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Msg: 858420
Subject: Re: Fundraising efforts
Author: Goofy girlProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 15, 2014 8:29 PM
Reply to: Msg 858418 by Green Tortuga
I'm taking a break from aq and possibly facebook for the rest of the week maybe the month. If you feel the need to contact me do it some other way than atlas quest.

Msg: 858424
LuLaHe Subject: Re: Fundraising efforts
Author: LuLaHeProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 15, 2014 9:05 PM
Reply to: Msg 858420 by Goofy girl
I may be on your heels.
Msg: 858890
Subject: Re: Custom stamp to benefit Goofy Girl's house
Author: Angel and DemonProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 18, 2014 9:18 AM
Reply to: Msg 858135 by BBStacker
Only a couple of hours left! BBStacker is the current high bidder at $20.
Msg: 858901
Subject: Re: Custom stamp to benefit Goofy Girl's house
Author: Angel and DemonProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 18, 2014 11:35 AM
Reply to: Msg 858890 by Angel and Demon
Congrats, BBStacker!
Msg: 858926
BBStacker Subject: Re: Custom stamp to benefit Goofy Girl's house
Author: BBStackerProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 18, 2014 2:12 PM
P-167F-2618M-2122Profile updatedPremium
Reply to: Msg 858901 by Angel and Demon
I upgraded my own pledge 25%. Amount has already been donated. I really really don't have a stamp to have carved nor do I plan to design one so may I suggest you accept my donation and carve that teeny tiny siggy for S and D? If she still wants you to do it, that is.
Msg: 859265
Subject: We have hit $600!!!
Author: Goofy girlProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 20, 2014 3:20 PM
Thank you little monkey for taking us to $600!

Msg: 859343
Littlemonkey Subject: Re: We have hit $600!!!
Author: LittlemonkeyProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 21, 2014 2:54 AM
Reply to: Msg 859265 by Goofy girl
You are most welcome!
Msg: 859348
BBStacker Subject: Let's go for $700 this week
Author: BBStackerProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 21, 2014 5:11 AM
P-167F-2618M-2122Profile updatedPremium
During this week let's skip a couple of Starbucks or even a restaurant meal or a lunch with the coworkers and donate that money instead to help build this house. It only takes 7 people to donate $15 to get this goal. Or even easier, 20 people to donate $5 (the cost of only one Starbucks).
Msg: 859392
G Wilikers Subject: LB event as a local fundraiser
Author: G WilikersProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 21, 2014 2:18 PM
Hello fellow boxers. I work at the Humane Society of Eastern Carolina. At our shelter we pull 70% of our animals from high-kill facilities to give them a second chance and find them homes! 30% of our animals are owner surrenders for multiple reasons... some legit, some not so much:(

I am looking at doing a local fundraising event and thought I could do a letterboxing event! Our community hasn't caught onto the world of letterboxing so I could get a lot of muggles interested in lb, provide some great stamps for those boxers that live nearby and raise some money for our shelter.

Has anyone run an event like this that could give me any pointers? I was thinking the clues could be given to those that pay a small event fee. Again, this might be more muggle heavy, but we were ALL once a muggle before we discovered the fun of boxing. In fact, I'm still a huge rookie!

Any advice would be GREAT! Thanks!
Msg: 859405
Subject: Re: LB event as a local fundraiser
Author: speedsquareProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 21, 2014 4:57 PM
Reply to: Msg 859392 by G Wilikers
As someone who donates regularly to our local, no-kill animal shelter, I would be inclined to help. I realize dollars are most desirable, but you might get more cooperation if you just had a box hidden and suggested donations. I donated blankets, recycled carpet squares, garden hoses and watering wands, and tons of empty prescription bottles, to name a few items.

If you have a website, make sure you list your ongoing needs for all types of donations and link that to your clue text. Some will gladly give you cash donations, but please don't restrict access to the letterbox for those who do not. A letterbox could be a great way to find friend-raisers. Maybe you'll see donations later once visitors see the good work you are doing. If visitors feel pressured to pay for clues, you will probably not get the desired result.

Good luck!
Msg: 859410
G Wilikers Subject: Re: LB event as a local fundraiser
Author: G WilikersProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 21, 2014 5:34 PM
Reply to: Msg 859405 by speedsquare
I like the suggestions! Of course money is what keeps us open, but I am all about education, volunteers and spreading word of what we do, too! The animals love treats as well:) Maybe I can finish off the event at an open house at the shelter and the last box is hidden within!

Keep the ideas coming. I LOVE IT!

P.S. To see what we do, visit or to follow us on facebook. THANKS!
Msg: 859413
Peachfaced Subject: Re: LB event as a local fundraiser
Author: PeachfacedProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 21, 2014 6:21 PM
Reply to: Msg 859410 by G Wilikers
May I also suggest some carves based on some of the photographed rescues? Maybe put happy stories of them making a good recovery/beating the odds and finding a wonderful home thanks to average folks.

