pamie.com Cool Kids, Take Three

Long day. Very long day. I hate being one of those people who can’t say what I’m doing, but for now I can say I’m working on a project that’s making for some very long hours. Ten hour days right now, with the knowledge that it’ll go to twelve to fourteen hour days soon ahead. It’s midnight, and I’m just now sitting down to update the donor list. It is only because I’m so proud of your support that I’m able to sit in front of my computer and type some more. Thank you for being an inspiration.

Here we go!

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I donated to your book drive. I didn’t buy cute shoes.

$50.

Love you,
AB
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I donated $20 to the book drive – I’ve been hearing about your annual donation work for years now, and this is the first time I’ve been able to help out. Thanks for continuing this and keep up the great work!

Amanda
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[Our first second-time donor! – p.]

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Obviously, I should have just donated twice as much the first time…if I can spare it now…

But it’s so inspiring to see what people can do in 48 hours; here’s another $20 to the total. Maybe this is a new organization you (or someone with time on their hands?) should start up? A website where you can go every once in a while (or daily if you like!) and find a way to make your non-multi-million-dollar donation feel like it’s having an immediate and direct impact.

It’s something about knowing that the money will be purchasing a pen and a notebook, a pair of socks and a shirt, that makes it so meaningful, and so easy,

Amy Jo Cousins
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Pamie-

I donated $15 to the drive. I wish I could give more but my broke ass just graduated and I am staring down unemployment. But your drive reminded me of all that I have to be thankful for and knowing my donation will help even three children receive an education is truly beuatiful. Thank you for this, the world is a better place because of you.

Kari
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[I’m so proud of Kari, finding a way to help when she’s next to broke. If there’s anything the pamie.com book drive has proved over the years, donating brings with it some serious karma. We’ve had people find love, get jobs, find homes and score A’s on finals just after donating. Helping others helps you! — p]

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Pamie –

Thanks for giving us a way to help people we’d otherwise not hear much about. I donated $10.

s.l.
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10 USD = 15 AUSD = 1 Cocktail

Who can say no to that?

Thanks for making it so easy to donate, for making everyone who did donate feel so good, and for making the effort to do this sort of thing again and again.

You’re awesome :)
Cass
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Pamie,
I just donated $25. What a wonderful thing to do.
:)
Amanda Forster
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Hi, Pamie–

I donated $50, because school supplies are cool. Kids are cool, too, as are you.

Kristen
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I sent $250 on Saturday but I would like it be anonymous. Thanks.
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Hi Pam,

I have returned to the Web after a vacation last week, to discover that I apparently missed a flurry of activity on your site. So I’m a little behind the pack, but I’ve sent my donation along, enough to sponsor somewhere between seven and eight children.

How awesome that your goal was blown away so quickly.

Take care,

Jenny
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Hi Pamie,

I donated $25.00, and plan to give more!

–jen
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Pam,
I just sent a general $30 donation. Thank you for making it so satisfying and easy to do such a good thing!
Ryan B
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Pamie,

I still haven’t gotten email confirmation (I donated on Thursday), but my donation of $50 has been charged to my credit card. I love the idea of internationalizing the book drive. Keep up the good work!

“Cool Kid” three years running,
Loree
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I donated $25. It’s uplifting to see what people like you and all your readers are able to accomplish.

Nicole
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Hi Pamie-

I was able to donate $25 for school supplies. Thanks for making it so easy to help out in an area that I didn’t even realize needed it.

Go school!

Jennifer
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[Four out of five Jennifers donate to pamie.com’s book drives! — p]

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Hi,

I donated $116.00 on Friday. I am sponsoring 25 children in Keelarkolai Colony, if possible. This is the first of your book drives I’ve been involved in, this is such a great cause Pam!
Nicole
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Hi Pam,

Just donated $50. You rock so hard for doing these drives. Thanks for being on this planet, because it’s a better place thanks to you. Funnier, too.

Jen
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Hey Pamie!

I donated $15 yesterday. This is a great cause, thank you so much for supporting it!

-Lisa
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Hi Pamie, happy to help. Just sent $25.

Lisa
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[Isn’t it crazy that when one Jen donates, another Jen donates, and when one Lisa sends something, the next email’s from another Lisa? This can’t be purely coincidental, can it? How many Jens are there? How many Lisas? So many! – p.]

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Pamie,

This is such a great idea. I just happily donated $100 (almost 22 kids!).

And remember way back when you posted a letter from your friend Cori about Ousman and his family in Gambia? I got in touch with Cori and am now sponsoring one of Ousman’s younger brothers, Cherno, so he can go to school in their village. I received my first email from him last week!

The good you have done in this world is just mind-boggling. You, as always, rock!

D.
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Hi, Pamie,

I donated $10 to the book drive this year. I’m embarrassed that it’s not more, but I’d be more embarrassed not to donate at all. Thanks as always for organizing.

Lindsay
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[Ten bucks is more than two students! Two kids have all they need to go back to school with pride. That’s a huge difference. Thank you! – p.]

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Hi Pam,

Just sent $30 so more kids can have the tools they need to get an education. When I look at the amount of money I spend on books, crayons, paper and other learning aids for my two-year-old daughter, $30 for kids to be able to go to school is nothing.

shannon :)
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hey pamie,

i just donated a small amount to Asha for Education. this is my first time donating to your book drive.

i was excited to do this partly because i am an educator in minnesota, and partly because i have never done this before. actually, i had a little conversation with myself about donating this morning…first i thought, “what about raising money for kids around HERE? what about my school district? what about my state?” and then i realized, “wait…i’ve done that already.” (oh yeah, that’s why i got that grant from US Bank to create a rewarding reading program for my school, that’s why i attended that event to raise money for the arts programs in my district…) sure, our schools RIGHT HERE still need our help, and plenty of it, but that’s no reason NOT to donate to kids in another area of the world…especially since giving so little can get so much for them.

thanks for helping me change my mind and my heart, pamie…and thanks for always finding ways to put books in the hands of children. you rock on many levels.

-steph
(the one who always comments on HaloScan)
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Dear Pamie,

In my lifelong pursuit to be a cool kid, I have donated $25 to your very worthy cause.

Davida
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Pam – I sent $20 today. All the best! – Anna
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[Anybody named Taylor is a friend of mine.– p.]

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Hi Pam,

I’ve been wanting to help with the tsunami relief for awhile now, but I wasn’t sure about which charity would make the best use of my money. But this is an awesome idea – once again, you rock! As a recent college grad from a ridiculously priced school, I figured the LEAST I could do was send $25 to help educate 5 kids! Keep up the great work – you inspire me to make a difference.

~Taylor
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Oh, I’m tired. One in the morning. Can’t even finish Oprah. Work in just a few hours. I love you guys, and I mean that in every way, but mostly right now I mean that in the tired way when I’m leaning on the table and my wine glass is empty and my teeth feel funny and I miss my bed (and when you get married, may I highly recommend you register for fancy sheets, because they are worth every damn thread in that count, oh, man), and it’s like, we’re in love, because right now, you’re the only thing that makes sense in this crazy world.

Thanks for breaking the $4600 mark today. We’re averaging over a thousand dollars a day. I don’t even know how to thank you, other than to say you’re making an incredible difference in a small corner of the world.

Kumbaya, people. Kumbaya.

Who’s punchy? I am! who needs sleep, what-WHAT? Holla!