The situation in Puerto Rico is desperate. I thought I'd create another TOM THE DANCING BUG Challenge to help, in my own tiny, dancing-bug sized way, to encourage donations for aid.
Make your donation directly to the Red Cross's Hurricane Maria Relief Campaign through a donation page I set up,
and you could win a specially drawn illustration I would create just for you.
There will be two winners:
--> The top donor to the Challenge (multiple donations from the same donor will be aggregated); and
--> One random donor to the Challenge regardless of size of donation, $25 minimum.
To be eligible for the prize, be sure to include a name in the "Show this name in the donation scroll" field.
The illustrations will be 6 inches x 8 inches, and you can tell me what you'd like me to draw (subject to the boundaries of law and propriety), or we can come up with something in collaboration. God-Man fighting Charley the Australopithecine, Hollingsworth Hound in a tutu, Percival Dunwoody riding a Giant Wombat, Donald Trump getting tackled in an NFL game... whatever you want.
The deadline for the challenge is 11:59 pm ET, October 2, but PLEASE DONATE NOW.
Winners will be announced on October 3.
Thank you, everybody. Hoping you are fortunate enough to be in a position to help in any way.
(Note: I started with a $100 donation to offset transaction costs of using crowdrise.com to manage this campaign.)
10/3/17 UPDATE: WOW!
You guys, we raised $6,733.00!
Thank you so much for joining me in helping the people of Puerto Rico. I appreciated and noted every single donation, and they far exceeded my expectations! Tom the Dancing Bug has the greatest readers in the world.
The two winners of the Challenge are...
The random winner is Daniel Spiegel, and
The winner of the largest donation made an incredibly generous donation, but did so anonymously. To this winner (the results are on the page): I now can't contact you through the site (even though I was initially able to send you a thank you note), so please contact me at tomdbug at gmail dot com ASAP to claim your prize!