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Red Ops Day 2: Brownsville, TX

Submitted by on May 22, 2012 – 12:06 PM13 Comments

4 PM
Done! That's awesome. Thank you so much, everybody. We polished off the whole high-need list for Brownsville/Harlingen. 

The Red Ops page will probably flip back to unfinished Albuquerque projects for the rest of the day. Please feel free to donate to those; you can still use the BROWNSVILLE match code to double your dollars (up to $100 per donor). At midnight, the page will flip forward to The 'Lo. Know anyone in/from Buffalo? Get 'em psyched.

Or you can sit back and relax for the afternoon — but if you haven't donated today, remember, we've got Amazon-ness, movie-0sity, and matching. Forward your receipts!

1 PM
Less than $700 to go in beautiful Brownsville! Donating today could get you an Amazon gift card; you can use a match code (BROWNSVILLE) to double your donation; AND if you can polish off these last two projects by 4 PM ET, I'll throw in a $50 movie-date prize pack (2 tickets and a $5 gift card, good at all Regal Entertainment Group theaters).

Share! Give! Win! Do it by 4 ET!

9 AM
Gooooood morning! I see the night shift did its usual awesome damage, and now our Brownsville page has just three projects left!

Not sure what we'll do if we finish early. Maybe go back to Albuquerque; maybe rest up for The 'Lo tomorrow. In the meantime: donate, spread the word, and forward me your receipts. Today's prize (the first one anyway) is a $50 Amazon gift code generously donated by reader Beth G. Send me those acknowledgment emails at bunting at tomatonation dot com, and don't forget that we have a match code today: BROWNSVILLE. Type it at checkout and get your donation matched up to $100!

12:05 AM
Welcome to Day 2, friends! Next up: Brownsville, TX. Times are tough, but this mission's a cinch: just five projects, barely north of two grand, AND has supplied a match code. Enter BROWNSVILLE at checkout and double your donation (up to $100 per donor). We can probably kill this target dead by lunchtime, so let's do it!

The URL's the same as yesterday — if you see Albuquerque projects, you can still donate to those, or just wait until Texas comes online — but today we've got shiny new projects to help with: arts and crafts; guitar gear; and Nancy Drew.

You can still suggest projects, too (if Brownsville's tapped out, other high-need projects from that county would work). Email me at bunting at tomatonation dot com with links or questions.

See you in the later AM with prize news! Until then: donate; forward me receipts; RT and FB; and congrats on a great first day! Almost $3700 in donations, and you reached over 100 kids in New Mexico. Well done! Keep it up.

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  • Jennifer M. says:

    aack! I can't believe I spaced on the fundraising starting yesterday. By the time I got over to DonorsChoose today, it was down to 3 projects for Brownsville.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    If we polish off Brownsville in an early enough fashion, we can go back to New Mexico. Stand by.

  • Sarah says:

    Nancy Drew still needs over $600. Let's get her done!

  • attica says:

    How much do I love that there's so much matching going on! Warms the heart, it does.

    For today's earworm, I'm torn between "Brownsville Girl" by Dylan, or "Smoking in the Boys Room" by Brownsville Station. I suspect the latter has more worm-capability, if I'm any patient zero.

  • MinglesMommy says:

    I spaced too, Jennifer M. I'm trying to catch up … running behind the group for dear life!

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    @attica, I'd stretch it a little to "The Gal From Oklahoma" ("…they call her Cissy Brown"), but I just like that song. Could also do Patsy Cline's "South of the Border."

  • Grace says:

    Only two projects left in Brownsville – looks like we're heading back to New Mexico.

  • Charmaine says:

    I have to use up my credits on my monthly giving account before it will match for me….Guess I better get to it….Go Brownsville projects!

  • Sally says:

    Somehow…when I was donating to a project, it told me that a match had been activated. Not sure what I did, but it looks like maybe it was the code that's connected to Brownsville. I didn't type in any match code when I checked out, but it must have automatically matched my donation, even though it wasn't for a Brownsville project.

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    If you enter the Brownsville code, a match is activated, but there may be other matches on certain projects (State Farm, e.g.). I'm not sure. You'll be able to use BROWNSVILLE all day even if those projects are finished, so stand by.

  • Wehaf says:

    Hey Sars, have you considered contacting local media for the upcoming targets? I bet a short news segment ("A NYC-based blogger is raising money to support schools, and she's chosen our town as the focus of today's fundraising!") could bring new people on board, especially regarding Joplin. Maybe some TN readers have media contacts?

  • Sarah D. Bunting says:

    Not a bad idea, if people in or near those regions want to reach out via email/Twitter/Facebook to local news orgs. Just a reminder that the target list is here:

    Big chunk of work with Buffalo tomorrow; couldn't hurt to get the regional news on board.

  • Leigh in CO says:

    Woo! Back to ABQ! Only three more to go there. Good work, Nation!

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