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September 11, 2019

THE TOM THE DANCING BUG MIGRANT CHILDREN FUNDRAISER

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UPDATE 9/30/19, 11:30am ET:  

This is the last day to participate and be eligible to win a Tom the Dancing Bug custom illustration.  A quick check reveals that the top two contributions so far are a mind-blowing $800 and a earth-shattering combo-contribution of $1,024.

 

I had said that the top contributor (multiple contributions from the same person are aggregated) would automatically win an illustration.  But I'M CHANGING THE RULES!  I'M A RULE-CHANGER!  

 

We're all on the same team here, so why make this a competition?  I'm declaring now that both these contributors have now won the top prize, AND anyone else who will have donated a total of $800 or more before the end of the campaign tonight will also automatically win an illustration.

 

Of course, all other contributors of more than $25 are still eligible for the random drawings!

 

THANK YOU to all contributors of any amount for participating in the aid of these children!

 

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UPDATE 9/24/19:  

FROM THIS WEEK'S EMAIL TO THE INNER HIVE:

"But the big news is that the Tom the Dancing Bug Migrant Children Fundraiser is going nuts.  Tom the Dancing Bug readers have now raised over $11,000, with about a week to go!
 

In addition, a reader contacted me separately to tell me that because of the logistics of how he makes charitable donations, he could not donate directly through the Fundraiser, but he sent me documentation of his $5,000 donation, with a request for a matching contribution from his employer! He requested to remain anonymous, and doesn’t want his contribution to count toward any of the prizes, in order to continue to encourage others.
 

But his direct contribution, and a similar $315 contribution of another INNER HIVE member, puts the number we’ve raised to help these children at almost $17,000!!"

 

UNBELIEVABLE!  I AM SO GRATEFUL TO THOSE WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED, AND HAVE HELPED THE LIVES AND WELL-BEING OF THESE FRIGHTENED AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN.

 

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UPDATE 9/16/19:  I'm absolutely floored that after five days this thing is over $8,000!  Thank you SO MUCH to those who have participated!

 

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Of the many crimes against humanity the Trump administration has unleashed on the world, its treatment of immigrant children is the one that hits me the hardest.  The separation of children from parents is the worst form of torture, and the fact that my country deliberately set this as a policy in order to terrorize families simply boggles my mind.  The fact that we are holding incredibly vulnerable children, alone and frightened, in inhuman conditions, is a sick betrayal of every standard that the richest and self-proclaimed best country must be held to.

 

Of course, we can fight this politically, by advocating for changes to policies and elected officials, but there are also things we can do to actually directly help these children and their families.  The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights protects and advocates for immigrant children, and I wanted to somehow help them, even if it's only in some tiny, Tom the Dancing Bug-sized way.

 

You can participate by making your donation directly to The Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights through a donation page I set up,

https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/tom-the-dancing-bug-for-migrant-children

but I have to warn you:  You might be saddled with a Tom the Dancing Bug original illustration, drawn just for you.  

 

Three donors will get a Tom the Dancing Bug illustration sent to them:

--> The top donor to the Fundraiser (multiple donations from the same donor will be aggregated); and

--> Two random donors to the Fundraiser regardless of size of donation, $25 minimum.

 

To be eligible for the prize, be sure to not to check "Don't show my name" on the donation page.

 

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... whatever you want.  OR you can just choose (almost) any Super-Fun-Pak Comix, and I will re-draw it for you (apx. 6 inches x 2 inches).  OR if choosing stresses you out, you can just relax and leave the illustration up to me.

 

The deadline for prize eligibility is 11:59 pm ET, September 30, but PLEASE DONATE NOW.  

 

Winners will be announced HERE on October 1, so check back to see if you won.

 

Thank you, everybody.  Hoping you are fortunate enough to be in a position to help in any way.

 

Yours Indeed,

Ruben Bolling,

the son of an unaccompanied minor refugee immigrant

 

CLICK HERE TO MAKE A DONATION AND PARTICIPATE IN THE TOM THE DANCING BUG MIGRANT CHILDREN FUNDRAISER.

(Note: I made a $200 donation to start things off, plus this will of course assure you that all transaction costs of using crowdrise.com to manage this campaign are covered.)

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