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Remember this post? Well, I was wrong. We didn't collect two tons of food.

We collected two and a half tons. A total of 5373 lbs of food, more than twice what we collected last year, and by just under 200 employees. The Northwest Harvest driver had to call for backup - apparently they've "never picked up so much food from an office building, ever."

Today, geek bravado and macho one-upmanship RULE.
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I wimped out on the Yule party at [livejournal.com profile] tylik and [livejournal.com profile] craigp's place last night, due mostly to tiredness and (perhaps caused by) impending sinus woe. Last night was also my final opportunity to get anything together for the company food drive for Northwest Harvest, so I spent my evening cleaning out the pantry instead of curling up with a fluffy dog and a good book.

It was a good thing, too - I came across a heretofore undiscovered cache of mouse-chewed dry goods, hidden by a stack of soup cans. Much swearing occurred as I wiped up the detritus of rice grains, powdered soup mix, and spilled pasta. Alas, the WaMu pasta [livejournal.com profile] datavore received from [livejournal.com profile] vixyish was a casualty in the [livejournal.com profile] nerdvana War On Rodents - both bags were completely empty. A moment of silence, please...

So, yeah. Food drive. Our office does a Development-vs-Operations competition for the food drive every year, and in recent years it's really escalated. Last year's haul was over a ton - 2241 pounds, to be exact. This year, we lined both sides of the hallway with 3ft stacks of bags, boxes, and canned goods. I wouldn't be surprised if we edged closer to 2 tons (and accelerated metal fatigue in the support structure of the floor in the process).

I have somewhat mixed feelings on the subject of charitable donations. Cash is certainly more efficient - charities get special deals, can buy in bulk, and generally get $.40 more out of every dollar than Joe Consumer could for the same products. But if you donate a can of beans, chances are someone can't embezzle it to buy Elvis memorabilia. You also have something concrete, an object to hand over, and to some people that "feels" more like giving.

In other news, I'm wearing my chanukwanzayulemas gift from [livejournal.com profile] walbourn, the Best. T-shirt. Evar. And either I've gotten more efficient or the holiday slowdown finally appears to be hitting the office; I've spent more time webslacking today than in the last two weeks combined.

What're you doing? ENTERTAIN ME.
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For the last couple of years I've been donating to the Pamie.com book drive. And this year is no exception.

However, this year, Pamie's decided to combine both the book drive theme with tsunami relief, and has partnered with Asha for Education to sponsor the Kancheepuram district of Tamil Nadu, India. While they have received enough foreign aid to provide the basic necessities, there isn't enough money in the budget to provide educational materials in 14 villages in this region.

A donation of 200 rupees ($4.61 US, $5.76 CDN) provides books, school supplies, and uniforms for one student for an entire school year. I've donated $50, and we've raised somewhere in the neighborhood of $6200 so far, but we're only about halfway to the goal of $11,064.

So, there you go. My good deed of the week. You should help too. All the cool kids are. It'll make you feel good. Like Oxycontin. Er... Okay, maybe not.
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A party update is coming eventually, but until then, a public service announcement for all of my fellow bookworms:

San Diego County, which lost 2400 homes to wildfires last year, is facing a $205k library budget cut this year. Pamie has started another book drive, much like she did for Oakland last year. If you're interested in helping, go read this entry.

If you don't want to donate to San Diego, there are many other libraries in need, and more than 2000 of them have Amazon wishlists.
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I don't think I posted about Pamela Ribon and her grass-roots book drive for the Oakland Public Library. I donated a couple of books a while ago, and always meant to donate more. I finally got around to sending more books from their various Amazon wishlists, plus a book by the lovely [livejournal.com profile] misia.

Then I got curious, and started looking for the wishlists of other libraries in need. I found one that was local, and another near where I graduated high school. And then I discovered that my grandparents' library had one, too. Some of my earliest memories are of summers spent in the children's section of that library. It feels good to give back a little.

And you should go buy Pam's new book.

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