Monday, November 29, 2010

Do a Good Deed and Win Books

I’ll freely admit that I’m a rather privileged individual who lives a pretty good life. Perhaps it’s that old WASP upbringing, but I try to share out some of my good luck by donating time and money to organizations that mean something to me. Recent challenges in my personal life have only reinforced this belief and have encouraged me to try and do more (at least once I get my feet back under me). So, I strongly encourage anyone out there with the means to donate to the Ronald McDonald House – they helped me and my family out when we needed it and its donations that make it possible. In the very least, the next time you are at McDonald’s the fast food chain, drop your spare change (or even a few bucks) into the donation jar next to the register – I can assure you it goes to a good cause.

Now since this is primarily a SFF blog about SFF books and such, I suppose it’s a good idea to point to a charitable donation that you can make that will probably win you free SFF books or other sweet swag. Every year author Patrick Rothfuss organizes a fund drive for Heifer International and he uses his influence as a bestselling author to get publishers, authors, editors, and all sorts of other people to donate books and other swag to give away as prizes. He and a few others also match 50% of each donation made. Every $10 donated gives you 1 entry for the thousands (yes, thousands) of prizes up for grabs. I’ve given the last 2 years and won some pretty great books for it. So, if giving to a good cause isn’t enough, know that you’ll probably win some cool stuff.

So, what are you waiting for…


And while you’re at it…

3 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Hey, it's not just about the science fiction - it's about doing something that will change the lives of others!

Sarah (Bookworm Blues) said...

I'm really glad that you posted this. I am huge into community service and think it's great when others are as well. I have been a long time fan of the Ronald McDonald house. They really pulled through for my friend when her 3 year old son had to go through chemo. What an amazing origination, and I'm glad you were able to take advantage of them.

I'm off to look at Worldbuilders.

Also, as a final thought, I hope you and your family are doing alright. You have been in my thoughts.

Walter Rhein said...

It's nice to hear about a charity that is actually legitimate. I don't have anything against donating, but I'm often suspicious as to where my dollars are going. Next time I'm at McDonald's the change is going towards a donation!

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