Update 5: And the other donor has sent me her confirmation email too. I'm not going to post it because once I blur out the personal details, it looks exactly the same as mine.
Update 4: Made my matching donation!
Update 3: Thank you to all 32 donors who participated! Will update with the final wrapup in a couple days.
Update 2: There seems to be a trend of anonymous donors now. It's totally fine to donate anonymously, but if you do, could you give some kind of nickname or hometown just so it's more personalized? Thanks!
Update: An additional donor has also agreed to match donations, so now, for every donor, $20 will be donated to the American Red Cross, up to a limit of $1000. Because of this new development, we are extending it one more day, to the end of Friday night. Thanks to all who have participated already.
Recovery efforts are underway for the Haiti earthquake, but they still have a long way to go. Please consider making a donation to relief efforts. To try to jump start things, we're going to try a fundraiser of sorts on the blog.
Here's how it will work.
1. Please make a donation to Haiti relief efforts. You can donate to the American Red Cross by texting "HAITI" to 90999 (A $10 donation will be taken off your phone bill). Or, make a donation via their web page* or another charity of choice.
2. Leave a comment in this post noting that you made a donation. My husband and I will donate $10 to the American Red Cross for every donation listed in the comment section between now and the end of Thursday, up to a limit of $500 dollars.
We're just going to go by the honor system here. Please do consider making a donation. Thank you!
*I've heard that with text donations, the money doesn't get there for 90 days, so a web page donation is better, but if you're short on time, a text donation is better than nothing! Also, if you choose to make a web page donation, I recommend specifying the International Relief Fund rather than earmarking the funds for Haiti specifically, so that it gives the Red Cross some freedom to be flexible as circumstances dictate.