I'd be happy to contribute a portrait stamp for the cause. I don't have money but we've donated blankets, beds, stainless steel bowls, treats, etc. in the past. It's great when you find smaller rescues that treat their animals very well and make sure the homes they go to are a perfect fit.
Msg: 859435
Subject: Re: LB event as a local fundraiser
Author: PeaceLovePiano and MomProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 21, 2014 9:21 PM
Reply to: Msg 859413 by Peachfaced
maybe accepting unopened food as donations? Our local shelter is always accepting food to help feed the wonderful rescues.
Msg: 859454
G Wilikers Subject: Re: LB event as a local fundraiser
Author: G WilikersProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 22, 2014 5:49 AM
Reply to: Msg 859435 by PeaceLovePiano and Mom
Due to a contract we have with Hill's Science Diet that gives us our food for free as long as we pay shipping (which gets pricey... ouch!), we cannot use any other food for our animals. It's actually the best for them and their bellies too so they aren't always switching brands. We are very lucky to be a part of that program:) Thanks for the suggestion.
Msg: 859459
theseekers1108 Subject: Re: LB event as a local fundraiser
Author: theseekers1108ProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 22, 2014 6:09 AM
Reply to: Msg 859392 by G Wilikers
I think a combination SHELTER fundraiser / Letterboxing event is a good idea.

I wouldn't necessarily make people PAY for clues .... or charge a COVER CHARGE per say .....
but there are other ways to make money for the rescue ..... combining it with letterboxing fun.
Perhaps you could ask people to carve FURRY FRIEND stamps ..... or send leftover stamps from Postals, LTC's, whatever ...... .. put letterboxes together and raffle them off, for people to take home to plant. Put them in gift bags labeled "Basset Hound Dog", "German Shepherd Dog", "White Angora cat", "PLUTO" "GARFIEND" , etc .
They could each include a Letterboxing tutorial ...... in case a MUGGLE ends up with it. It would be a nice way to introduce people to letterboxing and raise money at the same time, without being PUSHY about EITHER.

You could have a few table top boxes too, with clever dog or cat containers.

Dina B. Seeker
Msg: 861213
Subject: Re: Let's go for $700 this week
Author: Goofy girlProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 31, 2014 6:37 PM
Reply to: Msg 859348 by BBStacker
We made it to $650 by the end of the month that is pretty darn great!!!!

Thank you all. We pour concrete for the pier and beam foundation tomorrow.

Gg :)
Msg: 862074
Subject: We have started work!
Author: Goofy girlProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Aug 5, 2014 9:18 AM
We have 15 concrete piers in the ground. Hubby leaves for work this evening so when he comes back we will start the work on the beams for the house and putting the ground floor insulation in so the wood floor wont be so cold in the morning.

We will continue to keep the fundraiser open. We are expecting the first balance to be deposited next Monday.

Thank you a all for your help!

Goofy girl
Msg: 862857
Subject: I told my mil omg!!!
Author: Goofy girlProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Aug 7, 2014 7:32 PM
Jerry worked some overtime today and said he would be working some more the next few days.

Yay!!! Extra for the house but not until the 27th and I said he is worried he wont have any for this time but he shouldn't worry he knows friends are sending some money. She looked at me and said those are some friends, I said they are some of our Letterboxing friends they wanted to help out and can't come in person so they chipped in and are sending us some money. I did not disclose the amount and I wont its none of their business.

I'm sure she will tell the evil one but believe me he is getting a bit of karma biting him in the a** right now. Cant find a buyer for their old house so they're going to live in his mil's backyard in a camping trailer(sound familiar to any of you who have kept up with our story).
Msg: 862859
oceanwinds Subject: Re: I told my mil omg!!!
Author: oceanwindsProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Aug 7, 2014 7:38 PM
Reply to: Msg 862857 by Goofy girl
(sound familiar to any of you who have kept up with our story).

little bit....
seen a few of the pictures on FB of Jerry and the kids working on the house (guess you are taking the pictures). kids have grown so much since I seen them way back when.
Msg: 862862
Subject: Re: I told my mil omg!!!
Author: Goofy girlProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Aug 7, 2014 7:43 PM
Reply to: Msg 862859 by oceanwinds
Yes OW I try to stay out of them as much as possible.
Oldest will be 13, middle will be 12 and youngest will be 5 come October.

Much growing has gone on since the last time we were in NC, let alone the first time we came to NC
Msg: 862895
Subject: Re: I told my mil omg!!!
Author: Goofy girlProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Aug 8, 2014 6:24 AM
Reply to: Msg 862857 by Goofy girl
He has always been bitter toward his two older brothers
Always wished bad things on us and when they happened was happy about it.

Now that hubby's twin bought a nice mobile home a couple of years ago and is doing quite nicely, and we got the lot here from their parents and are building a house, things aren't going so well for them. Hmm wonder why?

