Welcome to Buck-a-Hit Day
Thanks for coming to this blog on our fifth annual Buck-a-Hit Day. Just by visiting here today, readers have caused us to give $1 to charity for each of them. We're making our $1,000 base contribution for the first 1,000 visits, and since we reached that mark 76 minutes before noon (record early time), we're making it $1,076. Great! You can track our total hit count for the day so far by going here; the controlling statistic is the fifth line down -- "Today."
Now that you've shaken a dollar out of us, please don't leave just yet. Don't miss your chance to subvert some of the action to your own favorite charity. The best comment left attached to this post will get to designate where $250 of our kitty goes. Make us laugh, make us cry, make us think, whatever -- the criteria for "best" are wide open. We'll pull out six or so contenders from the comments tonight, and hold a reader poll tomorrow to see which commenter gets to make the call. (Last year, it was Swankette, who steered our $250 to Sisters of the Road, which has become one of our main beneficiaries this year.)
Last but not least, here is your chance to help our charities. Please click on one or more of the four buttons below and give generously to the organization pictured. You'll go to a secure PayPal site, which will take your credit card info if you don't have a PayPal account. (Enter your contribution as the "Unit price"; leave the quantity, or "Qty," as "1." We pay all PayPal fees; every dollar you give goes to charity.)
No donation is too small! Total reader contributions of up to $1,500 will be matched, dollar for dollar, by some special friends of this blog, Greg M. and Mr. Fearless, and us:
For more information about these excellent charities, you can check out their websites here:
Children's Heart Foundation, Oregon Chapter
Oregon Food Bank
If you'd like a receipt (contributions are tax-deductible for you deduction-itemizers out there), just leave a note with your donation, or email me here. Be sure to include in the note your name and address, and the amount you've contributed.
We have gotten a great response from readers so far, but more donations are needed. The Oregon Food Bank is proving to be everyone's favorite here today, but the other three charities are also quite worthy of your support (and perhaps more Portland-centric and less visible). Also, we've had a handful of big gifts so far, but not so many smaller ones. In recent years, we've had a lot more action in the $5 and $10 range, and that's made this event special. Please search around your seat cushions -- no gift is too small.
Regardless of whether you donate or comment, thank you for coming by today. If you are a newcomer to this blog, we hope that you will look around the site a bit (the archives are on the left sidebar, if you're interested), and come back again another day. And please don't hesitate to get out the word to others who may want to visit and give.
UPDATE, 4:38 p.m.: We have now met our match goal of $1,500 contributions from readers. Thank you! But please don't let that stop your from contributing. Sisters of the Road has its own 1-for-2 match in progress right now, and both Human Solutions and Children's Heart Foundation haven't done as well here today as we had hoped. So please keep on giving! And don't forget, our comment contest is still going on as well.
UPDATE, 8:02 p.m.: Donations and comments keep trickling in. Keep it coming, folks -- 'tis the season. And thanks to everyone who's participated so far today.
UPDATE, 10:57 p.m.: A beautiful day is winding down, and it's time to start doing some accounting and winnowing down the comments to the contest finalists. But I'd like nothing better than for you to interrupt me with a donation -- even a small one -- or a thought for the season, or both.