THE LAST LITTLE SHELTERBOX
As you have probably noticed, there is a lot of CRAP going on in the world. Serious CRAP. The earthquake in New Zealand just over a day ago is an example of aforementioned CRAP. This CRAP leaves a lot of people without shelter or water or protection from the elements.
I woke up thinking about this. I’m lucky to live in a nice, warm apartment, with disco balls hanging from every ceiling and several celebrities trapped in special compartments under my floorboards. I thought about Shelterbox, which is a charity my friend @Gooddirt works for. You should click on that link, but here’s what Shelterbox does, in sum . . .
When there’s a disaster, Shelterbox deploys trained volunteers (hardcore people who’ve done survival training) with their special shelters in a box. The kits vary, but all contain the basic life-sustaining materials people need to survive after a disaster. Tents that fit families of ten. Blankets. A stove. Tools. You can get a good look at the kits here. Use your mouse to examine the various contents.
Each box costs £590 (about $950) and literally puts a roof over someone’s head.
I had exactly one copy of the ARC of The Last Little Blue Envelope left, and I had a little idea. I went on to Twitter and started a series of tweets, which I am now compiling and smoothing out in this post. By the end of today, there will be at least one more Shelterbox out there in the world–and YOU could win that ARC. Here’s the deal:
1. Make a donation to Shelterbox here (in the US) and here (in the UK). Whatever you can afford. The amount won’t increase your chances–it’s whatever you can give. In the blank where it asks you if you are donating in the name of a group or organization, the first donors this morning put my name, so we’ll stick with that.
2. Tweet that you have done so, with the amount, with the hashtag #lastlittleshelterbox. If you don’t have Twitter, you should get Twitter. It takes, like, two seconds and then you and I can TALK ALL DAY LONG. If you REALLY don’t want to Tweet it, email it to me. Don’t do both, though. We need to keep track, so if you send your info twice, we’ll count it twice and GET IT WRONG.
3. Some excellent volunteers are totaling this up as it goes. I’m going to contribute the difference we’re missing to complete a shelter. So, if we make enough for one and a half, I’ll put in whatever we’re short to make it two, etc. Right now (1:15 EST) we’re at around $600.
4. At 8PM (EST) today, I will choose ONE DONOR at RANDOM. That person wins the signed ARC–my last. This is literally my copy.
UPDATED! 1:30 PM
Thanks to my agent @DaphneUn, we can keep this going for TWO days. Today, I will give away my last ARC and make up the difference on the total to make the shelters. Tomorrow, she will give away one ARC from her supply, and make up the difference on ANOTHER shelter!
UPDATES! 4:30 PM
We’ve raised enough for FOUR shelters ($3800) and we are still going STRONG. Plus, I have ARCs of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray (who, with Barry Goldblatt, donated an ENTIRE SHELTER) and Red Glove by Holly Black!
That’s it. Let’s DO this!
UPDATED 9:05 pm
DAY ONE ENDS IN TRIUMPH, with $6000 (£3,713) raised. That’s SIX shelters.
I had no idea this was going to happen when I woke up this morning. Nor did I know this was going to be a two-day event! And I have SO MANY PRIZES for tomorrow! I have:
One more ARC of The Last Little Blue Envelope (from @DaphneUn)
An ARC of Beauty Queens by Libba Bray
An ARC of Goliath by Scott Westerfeld
A signed copy of Across the Universe by Beth Revis
A signed copy (and poster) of Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margi Stohl
An ARC of Pink Boots and a Machete by Mireya Mayor
UNTIL TOMORROW! *falls over*
UPDATED! THURSDAY 1:30PM
A signed ARC of Huntress by Malinda Lo
A signed copy of Tiger Eyes by JUDY BLUME.
Posted: Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011 @ 1:22 pm
Categories: things that are awesome, to the max, twitter, unpredictable behavior.
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