OMG. Is it really possible that I basically abandoned my blog for the entire month of December? I feel terrible about it. (I know posting has been pretty weak all fall, actually.) It certainly isn’t like I don’t have plenty to say about things that have been going on. Alas, a whole big mess of stuff got in my way.
Anyway, I feel pretty confident that I’ll be able to get back into the regular posting groove (and deliver on some of those long-promised posts) when the new year starts. Life is finally calming down, and I am optimistic that I am going to once again have internet service at home starting in January (trying to blog without an internet connection is a real bitch).
But right now, I’m in the mountains, and I just can’t bring myself to spend too much time in front of a computer when there’s snow to play in. So I’m going to keep things light for this week, and we’ll get back to politics and planning in 2010.
For today, I just want to extend a huge thanks to everyone who donated to the Blogoaksphere Virtual Food Drive! I was so excited when we reached our goal of $2,000 with nearly a week to spare. I totally intended to post about it then, and hike the goal a little bit and see how much more we could raise in the final week. Alas, it didn’t happen (see above re:life).
Anyway, I am absolutely delighted to report that we managed to collect $2,150.45 for the Alameda County Community Food Bank, thanks to 32 generous contributions! That’s enough money for the Food Bank to buy:
- 40 holiday meal packs (whole chicken, green beans, potatoes, and gravy)
- 120 18 ounce jars of peanut butter
- 120 18 ounce boxes of cereal
- 240 1 pound bags of dried beans
- 288 8 ounce boxes of 1% milk
- 840 10 ounce cans of soup
- 868 6 ounce cans of tuna
- 990 1 pound loaves of whole grain bread
If you were to buy all that at the grocery store, the Food Bank estimates the cost would be: $8,426.14. That bulk buying power is impressive.
If you didn’t donate earlier this month, and are now wishing you had, go for it! The Food Bank set a goal of raising a total of $200,000 from their virtual food drive for the holiday season, and right now, they’re only at $123,541.53. So please, help if you can.
I also want to extend a huge thanks to all the bloggers who participated in the virtual food drive, either with posts asking their readers to donate or by placing donation buttons on their sidebars (and in several cases, both). It feels so nice to do something together. I’m hoping that next year we can do it again (or maybe pick a different cause to raise money for, who knows) and have even more blogs participate! Anyway, big thanks to participating blogs Living in the O, Future Oakland, City Homestead, Today in Montclair, Fragmentary Evidence, Rebuilding Oaktown, Diary of an Oakland Shopgirl, Back to Oakland, Oakland Grown, The Oakbook, and Welcome to the Prescott-Oakland Point Neighborhood. I was totally terrified when I first set up the virtual food drive that nobody would donate and no other blogs would want to do it, so getting so much participation just thrilled me. Thank you all so much!
Oh, and just to give you an idea of how completely awesome all of you who donated are – there are 87 different groups doing virtual food drives for the County Food Bank, and Blogoaksphere raised more than all but 8 of them! (And of those, we’re just $80 away from beating two of them. Hint, hint.)