It's taken us a little while to get our thoughts in order and our emotions under control after the end of the fundraiser--we’re all still a little weepy with joy and flabbergasted at how well this fundraiser went.
We raised over $2.5 million for Heifer International.
That deserves a caps lock. Guys. We raised TWO AND A HALF MILLION DOLLARS for Heifer!
Do you have any idea how much good this can do for people all around the world? We’re about to tell you!
That’s 126,325 flocks of chicks, that can help a family pull themselves up out of poverty like Kid and Klang.
That’s 84,217 hives of honeybees, which help to improve an entire region by pollinating crops, as well as providing honey and beeswax--that’s a living for the beekeepers, and improved crops for the whole community.
It’s 42,108 tree seedlings, which purify the air, help prevent soil erosion, and produce fruits or nuts for a family to eat and sell.
That can provide goats to 21,054 families, which will grow exponentially when those goats have kids through Heifer’s Passing on the Gift - and did you know that goats usually have twins? That’s three families helped by a single goat.
It’s 9,187 girls getting the chance to go to school, to improve their lives, expand their horizons and have the chance to make a huge impact on the world.
That’s 8,422 villages that get access to clean water. Clean water. So many families are still forced to do without clean water, or have travel far away to fetch clean water.
That can launch 6,922 small businesses, giving families the means to take control of their own lives, and better their communities as well.
It’s 5,053 heifers, which provide milk for a family to drink and sell, manure to use as fertilizer, and calves to Pass on the Gift to another family.
That can provide biogas stoves to 2,527 whole villages, which provides a healthier and cleaner way of cooking food and providing light, and it's a whole lot better for the environment.
This is so much good that Heifer can do in the world, and it’s all thanks to you. This would not have been possible without your help in donating, in spreading the word, in bidding on auctions or buying the Cards Against Humanity Sci-Fi Pack.
Worldbuilders would not exist without our incredible community of authors and publishers and book lovers, gamers and game-makers, artists and jewelers, and geeks of all creeds. That’s you guys. All of you. Everyone who donated a bunch of books, games, collectibles, and art, everyone who spread the word, liked, shared, and retweeted our updates, everyone who told their friends, family, and coworkers about us, you were all part of this, and we can’t do it without you.
Every year, we set out to show that the geek community is full of wonderful people who will always do good if given the chance. We give that chance, and every year, you amaze us with how good you truly are.
We have so much love for our supporters and our sponsors, and for the wonderful folks at Heifer International who give us an outlet to make the world better.
Thank you to everyone who donated, and to everyone who sent us items for auctions or the lottery. Thank you to Cards Against Humanity for making another excellent card pack. Thank you to all the teams who participated in the Overwatch Tournament and had a blast with our silly debuffs. Thank you to everyone who started a team page--we had more teams than ever this year, and some of them absolutely blew it out of the water, like Team Acquisitions, Inc, the WriMos, all the Critters, and the ever-adorable Charlotte and Maggie.
Thank you. We’ll never be able to say it enough, but thank you.