Each week I’ll be donating $50 to the charity of a blogger’s choice as part of the “Read, Write, Give” drive. You can also see previous charities and bloggers featured and check out the Pinterest board.
This week, Amanda from Living, Learning, and Loving Life is supporting the Red Cross.
I’ve often said that book bloggers are the “Fairy Godmothers and Godfathers” of the literary world – and I really believe it. Therefore, I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to interview some of these wonderful bloggers and shed a little light on why they undertake this epic labors of love!
This week’s post takes a slightly different format. Instead of an interview, I’ve invited book blogger Amanda Chambers from Living, Learning, and Loving Life to share details of her upcoming Hurricane Relief Review-A-Thon, raising money to support the fantastic work of the American Red Cross.
Hurricane Relief Review-A-Thon
by Amanda Chambers
I want to thank Terri for the opportunity to spread the word about this opportunity!
Then Sandy hit and I wanted to do something but I had no idea what. I just sat around feeling hopeless for a day or so until an author friend living in New York posted that her entire neighborhood was devastated. The photos were bad enough, but actually knowing someone who had lost her home gave me the kick I needed.
So I thought about all those walk-a-thons we did as kids. And jump-a-thons where we jumped rope for hours. Or bike-a-thons? Those were cool. Riding our bikes all day with our parents encouraging us instead of telling us to do stuff like clean our rooms. Well this is the reader’s version. No physical activity involved.
Typically a review-a-thon will have challenges and possibly prizes for those participating. I’m putting my own spin on it. The only challenges are to post as many reviews as you can, either on your blog, on Amazon, or on Goodreads, and spread the word.
There will be a giveaway. Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dave have graciously donated a $20 Amazon gift card for the winner.
I will not be collecting donations. I will provide links for direct donations to the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army, two organizations providing assistance to hurricane victims in the U.S. The Caribbean was also hit hard and I am trying to get the names of a couple organizations on the ground there. I ask that all bloggers who choose to participate also provide direct links. Donors will be more likely to give directly to the organizations.
In the spirit of the old ‘a-thons’, donors can choose to leave a comment at the beginning of the weekend (Nov 9-11) pledging a certain amount per review posted, or at any time during the weekend pledging a fixed amount. This was all put together very quickly so I don’t know yet how many books I have yet to review, but I’ll have an approximate number by the 9th.
Here is an excellent article about emergency giving. Please note that at this time, both the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross have asked for cash donations, rather than food, clothing, or blankets.
Amanda’s post is in support of the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross exists to provide compassionate care to those in need. Our network of generous donors, volunteers and employees share a mission of preventing and relieving suffering, here at home and around the world, through five key service areas:
- Disaster Relief
- Supporting America’s Military Families
- Livesaving Blood
- Health and Safety Services
- International Services