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Hi, Pamie.

For your records I just donated $50 to the book drive. It is an excellent cause!

All the best,
Helen.

Manchester, England.
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Hi Pamie

Just donated. My way of saying thank you to you and all the pamie.com and TWoP crews for brightening my days.

Your UK readers might want to consider giving something extra to the London-sponsored projects as well. This means the charity can claim extra money from the government.

cheers, Mikey
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Hi, Pamie. I just donated $25. Thanks so much for organizing this. The tsunami and its aftereffects seem to have slipped out of everyone’s attention, and this is a great reminder that the people who live in the affected areas still need our help.

Sara
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Hi Pamie.
I just donated $15 US (which I figured was about $20 canadian). I didn’t designate any specific area, just a general donation.
I’d prefer to remain anonymous, but you can say that I am Canadian. In past book drives, I decided to donate to libraries closer to home (although I did donate), but this one touches all of us.

Janet
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I chipped in. 35$. Not as much as I would like but budget is tight…

Jennifer D
Tallahassee, Florida
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Thanks for doing this. I made a $25 donation.

TC Duong
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I can’t tell you how much I look forward to the annual book drive! AND, I have to tell you that participating for the past couple of years has really made me step up my donations all around. I have so much to be thankful for, and it’s so easy to become complacent in that, and it’s not difficult at all to spread some of it around, and there are so many places where even just what I consider a TINY bit of help is so overwhelming (which makes me, in turn, want to help more than just a TINY bit, so it’s a nice cycle there). Anyway, you bonked me on the head with the Think of Those Less Fortunate stick two years ago, and I’ve been regularly donating to several local organizations, the Red Cross, public radio, Cori Stern’s Africa projects, etc., etc. Seriously, the world could use so many more people like you and Cori, who say, “Look, G, it ain’t that hard to make a difference.”

Anyway, long story short, I put $50 in the pot, with more to come in a couple of weeks. Thanks so much for making the world a little more friendly, Pamie.

Jenn
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Pamie,

Wow. What an awesome goal for this year’s book drive! It’s amazing to think that I just helped 10 kids for what I might’ve spent of something totally trivial. (I didn’t specify which village because I figured that they would know where it was needed most.)

You continue to rock!

Hannah Knudsen
Athens, GA
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Pamie –

Thanks for finding another great group of people to help. Between your book drives, Sars‘ amazing “Reading is Fundamental” thingie, and Schuyler’s Big Box of Words (rire!), I’ve become a complete sap for donating to cute kids who need stuff.

Here’s hoping that my tiny drop in the bucket will be completely drowned by an outpouring of support, as always.

$10 Canadian

– Soma

(now one of “Pamela Ribon’s friends”, apparently – hee! Don’t you feel popular?)
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I donated for the first of what I hope will be many, many times over this drive. It isn’t much, but at least one student will get the books he or she needs for a year. I’m going to tell my friends all about it too, and ask them to donate. It’s the price of lunch, of breakfast, of two beers at the bar. I can certainly sacrifice those in order to help a child affected by the tsunami gain back a much-needed sense of safety and rightness in the world

Thank you for being so giving, Pamie, and spurring the rest of us to act with our hearts for a change.

xoxo
Coleen D.
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I’m not the badass you are, but I can send 10 kids to school. Thanks for helping me make my day a little brighter!

Rob
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Hi Pamie.

I’ve been reading your site for awhile, alternately moved to laughter and tears by your entries, and one of the things I have most respected about you is your love for and appreciation of books, and their importance in our lives – especially the lives of children. I’m a librarian, so you can guess where I stand on that issue myself! I think your book drives are a fabulous idea, and while I haven’t been able for one reason or another to participate in the past, I just sent a donation to Asha for Education. It is overwhelming for me to think that we can make such a difference in children’s lives with what is really a very small amount of money. Thank you for doing this, and for the good work you have done in the past. It gives me hope for the future that people such as yourself and your readers are out there, making little corners of the world a brighter place, one at a time.

Cheers,
Alison
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Dear Pamie,

Just wanted to let you know that I have donated to your drive. Good choice this year!

Anonymous
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Hi –

I read your blog periodically. I don’t donate as often as I should, so I’m glad to be able to help out this time. I gave $20.

Thanks!

Carolyn W
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[Carolyn was also the very first donor to this drive. Thanks, Carolyn! — pamie]

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Just donated. I wish I could have given more, but the realization that what I consider a very small donation will fund 2+ children…well, that’s an eye-opener in and of itself. Thanks for organizing this–you rock!

Liz M
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Hi Pamie-
I just sent in a donation of $25 … I really like the way you broke it down. If we think about the magnitude of the problem it can be paralyzing. But thinking in terms of helping one kid at a itme is helpful. It made a great start to my day to think about 5 kids being well equipped for school this year.

Thanks for setting this up. These book drives are inspirational.

