Okay, weâ€™re doing this.Â Or youâ€™ve got the chance to do this, and in turn make me do this.
Whatâ€™s this?Â #WillWrite2FeedOthers.Â Year three.
You donate.Â I write.
As many of you know, one of the charities I give to regularly is my local food bank. Because a warm meal makes everything else, no matter how hard, seems a little easier to manage. Especially for kids. Â No kid should ever go to bed hungry.
Bt this isnâ€™t meant to be a guilt trip: you canâ€™t coerce charity â€“ well, you can, but guilt only goes so far.
A carrot, on the other handâ€¦..
So hereâ€™s the deal. If I get at least 30 people to send in a screen shot* of a donation made to their local food bank/soup kitchen/whatever, of no less than $10 (of your local currency)** by 15 December, I will post an original short story to my site on 1 January 2015. Â Yes, for everyone.
If we get 60 people or moreâ€¦well, Iâ€™ll up the stakes in a yet-to-be-named way.***
Because Thanksgiving dinner tastes better when you know other people are sitting down to a meal, too.
*send the screenshot to firstname.lastname@example.org
**I specify cash because most organizations can make money go further than we can, due to their connections. But yes, a screen shot of at least $10 worth of goods being donated will count.Â As will proof of an hour or more of volunteer time.
***oh god, I want people to rise to the challenge, but I also fear itâ€¦.