Msg: 862974
crosscresent Subject: Re: I told my mil omg!!!
Author: crosscresentProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Aug 8, 2014 2:44 PM
Reply to: Msg 862857 by Goofy girl
stay sweet, goofy girl :-)
Msg: 868378
Turtlegirl 19 Subject: Running for a Good Cause
Author: Turtlegirl 19ProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 12, 2014 7:33 AM
Good Morning Everyone! I am starting early this year in both my training and fundraising. I am part of the Santa Barbara Team in Training Chapter and fundraising for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and training for the Tinkerbell Half Marathon next May. September is blood cancer awareness month so I wanted to put something out there if anyone would like to make a tax deductible donation to the cause :) Help save lives today! Thank you :)
Msg: 868457
Subject: Re: Running for a Good Cause
Author: PeaceLovePiano and MomProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Sep 12, 2014 6:01 PM
Reply to: Msg 868378 by Turtlegirl 19
good luck with everything!!!
Msg: 872572
Team Mac Subject: Going Orange to cure MS
Author: Team MacProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Oct 15, 2014 11:35 AM
Atlas Quest: International Letterboxing
My family and I started a fund raiser Sept 25th for a month. We are trying to raise $1000.00 dollars for MS and in turn we will all dye our hair "orange". It took me about a year to convince my husband to join in the fun.

Well here we are 10 days till the end and we have only raised half of our goal. :( I really want to see him dye his hair! (secretly I think he wants to dye it too.)

So by chance if anyone would like to contribute I sure would appreciate it.

Follow the link to my story.

Box On!
Team Mac
Msg: 872582
Subject: Re: Going Orange to cure MS
Author: RyemelProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Oct 15, 2014 1:33 PM
Reply to: Msg 872572 by Team Mac
Donated!!! I hope you reach your goals! I totally get it. Every year from May 15-June 15 I (temporarily) put teal in my hair raise awareness for Tourette's syndrome awareness month. My son has it, and there is also no cure.

Good Luck!!!

Msg: 872592
Team Mac Subject: Re: Going Orange to cure MS
Author: Team MacProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Oct 15, 2014 3:51 PM
Reply to: Msg 872582 by Ryemel
Thank you Ryemel and all those who have donated for our goal and cause. If we make our goal, I am happy to post pics of our orange family. As for me, I love orange so maybe I'll just do it anyways!
Msg: 905850
Sharkboy and Lavagirl Subject: Find Austin and Perry!
Author: Sharkboy and LavagirlProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 29, 2015 6:40 PM
Hey everyone! I'm guessing a lot of you may have heard news reports about the two 14 year old boys from Jupiter, Florida who were lost at sea on Friday. There is a public Facebook group called "Find Austin and Perry" that I would like to ask you all to join, especially if you are on the east coast from Florida to Virginia. The family has been asking people to do everything from walking the beaches to look for signs of the boys or wreckage to asking boaters and general aviation pilots to search the waters. The search area is HUGE! Time is running very short at this point. Anybody could be the one to find these boys if they are still clinging to life. The Yeti cooler they had also had sodas in it AND it could be used to gather rain water which could help keep them alive. The boys are purported to be modern day Macgyver's too! It is possible that that could be catching fish and eating them raw to keep alive. One of the members of the Facebook group posted a story about boys who were rescued after 6 days who ate jellyfish raw to keep alive! This really hits home for me as Jupiter is the community I live near and Sharkboy is just one year younger than these boys. Joint the group and spread the word! Even if you don't have the means to look for the boys, somebody in your Facebook network might.
Msg: 931966
MissMoon Subject: Lockwench and Tucker
Author: MissMoonProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 27, 2016 8:50 AM
My good friend and fellow letterboxer since 2005 has had a lot of really bad luck in the past year due to an accident, being unable to work for a long period, and mounting medical bills. She has not been able to afford to keep her dog Tucker, who she misses very much. He is being cared for by a local dog owner and friend but she very much wants him back home with her.

Cyndi has asked me to post this link for the gofundme page set up by another friend of hers.

She is of course grateful for any and all good thoughts coming her way. And Tucker says "ruh, ruh!"

Msg: 962311
Amanda from Seattle Subject: Washington Trails Association Hike-a-thon
Author: Amanda from SeattleProfileContactLogbookNote
Date: Jul 10, 2018 10:25 AM
So that part of our lives did not change. As a change of pace, I did do a different sort of "giving back" by volunteering to tutor kids in reading at my local elementary school. And that was fun for me because I love reading.

Back in the Saddle Again: Hike-a-thon 2018
Well, I took last year off from Hike-a-thon and I have to say that I did miss it. Even though I did not raise money for the WTA Hike-a-thon in 2017, Ryan and I still did a lot of hiking and letterboxing. But I really did miss doing my part for Washington Trails. So I am back again this year to remind you that we do still need help in protecting our Parks and Trails in Washington State and making sure that they will still be here for the next generation. From now until the end of August, I will be raising money for the Washington Trails Association and I plan to spend August hiking all over the USA!

Visit my fund-raising page and make a donation. And if you have any suggestions on where I should hike this August, please let me know!!

-Amanda from Seattle
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