 dollars a pack.

I'd like to raise $500 to buy hoodies, socks, underwear, and gloves for these kids.

I know that money is super tight for all of us this time of year, and I know that nobody has a lot to give. But here's the thing - if a hundred people each give $5, that's $500. I know that's possible, because over 300 people donated last year. If you've even got a dollar in your paypal account, that would be wonderful too, and if you don't have that - please please repost this. Spread the word, this won't be possible without it! Livejournal, blogs, twitter, facebook, whatever. The more people who see this, the more likely it is that we'll be able to do this.

So yes. that's my Christmas wish again this year. Help me help out a bunch of kids who don't have anything, and could really use something to make their lives a little bit better.


My paypal is jessamayone@hotmail.com , and if you have any questions, I can be reached at bunnymcfoo at gmail dot com, or through a comment on this entry. Please be sure to mark donations as being a gift, or paypal will take a small chunk out of the donation D: I would prefer it if you did not use the button, since you can't mark a gift at that point.








I'm really really crossing my fingers that this works out well. If anyone wants more information about the shelter, I can provide that - just ask! All of your contributions are tax-deductible, and I would be more than happy to mail receipts to you.


EDIT: The Holiday party for the shelter is the 15th, so if it's possible to get this done before then, that would be wonderful. I will, however, be accepting donations until the 24th - they're always accepting things, and I could hit the after Christmas sales with whatever was left after the 15th. <3 <3 <3


CHILD OF EDIT: It has been pointed out to me that non-US paypal is slightly different, and may not give you the option of marking something as a gift - if that's the case for you, please don't worry about it. The amount taken from your donation is negligible, and your gift will be gratefully received.


THE EDIT STRIKES BACK: This post has been up for about 20 hours at this point, and just over $800 has been raised. I'm so utterly delighted in all of you, and wish that I could hug the internet. At this point, we're past simply hoodies and socks and into hoodies, socks, undies, jeans, and toothbrushes. Thank you, you are all wonderful.
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Date: 2009-12-06 04:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] siryn99.livejournal.com
done and done. <3

Date: 2009-12-06 04:46 am (UTC)
ext_6545: (*thumbs up*)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
you are wonderful, oh my gosh.

Date: 2009-12-06 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cityphonelines.livejournal.com
This was linked on my flist and I'm really glad that you're organizing something again this year. I donated a bit and will definitely pimp this out.

Date: 2009-12-06 05:17 am (UTC)
ext_6545: (gee way for president)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
thank you so much, for both your donation and for spreading the word. \o/ you are wonderful!

Date: 2009-12-06 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tenaciousmetoo.livejournal.com
I'm so glad you're doing this again. Sent you a little something, and cross-posted. ♥

Date: 2009-12-06 06:08 am (UTC)
ext_6545: (to a degree that is truly stupid)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
you are seriously a wonder, my darling. ♥

Date: 2009-12-06 06:20 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Hey, Ms. Bunny, Donated again, and when are you coming back down to the BA so you and that girl of mine can join us old fogies for lunch at school again? Your generosity is awesome.

Date: 2009-12-06 07:03 am (UTC)
ext_6545: (Default)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
Hey Ms M!

I'll be stopping by the BA this trip home - probably the 20th. :) It'll be awesome to see you again, and THANK YOU SO MUCH for your donation.

Date: 2009-12-06 06:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] exsequar.livejournal.com
You are so amazing. Of course I will be donating and spreading the word! ♥

Date: 2009-12-06 07:04 am (UTC)
ext_6545: (gee way for president)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
*twirls you!!!!!!*
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Date: 2009-12-06 07:36 am (UTC)
ext_6545: (alicia <3s bunny)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
<3 <3 <3 <3

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Date: 2009-12-06 07:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fleurdeliser.livejournal.com
Done! Linked on the book of faces and will link on an LJ post tomorrow. ♥

You are an A+++ individual, Bunners.

Date: 2009-12-06 07:46 am (UTC)
ext_6545: (gee way for president)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
You are wonderful my darling. ♥ ♥ ♥
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Date: 2009-12-06 10:44 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (Default)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
You are made of wonderfulness and win! ♥


(me too, the response to this always makes me feel like hugging the entire internet!)

Date: 2009-12-06 12:18 pm (UTC)
ext_16873: (misc} first octopus)
From: [identity profile] maleyka.livejournal.com
Money's a little tight and I won't be able to give a lot, but I should be able to swing five bucks! And this is definitely going into my next update. \o/

Date: 2009-12-06 12:23 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] maleyka.livejournal.com
Stupid Question Time: PayPal's not giving me the option of marking my donation as a gift in the dropdown menu; do I just put it in the text field or something?

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Date: 2009-12-06 01:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wesleysgirl.livejournal.com
Hi hi! I clicked over here through my flist (maybe through [livejournal.com profile] winterlive? I'm too lazy to go back and look, because I suck.) and I re-posted a link back to here (http://wesleysgirl.livejournal.com/1162686.html) encouraging people to contribute.

Date: 2009-12-06 06:40 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (Default)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for the signal-boost! I've already received a donation from someone who saw it on your lj. <3

Date: 2009-12-06 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robanybody.livejournal.com
I am broke right now, but will try to donate something after my next paycheck. Is there another Paypal option for those of us who don't have credit cards? Or should I be sending a money order?

Date: 2009-12-06 06:42 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (to a degree that is truly stupid)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
Nargh, short of using your bank account for paypal, I don't think they offer anything else. If you want to send me a money order or cheque through the mail though, that would work fine. <3 <3 <3 <3

Ilu so much bb, thank you for this.

