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Christmas Crazy 2011 Conclusion: Part One

When I started Christmas Crazy three years ago, I had very high expectations. I expected to raise $1000 for a local domestic violence shelter to use to provide Christmas gifts for children. If you've been around these parts for a while, you know that so-called "lofty" goal turned out to be absolutely adorable.

You guys blew it out of the water.

The next year I raised my expectations a bit and, once again, was completely blown away by the power of the nice people who live in my computer.

This year you guys did it again. I had a goal set in my head, but y'all just plain destroyed it. I don't know what I did to deserve your awesomeness, but thank you because you made one of the most rewarding days of my life happen.

Let's start at the beginning, shall we?

This year Christmas Crazy was a bit more than just a November fundraiser hosted on this site. There was an event sponsored by Visit Pittsburgh, Crazy Scary sponsored by ScareHouse, and a few really small little things that happened in between those two events.

Going into November, there was already $4510 in the Christmas Crazy pool.

$4510 before we even got started. KABOOM!

Then we started the magic here. It came down to the wire, but you guys came through with the $3500 I was looking for ... and then some. Once I added in donations I picked up at Cafe Solstice, the items that came in thanks to the generous folks at Planet Smoothie and X Fitness, Benjamin's haul, and a few other one-off toy donations, there was another $4620 ready for action.

The 2011 total for Christmas Crazy was . . . drum roll please (mostly because I need a second to do the mathy-type stuff) . . .

$9120.00

$9120.00!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

NINE THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY DOLLARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(I hope you didn't need any exclamation points because I just used them all.)

OK, so, the breakdown in how it was all distributed:

ScareHouse sent Alle-Kiski Area HOPE Center a check for $3000. It was the proceeds from Crazy Scary and let me just say thank you so much to everybody who made that happen because it will make a HUGE difference this Christmas for the people who benefit from the services provided by HOPE Center.

The rest turned into toys and gift cards for Womansplace. I'll tell you all about dropping off those toys tomorrow, but let me just say THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH!!!! (Look! I found a few more exclamation points!)

Dropping off those toys to a group of shocked domestic violence shelter workers was pure magic.

PURE MAGIC.

Thank you so much!

That's about half of what we delivered on Friday.

I most definitely have the best blog readers that ever existed.

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Reader Comments (13)

No, Nine thousand ONE HUNDRED and twenty dollars!

AWESOME.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermattieflap

@mattieflap--Fixed! And this is why excessive punctuation shouldn't be allowed. It makes my brain go goofy. ;-)

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterburghbaby

Tears. Proud and grateful to know you. You're amazing.

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJonathan

Ah. Mazing.

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

This warms my heart. How totally amazing! You're awesome.

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLoukia

AWESOME! Pure Awesome! Dominic said "that is a lot of presents to make families happy!" That is why our family donates. To Christmas Crazy, to families whose houses burnt down and toys for tots.

From our family to yours...THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN for the kids. You are good people.

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTracy

Thank you for making us so wonderful. Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

We're awesome readers because we have an awesome, inspiring, fun writer leading our way.

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFireMom

We have to thank YOU for providing us an easy outlet to help. All we have to do is click; you do all the hard stuff. Every year you prove that your heart is as big as your talent.

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbluzdude

incredible. well done all!!!!!!
(ha, seems you didn't use them all.)

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhello haha narf

WE read an amazing blogger! You do all of the hard stuff - all we have to do is follow your lead! Way to be a leader!! And an example for Alexis - which is as important as all the other good that comes out of Christmas Crazy. WOOT!!!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThe Mommy

Wow. That is so great!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterred pen mama

I was thinking of those kids this morning. And that was before Bee piped up with, "Wow, we have a lot of stuff, Mom! What ones should we give to the kids without toys?" God bless her.

You've done good, kiddo. And that's the understatement of the year!

December 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatie in MA
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