Here is what it's all about in a nutshell:
1. This raffle is for a brand new iPad.
2. Last day to donate is November 30, 2010.
3. The iPad winner will be randomly selected on December 1, 2010.
4. All donations go directly to Reece's Rainbow and are tax deductible.
5. To donate, just click on 1 of the 3 "Chip In's" on this blog and donate $5 or more.
6. Let me know which "Chip In" account you donated to and how much so I can enter you into the iPad raffle the correct number of times. (You can leave a comment on this blog or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org)
$5 = 1 entry
$20 = 5 entries
$50 = 16 entries
$100 = 35 entries
$150 = 55 entries
You will also get 1 entry in a raffle for a $10 Cold Stone Creamery gift card for every $50 you donate. This is in addition to the iPad raffle entries. Free ice cream....yum!
I want to take a post to explain what this fundraiser is all about. We wanted to donate some money to the orphans. We know Reece's Rainbow is a wonderful charity and my husband even created & donated their website a year or so ago. There was no question where we would donate the money. We knew we wanted to donate to help the children on Reece's Rainbow. However, we decided instead of donating the money, we would use that money to purchase a brand new iPad and raffle it off in hopes that it would bring in even more money for the orphans then what we originally had to donate.
Why an iPad? Well, besides the fact that everyone loves new shiny electronic gadgets, and besides the fact that iPads are really cool. The main reason is that I've witnessed one iPad raffle bring in $2,000 in one month and one miraculous iPad raffle bring in over $20,000 in only a few days! All for orphans! This is why we decided to do this raffle for an iPad.
James 1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."
We decided to focus on raising funds for the "older" orphans. These children are usually between the ages of 6-10 years old. It is harder to find families for older children, and especially older children with special needs. In a lot of other countries, orphaned children with special needs are sent off to adult mental institutions at the ripe old age of 3 or 4 years old. Some are lucky enough to stay in the baby orphanages until they are 5 or 6 but then get transferred to the mental institutions. These precious little ones have only a 20% chance to survive their first year at the mental institutions. Many are tied to cribs and remain bedridden for the rest of their short lives. Others are left to fend for themselves along with other special needs children of varying ages, special needs adults, and mentally ill adults.
I don't have the gall to ask God why He allows things like this to happen, for fear He would ask me the same thing.
Together, we can make a difference. These precious children can be saved. They need a family of their own to grow up in. Every cent donated brings a family one step closer to bringing their child home. Every donation helps! The last day to donate is November 30. Please donate today!
Please join with me and spread the word about this fundraiser. If the goal of $500 in each Chip In account is going to be reach, I need YOUR help! If you post about this fundraiser with a link to this blog on your blog, facebook, twitter, and/or myspace, or if you send out a group email to all your friends (and include me on the email list) I will enter you in the Cold Stone Creamery raffle as well. Who wouldn't like some free ice cream? Just put up a post about the fundraiser with a link to this blog, then send me an email at email@example.com with a link to your post and you will be entered to win some free ice cream. Yum! Be sure to put in the title of your email something about this blog so I know it's not spam. Thanks!
And remember, you can be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card if you become a follower of this blog before December 1st. All you gotta do is click the "Follow" button on the sidebar and put in your email address. It will not show your email address to anyone. It is just needed for you to follow the blog. They do not use it to send you spam mail or anything like that.
And last but certainly not least, prayer is needed! Pray for this fundraiser and for God to raise up families to step forward and adopt these precious children with special needs! God bless you for caring!