It's been one month since we kicked off the Red Reporter Pledge Drive. It's a little hard to calculate the total mid-stream (some pledges require the season to be over), but we've currently raised $337.50. Considering this is our first attempt - and we started after the All Star Break - I think that's damn good. You should be proud.
That also means we've hit the first $250 plateau. Per one of my pledges, I agreed to change my avatar and signature to something (almost guaranteed to be embarrassing) by community suggestion. Leave your ideas for either (or both) in the thread. Do not try to make me advertise your product, worship a weird god or claim that I hate the Reds. Wouldn't really be in the spirit of giving, would it? I'll set up a poll in another post with the best five.
And it's not too late to give. Some friendly suggestions for giving, for those looking for an outlet, after the jump.
Hospice of the Miami Valley
46 N. Detroit St., Suite B
Xenia, OH 45385
Red Reporter recently lost one of its own, Supergrover. The family has requested donations in memoriam. FordhamRam provided a very eloquent support of hospice giving:
His family's request that donations be made to the hospice where he stayed is a good indicator that he was well taken care for there.
Hospices are nowhere near as well-funded as they should be; and despite this, they're often run by incredibly caring and helpful people. If you can afford to ensure these folks have the ability to care for others the way they seemingly cared for SuperGrover, I encourage you to do.
Cincinnati Red Cross
Give Blood. Save Lives.
A leading humanitarian organization fighting global poverty, with an emphasis on women, CARE leads "community-based efforts to improve basic education, prevent the spread of disease, increase access to clean water and sanitation, expand economic opportunity and protect natural resources. CARE also delivers emergency aid to survivors of war and natural disasters, and helps people rebuild their lives"
"The Freestore Foodbank is a provider of emergency food and client services. It is the Tri-State's largest food bank, serving 20 counties across Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. The Freestore Foodbank has three locations in the greater Cincinnati area: The Customer Connection Center on Liberty Street in Over-the-Rhine, the Mayerson Distribution Center on Tennessee Avenue in Bond Hill and the Jeff and Darlene Anderson Family Building on Central Parkway in the West End."