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Date: 2009-12-06 01:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] castalie.livejournal.com
Here via [livejournal.com profile] wesleygirl who linked to your entry. This is a wonderful initiative and I gladly participated. Thank you for running it.

Date: 2009-12-06 06:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for your donation, you are wonderful.

Date: 2009-12-06 02:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] angel726.livejournal.com
here via [livejournal.com profile] exsequar, I just sent you a little something and wanted to leave you the sincerest wishes that you'll make your goal!

Date: 2009-12-06 06:49 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (Default)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for contributing! When I woke up this morning, my paypal balance was $587.02, so we're past the goal and zooming on into "wow, we're gonna be able to buy them so much stuff!!!!" territory. \o/

Date: 2009-12-06 02:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dont_panic4242.livejournal.com
Here via [livejournal.com profile] winterlive, just donated. Great idea! Thanks for doing this.

Date: 2009-12-06 06:49 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (gee way for president)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for your contribution! You are absolutely wonderful.

Date: 2009-12-06 03:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pattrose.livejournal.com
Sent. :)

Date: 2009-12-06 06:50 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (it's gonna be a  bright sunshiny day)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
Thank you so very much! Take some time today to feel extra good about yourself, okay? :D

Date: 2009-12-06 04:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sweill.livejournal.com
Here via winterlive.
Done. =]

Date: 2009-12-06 06:51 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (*thumbs up*)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
Thank you thank you thank you! :D

Date: 2009-12-06 05:36 pm (UTC)
ext_3762: girl reading outside in sunshine (BFF)
From: [identity profile] harborshore.livejournal.com
Will link and try to donate--hopefully my next paycheck will show up BEFORE Christmas. *glares at temp agency* Or my student aid, even, that'd be swell.

Date: 2009-12-06 10:38 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (to a degree that is truly stupid)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
You are wonderful my darlingist, oh em gee. <3 <3 <3 <3

Date: 2009-12-06 05:45 pm (UTC)
wolfling: (cas dean happy)
From: [personal profile] wolfling
Here via [livejournal.com profile] wesleysgirl. This is an awesome thing you are doing. I'm happy to be able to help.

Done :D

Date: 2009-12-06 06:52 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (at the top of my lungs)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for your donation, you are truly wonderful. :D :D :D

Date: 2009-12-06 05:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] setissma.livejournal.com
I heart this holiday drive, because I think it's a wonderful thing you're doing. <3. I sent a little bit and linked!

Date: 2009-12-06 06:53 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (to a degree that is truly stupid)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
Well, I heart you for donating and boosting the signal! <3!

Date: 2009-12-06 06:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shoiryu.livejournal.com
Kicked a bit over and will link this later. ♥ Thanks for being awesome.

Date: 2009-12-06 06:54 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (gee way for president)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
Oh no, no, thank you for being awesome! I am so grateful for your donation and signal-boost. :D

Date: 2009-12-06 07:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] redjacket.livejournal.com
I saw this last year and wanted so much to donate but couldn't afford it. This year I'm full time and I can so I very, very happily have!

I hope it's as successful as last year!

Date: 2009-12-06 10:41 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (Default)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
Jacks, you win at everything. <3 <3 <3 <3

Date: 2009-12-06 07:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hobhouse.livejournal.com
Such a wonderful idea! I gave a little, and linked to this post in my fic journal where more people tend to hang out ^_____^

Date: 2009-12-06 10:41 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (Default)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
♥ ♥ ♥

thank you so much for both the donation and the signal boosting!

Date: 2009-12-06 08:24 pm (UTC)
ext_9990: (Default)
From: [identity profile] belladonnalin.livejournal.com
Socks, in particular, go fast. Athletic socks (white and black) are all any of them wear and because laundry facilities are a pain in the ass, some of them just throw them away.

Date: 2009-12-06 10:39 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (Default)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
Yeah, I stopped by last night and was told that the basics are what I should be focusing on - we're at almost $700, so I think we'll be able to hit hoodies and a ton of socks. \o/

Date: 2009-12-06 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] maeveth.livejournal.com
Here via Journalfen's random_lounge (http://www.journalfen.net/community/random_lounge/157196.html?style=mine). The west side of the state's been cold enough, I don't even want to think about what it's like on the east side. Donating to a good cause, and your-deity-of-choice bless you for your generosity.

Date: 2009-12-06 10:43 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (59.7 inches of snow does that to a girl)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
Thank you so much for your contribution! (oh man, I'm just grateful that it's not snowing on us yet. little things, little things.)

Thanks also for giving me the heads-up that I've been linked to over there - I had no idea the signal had been boosted that far already! :D

Date: 2009-12-06 10:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] babyofthegroup.livejournal.com
Hiya, bunners. Glad to see this is happening again this year! <3

I'm a bit confused by your above statement with the PayPal button:

I would prefer it if you did not use the button, since you can't mark a gift at that point.

Does this mean I should just log into PayPal and send directly, rather than using the button? If you do use the button, the "item" PayPal gives you an option for is "gifts for homeless kids" -- does this still mean they're taking a cut?

Date: 2009-12-06 10:40 pm (UTC)
ext_6545: (Default)
From: [identity profile] bunnymcfoo.livejournal.com
Yes, it would be best to log directly into paypal and go from there - any which way you use the button, it takes a cut. :(


ETA: Dear self, finish the comment before hitting post.

<3 You gonna be around the BA around the 20th? I'm going to be in the area, and I'd love to see you again!
Edited Date: 2009-12-06 10:44 pm (UTC)

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