Between Thanksgiving and Christmas gift swapping, the holiday season truly epitomizes the spirit of giving. But nowhere is this more evident this year than with #GivingTuesday – a new initiative that aims to be “the giving season’s opening day”.
According to the movement’s website, more than 2,000 partners have teamed for #GivingTuesday to celebrate and encourage charitable activities that support nonprofit organizations. Among the founding partners is charity: water, an organization that is dedicated to permanently supplying clean, safe drinking water to needy communities all around the world. And as our Blog readers already may know, Other World Computing has recently teamed with charity: water in an effort to raise a total of $125,000 for the drilling of new wells in areas of most need. And to help that effort, beginning on Black Friday and continuing through the end of today, OWC is donating $5 for each new Twitter follower it gains!
After all of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday hype, we hope you’ll have room for one more day of giving. So check out charity: water’s #GivingTuesday blog, or head directly to the OWC Fundraiser page and see if there’s a way that you can help make a difference. In the season of giving it’s important not to overlook those most in need, and now is the time to make an even greater push to help.
And we can only hope that the inaugural #GivingTuesday is the start of something even bigger!
Friday, November 23rd, 2012 | Author: OWC Laura
Happy “Black Friday,” everybody! We hope that all of our customers had a very safe and happy Thanksgiving filled with family, friends, great food and long naps!
All across the country people are doing some serious shopping, be it from the comfort of their own home or bravely wading through the crowds of their favorite retail destinations. Personally, I’m a “sit -at-home-with-a-hot-chocolate-and-some-fuzzy-slippers” kind of shopper. Other than shopping in pure comfort, there are many other benefits to shopping from home this weekend and throughout the holiday season; my favorites include not having to worry about being squished, staying out of the cold (which is officially upon us in our part of the woods), and (my number one benefit) no wasted gas money! I just click, click, click the items I want and watch for the boxes of fun to arrive.
If you start early enough, just about every retailer has free or extremely discounted shipping options this time of year. The emphasis is on starting early, however; I’m sure I’m not the only person who, in the past, has had to wrap up a couple bits of chocolate and an IOU for the gift that didn’t quite make it on time.
Here at OWC, we’re big believers that knowledge is power, so we’ve set up some tips and shipping estimates and deadlines to help make sure you get your order from us on time. After all, holidays are much better spent enjoying quality time with family and friends, rather than stressing over shipping times. Article Continues…
As Black Friday has been underway, the retail store chaos never ceases to amaze! Standing in line to get into stores… in line for time release specials that are often exhausted way before the line is. And then more lines just to check out… What a contrast to the calm and peaceful ease of doing it online…
Avoid the mayhem. Shop Online with OWC.
Our effort to raise $125,000 for charity: water continues to move forward. Here’s this week’s update.
First let’s start with donations for new Twitter followers. We gained 171 new followers last week, bringing our total contributions there to $6,160.
Next, we had 1,317 new entries in our OWC 25th Year Kickoff Celebration Sweepstakes, bringing our “dollar an entry” pledge to $4883.
We also had an additional $1195 in independent pledges to our charity: water portal page, which brings us to a total of $7421 in donations that we’ll be matching.
We’re closer today than we were last week, Help us out by following our Twitter feed (which will bring in $5 per new subscriber this weekend, rather than $1), donating directly, or entering our Sweepstakes. Time is running out on that last one, though; Sweepstakes entry ends November 30.
To enhance its 25th year of service celebration, OWC will increase donations to its charity: water campaign from $1.00 to $5.00 for every new OWC Twitter follower recorded from Black Friday (November 23) until the end of Cyber Monday (November 26).
By offering a unique, no cost philanthropic twist to these shopping days – ‘you follow socially, we give the gift of financial resources’ – OWC will continue on its goal of offering permanent solutions for providing safe, clean drinking water to people in developing nations.