-Jennie
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This is great! I just gave $10.00 — sorry it’s not more but my fiance and I are facing some big medical expenses. Still, we are so fortunate and I’m glad I can share with these kids!

Cara
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Dear Pamie,

It is such a relief to see that though the news coverage has dwindled, someone hasn’t forgotten the devastation of the tsunami and the needs of the thousands of people affected by it. To think that earlier this week I was complaining that I don’t make enough to afford a TIVO. Poor neglected me, how WILL I find the strength to go on? Gah. I donated $50 USD to the drive; that’s almost 11 complete children! I’m so proud of you and the other readers of Pamie.com. Knowing that such empathetic people exist restores my faith in humanity.

Best,
Julie Chase
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“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Damn straight, Gandhi.

What you do, and the change in the world you and your readers are able to effect, is an incredibly noble, open-hearted, kick-ass-cool thing. I’m honored to be a part of it.

Elizabeth Horn
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Hi Pamie. Just wanted to let you know that I made a donation of $30 this morning. I am hoping to donate more with my upcoming paycheck, but hopefully this will help for now.

This is such a worthy cause. Thank you for all you do!

Christi Wynn
Canyon, Texas
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Hi, Pamie,

I’m Katherine McKee, and I’m affiliated with http://the-op.com/ – it’s not my personal website, but I moderate the boards there (it’s an Arrested Development fan site). I did not specify any particular village or school district for my donation. ($30)

I’ve been reading your blog for quite a while, and I remember you from back when you were writing in the paper in Austin, since that’s where I live. So, hi!

You and Stee are pretty cool yourselves. And I’m delighted you’re doing this charity thing. My usual causes for poverty-stricken regions are Doctors Without Borders and Heifer Project International, but this one is really interesting, and I like the specificity of it. Go, Pamie!

Best regards,
Katherine
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Hi Pam!

Great idea for this year! I just donated $50.00.

Anyway – according to the status page you’re almost halfway to the initial goal already! Huzzah!

Keep on keeping on! And thanks for bringing such a worthy charity to my attention!

Later!

Allie
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1) It amazes me that so little can do so much.
2) It makes me wish I could afford to donate a heck of a lot more!!

Jennifer B ($20)
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Hey Pamie,

Thanks for organizing this! I sponsored 4 kids with $20, now I wish I had thrown in that extra couple bucks to cover a fifth…

Best wishes,
Beverly Ingram
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Dear Pam,

I just donated $25 to Asha!

Best wishes,

Larry
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Hi Pamie!
Here is your notification–I just donated $50 for school supplies for about 10 kids.
Thanks!
-Melanie Malecek
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Another great book drive idea, Pamie! Thanks for providing the opportunity for us to donate and doing all the necessary research.

Julie C ($100)
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Hey,

Thanks for arranging another book drive. I gave $100 to help out the kids. Selfishly, it was a lot more fun to pick out books from the Amazon wish lists, but I certainly recognize the value of the new project and that my entertainment isn’t really the point.

Julianne
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Dear Pamie,

This is a beautiful idea.

I haven’t got a whole lot of disposable money right now, so: donation: ten dollars.

Lauren
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Hi Pamie,
I donated $10. Anything to help!
Arianne
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Hi Pamie,

I’m so glad that I finally have disposable income during one of your book drives, and I can’t think of a better cause. I could only afford $20, which I was kind of bummed about until I realized that’s 4 kids going back to school.

Keep up the good work!

Alexis
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Hi pamie-

I am happy to say that my friend and I have each donated, and together we have sponsored 8.6 children. I’m not sure whether to round up or down.

Thanks for making it easy for us to help others.

Best,
Winddance and Darth Onion
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Damn, girl! You are a force for good in this world!

I have read about Asha before and am glad to send them the $20 I would have used to take a taxi home from work on Sunday night. I can take the El instead.

You are an inspiration, Pamie, and one of the catalysts for my turning my last book-signing party into a fundraiser. We called it the “Turn Sex Into Knowledge” party (I write romance novels-they’re a bit, mm, racy, shall we say?) and everyone who brought a children’s book to donate to the Henry Nash Elementary School library on Chicago’s west side got a signed copy of my novel for free (thank you, Harlequin Books, for donating copies of my book.) We brought a hundred books or so to the library, and the librarian tells me that people are still ordering and shipping books off the wish list we linked to from my website.

You were the first one I knew of to promote library wishlists so effectively. I am sure your hook-up with Asha will benefit these new kids in an even more impressive way.

Thanks for caring,
Amy Jo Cousins
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Hi, Pamie!

I just donated $50, now I’m off to send others to the Book Drive, too.

What a fantastic annual event you’ve created!

– JeniMull
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I just sent $100 to Asha for Education.

Thanks for organizing this. It’s fun to see your money go to improving the lives of real people in such a direct way.

– Vicki
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