Like most people, I've had good patches and rough ones; I've been up and I've been down; I've had nice things and seen them snatched away by the vicissitudes of the universe. But there is one thing for which I'm unreservedly, unendingly grateful. And though I'm away from home and so don't have access to some of the pictures I'd like to add to this, I'll add them later and give you the news now.
A while back, I wrote a book review that struck a chord with some people. Some of you guys wanted T-shirts, and vito_excalibur stepped up to the plate with a beautiful design. angevin2 had mentioned an appropriate charity in the discussion following my post, and so the T-shirt charity drive was born. WAS IT EVER.
I've been remiss in part of my duty: I haven't publically updated everyone on the status of the drive yet. I almost did, after the initial donation, but then came home to find another check from Cafe Press had arrived. And thought, "Well, hell, let's just wait till the next milestone rolls around."
And it's here.
I can't figure out how to do records transparency on Cafe Press, so here's a screencap of their record of checks disbursed to me. As you can see, and as I expected, sales tapered off a lot after the initial interest. I donated the first two months as a lump sum, then figured I'd wait until closer to the next hundred-dollar mark to donate again -- easier on everyone involved, with international fees and whatnot. I just made that donation, the second to the Helen Bamber Foundation. I rounded each of my donations up to the nearest hundred dollars, just because round numbers are more fun.
As of today, the sale of "OH JOHN RINGO NO" t-shirts has raised seven hundred dollars for the Helen Bamber Foundation. The money is going/has gone directly to help support women who've come from terrible circumstances and are working their way toward a better life. All of it has been donated in the name of the late Captain Tamara Long, USAF (1979-2003); John Ringo and his readers know why.
It's a small sum in the scheme of things, but it's seven hundred dollars that wouldn't have been raised if it weren't for you guys. I'm grateful for the opportunity to have been part of it. When I met John at Dragon*Con this year, we talked about women being forced into prostitution and about international sex trafficking -- it's a real problem that's really on the rise, not just something John pulled out of nowhere to provide Mike Harmon with a compliant harem. And thanks to John Ringo's kind endorsement and your generosity, the people helping women to recover from those horrors have a little more to fight with.
So this year, I'm thankful for John Ringo.
And for the good folks at the Helen Bamber Foundation.
And for each and every one of you.