This being December 1st, I figured we'd start things off here in the true spirit of the holiday season - my looking more generous than everyone else.
OK, seriously, this is my actual purpose here - this morning, while all atwitter about Christmas card sending and present buying and holiday menu planning oh my, a faint voice of sanity reminded me that I might be getting off-course from the real meaning of the holidays. To help me right my Santa ship, I'm resurrecting again here a nice tradition an Invisible Internet Friend (who isn't blogging anymore, sadly) started - the "Pay-It-Forward" giveaway.
Here's the concept - I will be making one $50 donation to the charity of one reader's choice, in the name of whomever you designate, given the following guidelines:
1) Leave me a comment naming the charity of your choice, including your email address if yours isn't already linked to your Blogger profile, and a brief sentence explaining why your cause is worthy. That's it; I remain allergic to contest entries that require you to follow a person here & there & recite the Gettysburg Address backwards or whatever.
I do ask that you consider doing this sort of giveaway on your blog as well, but of course there's no obligation to do so. If you do, please let me know so that I can link to it in a future post here.
2) Your charity must be a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization registered with the IRS as such, ie, "American Red Cross", "Junior League of X", etc. whose official, hoity-toity government sanctioned status can be verified by me. If you're outside of the US, impress me with some other official government sanction.
3) I reserve the right to eliminate any suspicious looking entrants/entries in my sole discretion. Sadly, "The League to Support My Handbag Habit" is not a valid entry; I know because I've already tried for 501(c)(3) status on that one.
4) Giveaway entries close on Sunday, December 4th at 11:59 pm, CST. I will select a winner via Random.org & announce the results on Monday, December 5th here. I'll email the winner to get the donation details squared away; if I don't hear back from you within 48 hours, another winner will be selected & announced.
From the bottom of my cold, unfeeling Ice Queen heart - thank you for participating. Mwah.