Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Welcome February!

Well, February has come in on a high note. It started with my birthday which was a lot of fun- birthdays are a great way to start a month! Things are moving along well. Yesterday, I did another donation of over 250 stuffed animals, books and coloring books/crayons to the Dept. of Children and Families. Here is a photo from the donation. We went inside to do the photo, but you can tell how cold it was out!

Tomorrow, we're donating to two new departments- Medford PD and Haverhill PD. This will bring our total to 182 departments, which is exciting. I love it when we get to add new departments that participate in our program. Of course, it is hard to keep up with donations, but we do our best.

In really good news- our online donations through our Virtual Aid Drive soared in November and December. In early December, I emailed our database asking for their support to help us raise $1,000 in individual donations by the end of the year. When we send thank you notes to the people who have mailed stuffed animals to us, we've also started asking for their support with our virtual aid fundraising drive. I received the check yesterday from Aidmatrix- the company that runs the Virtual Aid Drive. We raised $1,200 in online donations which is a record for that amount of time. Between the two things, we've been able to increase our online support. This is a huge motivation to keep working on our online fundraising. I'm going to launch another drive next week to tie in with Valentine's Day- with a spreading the love theme.

In other news- the auction item hunt has officially started. I applied tonight for an airline ticket donation. Those are always some of the best auction items. We have a long way to go, but it feels good to get started.

Well, that's the latest for tonight. I just had some delicious leftover chocolate birthday cake and now I'm off to read some more of a mystery I started last week. Until tomorrow friends...

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