Okay, I got all the information that's needed to get this idea off the ground. Here are the facts summed up into one entry:
1) Why am I doing this?
After my Grandfather died, my family and I ended 3 1/2 years of hardships. Big time hardships. And everyone suffers from hardships in the world. When I was younger I dealt with a lot of social hardships, and even gave other people hard times too. But after all of this, why should I be a source of difficulty to some people? I don't want to be, I want to start healing the world, not hurting it. And so after learning about what one of my 8 cousins on my Mother's side does for a living. I wanted to do something for her and her "kids."
2)Why a fundraiser?
I literally grew up drawing comics and throughout the years attracted an audience. When my schedule died down, many left, but the devoted and (mostly) golden-hearted readers stayed for support. I believe all of those people and myself, together we could collaborate and do something wonderful for people who deal with much harder times than is necessary.
3)How do I know I can trust you that this isn't a scam?
I don't think you can. I think you have to know who I am as a person to understand that I'm not trying to scam anyone and instead get gifts for kids via your support. It's a leap of faith, I know, but at the same time I'm not asking for much to be given to me. No one should give money they can't afford.
4)Okay, what are you planning on doing?
My cousin works with twenty kids at a place in Israel called Yemin Orde. It's website is http://www.yeminorde.org/. There you can read about it. From my cousin she says the following:
"Yemin Orde' Wingate Youth Village, is a home to more than 500 immigrant, disadvantaged and at-risk children and youth from 20 countries around the world. Located at the south of Haifa in the Carmel Mountains.
I work with the younger kids, a group of 20 girls and boys ages 6-16, All orphans from Russia."
For more information on this place, check out the website. It says a lot more than I can fit in one entry.
5)Then what do we do with Yemin Orde?
The goal is to raise at least $1,000 and buy toys/games with them. The initial idea was to get each kid something like a game boy and at least 1-2 games for each of them. Why handheld games? It is the easiest way for a kid to call something his/her own as well as not dealing with televisions/compatibility issues. Handheld games also have a larger library of simple games that don't require knowing the english language to enjoy. These kids are hard workers and study hard. They have been teaching the kids hebrew (since they are in Israel but not originated from there), as well as giving them an education. There are many sports leagues at Yemin Orde. They all have a great time but do not have things like video games. In an e-mail my cousin says the following:
"These kids could also use some "down" time, and when you mentioned donating a bunch of gameboys for them I thought, and still do think, this is a great idea. Being the kids they are I dont think they will overuse..abuse this activity. And I think that games also have an educational side to them (my mom taught me that!) learning how to win and lose, as well as gaining dexterity, coordination and self control."
Pretty good point yeah? I have a smart cousin, don't I?
6)Very good. Do I get anything out of it?
Nah. This isn't a type of fundraiser where I'd go "Okay if I reach 200 dollars, I'll draw a bonus comic!" Those fundraisers were more for the cause of trying to live the dream of getting paid for something you love. However, I get paid for doing art and whatnot offline, no fundraisers for my finances are ever necessary. That said, this fundraiser is just something to feel good about. If you support the idea, donate. If you rather be charitable elsewhere. You put a smile on my face just the same, because you're helping the world anyway. If anything, I do want to include a list of all contributors once we ship the entire package of the toys to Yemin Orde. It doesn't have to be anonymous if you feel it is something that makes you feel better that there is written proof that you helped.
7)What will you be doing with all of this?
I'll be organizing it all. I'm going through myspace before my websites. If you want to link to this entry, I'll leave it public for everyone to be able to read (a first!). After a few weeks, I'll link to it on my websites, and I know some other people who might want to promote it. I don't want it to be too big. I don't think it's that kind of fundraiser. I was planning on donating a few hundred bucks to the fundraiser as well, but I might need to save that money to pay for the shipping costs of a bunch of game boys and games. Especially since it will be heavy AND an overseas shipment... Nothing to worry about!
8)How do we send you money?
While I think $5-$10 dollars is a very good number to give to this, you can donate as much as you want. Juuuust, not too much. I always feel uncomfortable when one person alone sends money in the three digit zone. If you're rich, sure, but I'm not sure how many of us can say that. ;-) That said, below is a paypal button that I have set up to inform me that these payments are or the charity.
9)Can I mail you some old copies of
things I no longer need instead of money?
Yeah, if you're okay with dealing with packaging and shipping. If you're interested in that, e-mail me or message me for details in getting the objects to me.
10)What else can I do?
If you know some people who would be interested in something like this, just forward them to this page. Pay it forward, telephone effect, chainletters,
if you do not reply in 10 days, a ghost will kill
you. Remember, this is not about giving toys to other people,
this is about making kids who have had a very hard life be reminded that
there is good in the world.
11)Will this be an annual thing?
I don't know. I'm unsure. I don't want this to be a big thing. I want this to be a small thing that's done for good intentions, but doesn't have to be something that raises a ton of money, or get any attention at all. In fact, I hope it doesn't get any publicity. It should be something quiet and intimate.
12)How long will this run??
I've decided to stop accepting donations on December 16th, 2007. People can still mail old copies of things to me if they wish, however.
I will update this page every few days the progress of how much money has been sent this way:
Current Donations: $1010
Current Items Bought With Donations:
7 Game Boy Advance SPs
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Fall Of The Foot Clan (Game Boy Classic)
Yoshi (Game Boy Classic)
Battle Arena Toshinden (Game Boy Classic)
Pokemon Pinball (Game Boy Color)
Super Breakout (Game Boy Color)
Donkey Kong Land (Game Boy Classic)
Donkey Kong Land III (Game Boy Classic)
Mario Picross (Game Boy Classic)
Game and Watch Gallery (Game Boy Classic)
Game and Watch Gallery 3 (Game Boy Color)
Mario Golf (Game Boy Color)
Tetrix DX (Game Boy Color)
2 copies of Super Mario Advance (Game Boy Advance)
2 copies of Super Mario World (Game Boy Advance)
Yoshi's Island (Game Boy Advance)
Mario Pinball Land (Game Boy Advance)
Mario Kart Super Circuit (Game Boy Advance)
2 copies of Sonic Advance 2 (Game Boy Advance)
Sonic Advance 3 (Game Boy Advance)
Super Street Fighter II Turbo Revival (Game Boy Advance)
Donkey Kong Country 3 (Game Boy Advance)
Capcom Classics Mini Mix (Game Boy Advance)
One Piece (Game Boy Advance)
The Incredibles (Game Boy Advance)
Robots (Game Boy Advance)
Pac-Man Collection (Game Boy Advance)
Namco Museum (Game Boy Advance)
Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (Game Boy Advance)
Tony Hawk's Underground (Game Boy Advance)
Matt Hoffman's PRO BMX (Game Boy Advance)
Spyro Attack of the Rhynoes (Game Boy Advance)
Dragonball Z Taiketsu (Game Boy Advance)
Frogger's Adventures (Game Boy Advance)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Game Boy Advance)
Super Monkey Ball JR. (Game Boy Advance)
Power Rangers Dino Thunder (Game Boy Advance)
Total: 39 Game Paks
Thank you everyone. Let's make some kids happy. :-)