My birthday is coming up, August 31st (as you can see on my Profile), and since I've had an LJ account these last few years and occasionally spat out a CLexy story here and there (in between lengthy, wordy series which seem to be perpetually WIP), I've received anonymous donations for my birthday (as well as for Christian and other holidays that I do not celebrate, I'm afraid) on my LJ--donations like a paid account at various levels for various numbers of months, cute icons, things like that.
The presents have always been graciously appreciated (though not thanked-for because they are always anonymous!), but unfortunately, they have also been unused. As you might or might not have noticed over the years, the only thing I really use my LJ account for is to announce that something is available on my website, or to ask meekly for help when some terrible 'tragedy' has occurred. So, sadly, LJ upgrades tend to go to waste on me for the most part.
But what I certainly appreciate is the incredibly kind recognition--you anonymous donors 'give back' to me because you've eked a little enjoyment out of my work here and there, and that is very humbling.
What I would like to do this year, instead of happily accepting gifts I know I will not use, is to give you a chance to extend your generous spirits in the same vein, but to do a hundredfold more good with them.
This year, I am giving my birthday to DonorsChoose.org, a wonderful organization which allows you, the donator, to pick and choose the precise school projects you wish to donate to--classes that need materials consisting of anything from some coloured pencils to a few high-end computers--and from which you receive thank yous directly from the teacher and students of the class you have helped! You can donate any amount you can afford--five dollars, ten dollars, or go hog-wild and pay off an entire project's monetary needs! Rest assured that every dollar you donate goes right to the class's needed materials, and every last penny does some good.
You can find my Give-Back Birthday Page here
, or if that doesn't work for you, here is the direct link:http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/viewChallenge.html?id=22616
Please go to my Give-Back Birthday Page (more than once if you like!) and, in lieu of any other type of gift to me, give generously to the classrooms that need your help the most. I have added several projects to my Give-Back page, all of which have to do with reading, writing, or literacy, something I know everyone here appreciates. I might add a few more as the month goes by.
Also, if you so wish, you can remain just as anonymous on the donorschoose.org page as you have on my LJ all these years (you modest persons, you!).
Thanks so much, everyone. Now, go crack open those checkbooks and show me how much you love me! ;)