In December, I got involved into a project. An old colleague was starting his own nonprofit organization. Paul was his name. He was a social entrepreneur. I had no idea what kind of profession it was. He responded that he was a businessman who brought smiles. He was from the same church as me.
He asked me to help out. I wasn't sure if I had time. He explains it was a short event, a simple toy drive. I gave it a go. Why not, let's help out.
I asked Paul so how do we determine which toys to buy. I proposed that we could just buy gift cards. Paul replies that's not fun and we are going to ask children what they want with conditions that it must be under 15 dollars.
The church gave us 250 dollars. Paul and I worked out the logistics. We needed 500 dollars in total, 250 dollars more. We had a tough time. We were writing grants and nothing. I told Paul I could just pay him the money. Paul said we shouldn't do that. We finally found a sponsor, a piblic library both had a place to promote the event and ask children to sign up.
We had a big list of things over a 100 requests. It was pretty specific. That took a while. Some things didn't fall under $15. We had to compare prices frim stores. If we had to, call the child's family to change the request to something more affordable.
With that wrapped up, we had volunteers to decorate the event. We chosen the church over the library because it was spacious. Paul renamed the toy drive to angel drive because he felt it sounded cooler. We had a wall for family to do a photo shoot. It was a blue paper with white words, "Happy Holidays", with silver snowflakes. There was food only for volunteers who will later help find gifts. We had the gifts alphabetized around the walls. The families will sit on chairs. Paul and I will have a short speech to thank our sponsors and our guests. The head librarian and head priest will have their say and will close it up.
We had families line up, check in names, and take name tags. What happened after the speeches was... hell.
Everyone stood up to ask the volunteers to find their gifts instead of going by first ones on the first row. It was pretty chaotic. I decided to yell to everyone to sit down please and we will call names from each group (a segment with 2 volunteers had 4 letters). Alas, it didn't work as we had families whom were line up outside waiting to n6e checked in.
2 hours passed.
We had missing gifts which Paul and I match their names to verify first that they had signed up. We had leftover gifts that weren't pick up.
This was a teaching moment. We definitely need to change things. We had good moments along with bad ones. Some of the children didn't like their gifts, like this shirt is the wrong color. I show them their original requests. While Paul says kids be kids, I find them to be spoiled a bit. We had families who really appreciated our event. We were even included in some of their photo ops with the volunteers.
For those who might do this, it is a lot of work. It will be worth it.
Master Menos: Finally got out of the fast food job. It was a graceful exit, but to be honest, I'll miss some of those guys. Got a sprained ankle from it since September, so I'll finally focus on healing that back at the family home.
Feb 10, 2020 3:53:27 GMT
HungryWorld: Well if anyone remembers what happened to Pingu in the City, with it being joke 10/10 scored on MAL just to get it into the top 10 anime... well now is Ishuzoku Reviewers' turn. Seems that in response to Funimation's cancel people boosted the score hard.
Feb 11, 2020 2:11:38 GMT
Taka: What? That sounds so weird.
Feb 11, 2020 5:36:23 GMT
Master Menos: It's damn awesome to be honest. It shot to 1st Place!
Feb 11, 2020 6:31:08 GMT
Dream: On the subject of MAL, it looks like the admin are planning to tweak their scoring system for titles to reduce the likelihood of voters artificially inflating the ranking of certain titles.
Feb 13, 2020 22:47:26 GMT
Master Menos: My V-Day present will be belated this year because I "Had some trouble with ol' Johnny." (That's your hint.)
Feb 15, 2020 4:17:13 GMT
Dream: The joys of adulthood. Joking aside, plan to at least attempt to wrap up Gankutsuou sometime early to mid next week so I can get done with my Funi voted titles. Afterward, not doing any more voting for a while considering how long this had been taking.
Feb 15, 2020 16:50:30 GMT
Dream: Done with Gankutsuou. Will be working to get a review up for it by sometime tonight.
Feb 16, 2020 20:57:26 GMT
Taka: Great job, Dream! I should do some reviews, too.
Feb 17, 2020 5:24:39 GMT
Dream: Looks like MAL's currently down due to the site getting hit by a major denial-of-service attack, just as a heads up.
Feb 18, 2020 17:55:23 GMT
Taka: I added 2 polls tonight. Also, I wonder why MAL was down. Crunchyroll also had it, too.
Feb 20, 2020 4:05:24 GMT
Dream: Not sure about Crunchyroll. For MAL, the DoS attacks may have been retaliation by those who dabbled into manipulating the site's scoring system for certain anime titles. The admin on MAL announced they would be overhauling the system to prevent said...
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:15 GMT
Dream: ...manipulation last week.
Feb 20, 2020 13:42:45 GMT