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Jan. 24th, 2010 | 06:12 pm
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I've really admired the fannish generosity in the help_haiti community. They already have over $45,000 in confirmed donations, and may double that.

I won lotrips fic by: sema427 (formerly semaphore27, she's back!), lobelia321, [dreamwidth.org profile] v_angelique, viggorlijah, and foxtales: fangirl squeee!!!!

So I made my donations to the help_haiti group for UNICEF. and the Doctors Without Borders emergency relief fund. Why that fund and not their Haiti fund? Because non-profits and charities have to work under a zillion constraints, and earmarking donations to specific funds just adds to that, and makes them less able to handle future crises. A good post on the topic.
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Any further questions? Ask the shrimp!

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from: txvoodoo
date: Jan. 25th, 2010 02:31 am (UTC)
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AHHH You won the Sema fic!

I wanted to keep bidding on it, but another of my bids had gone up real high, and I had to look at my bank account and be real ;)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jan. 27th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
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My pleasure to share!

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Any further questions? Ask the shrimp!

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from: txvoodoo
date: Jan. 27th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
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yay!!

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silentdescant

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from: silentdescant
date: Jan. 25th, 2010 03:33 am (UTC)
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:O SEMA IS BACK? congrats on winning the fics, that will be awesome!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jan. 27th, 2010 05:51 am (UTC)
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She is awesome, yes!

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Never give up; it's such a wonderful life.

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from: rane_ab
date: Jan. 25th, 2010 09:22 am (UTC)
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We have $52,000 confirmed, now. :D And there've been some pages added that we haven't got around to yet... Fandom = amazing!

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jan. 27th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
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You rock!!!

Doctors Without Borders finally sent me the confirmation, so if people are late, that may be why.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jan. 28th, 2010 12:17 am (UTC)
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PS If you need more volunteers, if anyone's burning out, please let me help!

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Never give up; it's such a wonderful life.

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from: rane_ab
date: Jan. 28th, 2010 12:31 am (UTC)
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Hee, I'm trying to contact pinkfinity myself to see if any more help is needed elsewhere, since I caught up on the regular confirmations. I think we're good for now? I'll definitely let you know if I hear more help is needed. There will be a new Lightning Round as of tomorrow, but since it only lasts for two days, I don't know if people will be making lists. However, there will be a new round sometime in late February, and I'm sure we'll need all the help we can get, then, so if you happen to have some spare time around then, let us know! :o)

(And where the donations are concerned: you have till Feb 5 to pay up for this round, so you're amply on time. :D)

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Never give up; it's such a wonderful life.

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from: rane_ab
date: Jan. 28th, 2010 04:03 pm (UTC)
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Hey! I've just been told we're going to try and move everything from the first round to a database that should be easier to search (and which would also make the second round easier). I don't know the details yet as the person handling the database isn't online, but it's likely to involve much mindless copy and pasting. Any interest in helping out? :p (Don't worry if you'd rather not, but I just thought I'd ask.)

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jan. 30th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
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If you need help, I'd be honored to. Sometimes you just gotta copy and paste.

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Never give up; it's such a wonderful life.

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from: rane_ab
date: Jan. 30th, 2010 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Heh, we ended up just archiving the second lightning round as a test for the next auction, instead of the previous auction, which was little enough that I managed it on my own. Thank you for offering, though, and if you have some time in late February, when the next auction begins - it'll be all hands on deck, then. :o)

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sheldrake

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from: sheldrake
date: Jan. 25th, 2010 09:29 am (UTC)
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Thanks for that link about non-specific donations. It's a really good point, and not something that had occurred to me.

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Lotripper

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from: msilverstar
date: Jan. 28th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
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I got loudly and publicly DEFRIENDED when I posted something like that about Katrina. Now I see that my focus and tone was wrong, but I stand behind my thoughts. I'm glad help_haiti didn't link to the most exclusively Haiti funds. There will be a flood in Bangladesh... a landslide in Chile ... an earthquake right under my feet (expected any time now). But our building codes are hugely better. Anyway. thank you for noticing.

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