Welcome to Buck-a-Hit Day
Thanks for coming to this blog on our sixth annual Buck-a-Hit Day. Just by visiting here today, you have caused the bojack.org Gift-Giving Team to give $1 to the Oregon Food Bank. One of our readers, Mr. Fearless, has pledged to keep donating a buck to the OFB for every visit to this blog today -- through 5,000 unique visits. 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. Something having to do with the spirit of the season would be welcome. Even a link to an original photo of yours would be good. 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 but not least, here is your chance to help our charities. Please click on one or more of the five 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. (We pay all PayPal fees; every dollar you give goes to charity.) Please enter the amount of your donation, and "Update total." Then either log in to your PayPal account or click "Continue" above the credit card logos.
No donation is too small! Total reader contributions of up to $2,100 will be matched, dollar for dollar, by some special friends of this blog, Michael and Anne, and by us:
For more information about these excellent charities, you can check out their websites here:
Children's Heart Foundation, Oregon Chapter
Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center
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.
If we get our 5,000 unique visits and fill out our match of $2,100, then adding in the $250 to the comment contest winner's charity, we'll be raising $9,450 for charity here today. Now, that would be awesome.
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 before this day is out. We'll need lots of help to get to 5,000 hits.
UPDATE, 11:32 p.m.: We did it!!! Our 5,000th hit came in at 11:02 p.m. And at this point readers have chipped in $2,570 by clicking on our "Donate" buttons. And so with almost an hour to go in Buck-a-Hit Day, we've raised $9,920 for charity here today. Amazing! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
It's not too late to be part of this. If you have not already done so, think about clicking on one of those "Donate" buttons above. No contribution is too small. We pay the handling fees, and so every dollar you contribute goes to the charity pictured.
And please, leave a comment about this season below; our comments contest remains open 'til midnight, and if you leave a good comment, you might just get to play the philanthropist with $250 of my money.
UPDATE, 12/18, 12:12 a.m.: A wrapup of the day is here.