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#1 Galenraff

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 12:54 AM

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Announcement: Allspark.com 2012 Charity Drive!

In what has quickly become my favorite and proudest time of year around here at the Allspark, I'm excited to announce the beginning of our 2012 Charity Drive to benefit the Hasbro Children's Hospital! Our first drive in 2010 was a surprise - a grassroots effort that sprang forth after we pooled money to buy a rare vintage toy catalog and then went on to donate nearly $2500. Last year we raised nearly $6400 and were then stunned when it was personally matched by Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner.

This year's goal: $8000. The deadline is 11:59pm on Sunday, February 26. $5 minimum suggested, but any amount is appreciated! Donate using the donation sig below, or continue to the post below for alternate payment methods.



We'll once again set out to buy a sponsorship of the Hasbro Children's Hospital annual fundraising gala being held on March 3 in Providence, RI. It's entitled the "Battleship Ball," based upon Hasbro's board game and upcoming movie property. Our sponsorship will earn us recognition at the event and in print materials, as well as 8 tickets to the gala. Read here to see Powered Convoy's report and photos from last year's awesome event.

It's a big number, and an ambitious goal. Higher even than last year's already surprising total. But this community - the strongest I've ever seen on fan forums - has done nothing short of the amazing in so generously giving support to sick kids and their families. I have a lot of confidence in this community, and I think we can do it!

Edited by Daytonus, 24 February 2012 - 01:58 PM.

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#2 Galenraff

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:49 AM

A few minor pieces of housekeeping:

Method of Donation
This year we've integrated our automated system with Amazon Payments instead of Paypal (due to Paypal's recent bad track record with grassroots charity drives like this). It's actually really slick - it's no more difficult to donate than it is to buy a DVD or book or something! A small fee applies if you use the automated widget, but we feel it's worth it for the convenience. If you would like to pay a different way, scroll down for other options.

Tax Deductions
Please remember that if you give to the Allspark effort, your contributions are NOT tax-deductible. In effect, this constitutes many small gifts to a single individual (either Daytonus or myself). Only that person's single donation to the Hasbro Children's Hospital is deductible. However, as in previous years, any tax benefit as a result of claiming those deductions on our returns will be donated right back into the donation effort of the following year. (Last year I believe that was a couple hundred dollars. When I do my taxes, I'll let you all know what benefit last year's drive brings.) However, if your donation not being tax deductible makes this a dealbreaker for you, we understand, and would still encourage you to donate directly to the Hasbro Children's Hospital! While the collective credit to the community is nice, what really matters is support for the kids.

Money Only, But Be Creative
We are only able to collect money for this effort, not toys or other goods (whether new or used). But we'd still collect only money even if we could do other things. It turns out that money is by far the most efficient way for charitable organizations like the Hasbro Children's Hospital to support their work, because they can use it for research, diagnosis, patient care, and amenities (which includes toys and games). However, if you'd like to help and don't have money to spare, that's okay and we certainly don't want you living off ramen all month. Instead, consider selling used toys on Ebay and then contributing the proceeds. Do some commission art work in exchange for donations. Do some legwork for us - get the word out to your social networks, to your friends, and to your families! The more people who hear about this great community and the difference it's making, the more they'll be interested in helping!

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#3 Galenraff

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 01:50 AM

Other Ways to Contribute

Paypal: Send to grafferty@comcast.net. (For the type of transaction select "Personal", and mark it as "Gift".)

Personal check, money order, or other payment type: We continue to discourage these methods of payment mostly as a matter of convenience, but if you want to contribute and this is the only way, we'll try to accommodate you. Send a PM to Galenraff to request your payment type, and he'll work out the details with you. Please make these arrangements prior to February 15 if possible, so all transactions have time to clear before the deadline.

Edited by Daytonus, 01 February 2012 - 12:28 PM.

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 02:07 AM

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Last year, the donation widget had a little Easter Egg -- character customization for our My Little Pony fans! This year, we're doing even more, pitting all manner of aquatic Transformers against the Ponies in a thrilling game of Battleship! Make your sig below!



#5 Daytonus

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:39 PM

Let's get this party started!

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:46 PM

wow this already? time flew by

#7 CORVUS

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:52 PM

I get paid again a week from tomorrow and I will definitely donate!

Transformers is a brand that really has something for everyone. We are a darn lucky fandom.


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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:54 PM

Donation sent icon-hotrod.gif via paypal

Edited by Goblez, 26 January 2012 - 10:55 PM.


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Posted 26 January 2012 - 10:55 PM

QUOTE(^0^CORVUS^o^ @ Jan 26 2012, 10:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I get paid again a week from tomorrow and I will definitely donate!

What he said icon-hotrod.gif

#10 Noprobsrobs

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Posted 26 January 2012 - 11:15 PM

Next time I get some expendable cash, I'll make sure to donate!

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:26 AM

Perfect timing! I get paid tomorrow. icon-hotrod.gif

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 02:42 AM

As soon as my income check clears I will donate


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Posted 27 January 2012 - 04:23 AM

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#14 Galenraff

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 11:03 AM

2% in just 12 hours. Aw yeah, it's on! icon-ironhide.gif

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 11:38 AM

Come on guys, get those sigs going!

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:10 PM

I screwed up my first donation, so I donated twice.

$5 and $50

Hopefully we get close to our goal. I'm going to try and do an Ebay auction or two in February, so I can donate more - get rid of a few things and maybe sell a custom or two.
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#17 ▲ndrusi

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:29 PM

Apparently my transaction failed. icon-depth.gif

QUOTE(orionpax44 @ Jun 24 2012, 01:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Childrens toys? whaa the boxes seriously say ages 5+ I consider myself the plus.
QUOTE(mx-01 archon @ Sep 9 2012, 01:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You're talking to ▲ndrusi. Assume everything that he posts is snark.

#18 Daytonus

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:33 PM

QUOTE(▲ndrusi @ Jan 27 2012, 12:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Apparently my transaction failed. icon-depth.gif

Well, I received it. What did it say?

Edit: well, it looks like I received the failed transmission. Have any info?

Edited by Daytonus, 27 January 2012 - 12:36 PM.


#19 Galenraff

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:33 PM

QUOTE(▲ndrusi @ Jan 27 2012, 11:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Apparently my transaction failed. icon-depth.gif

Did you use Amazon? What kind of error did it give you?

EDIT: Daytonus'd! icon-fire.gif

Edited by Galenraff, 27 January 2012 - 12:33 PM.

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#20 ▲ndrusi

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Posted 27 January 2012 - 12:43 PM

QUOTE(Daytonus @ Jan 27 2012, 12:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
QUOTE(▲ndrusi @ Jan 27 2012, 12:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Apparently my transaction failed. icon-depth.gif

Well, I received it. What did it say?

Edit: well, it looks like I received the failed transmission. Have any info?

It just said my transaction failed. No potentially useful information of any kind.

Edit: Tried again and it worked. Must have been a transient glitch.

Edited by ▲ndrusi, 27 January 2012 - 12:46 PM.


QUOTE(orionpax44 @ Jun 24 2012, 01:03 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Childrens toys? whaa the boxes seriously say ages 5+ I consider myself the plus.
QUOTE(mx-01 archon @ Sep 9 2012, 01:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You're talking to ▲ndrusi. Assume everything that he posts is snark.



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