Save The Day: April 15
1:45 PM update
$91,176 — we'll get to 95K in no time! Please consider celebrating Ukiah's birthday with a donation today; the link to his Giving Page is below.
And now, a little halfway-mark love…
You guys, I'm so proud of you. So proud of you. Sometimes, doing the day-to-day administration of the contest, answering emails, updating spreadsheets, I don't make time to step back and admire the bigger picture you have all painted — almost a hundred thousand dollars in just two weeks. Other times, describing to a friend or someone I've just met what's going on, what you've done, how many times you've done it, I end up trailing off mid-sentence with tears climbing my throat. Almost a hundred grand in two weeks. What an amazing hopeful thing that is! What amazing hopeful things you are. Congratulations, seriously.
If you'd like to congratulate yourself with a $15 Barnes & Noble gift card, well, I don't blame you a bit. It's donated by the DonorsChoose.org Action Squadron, and you could win it if you forward me your receipts until midnight ET tonight. Have you donated at any time today, to any project on the leaderboard? Forward that receipt.
9:15 AM update
Great day in the morning, TGIF, etc., because we're at $90,091! Look at y'all go.
If you could keep going on behalf of reader Tylia G., I'd love it. She's the force behind the Ukiah's Heart Giving Page, and she'd like to tell you about it:
April is a difficult month for me. I both lost my son and had him in the same month. He was born on April 15th, 2008 and he passed on April 5, 2010, ten days shy of his second birthday. I'm writing to see if you could feature my Giving Page on the 15th, in honor of my son's birthday. The Giving Page is named after him, after all.
It would be a beautifully special tribute to my little guy and I would be even more indebted to you than I already am.
In addition to an adorable photo of the birthday boy in his secret-identity attire ("all hail Aqua Rooster, Savior of Bath Toys!"), the Ukiah's Heart page features a bunch of neat and helpful projects, like a light-table kit, a trampoline, and a request for calculators that a couple of y'all can probably polish off in no time.
Happy birthday, kid. The rest of y'all, there's a match lurking at 95K. We'll toast to absent friends when we get there; let's go.
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