Haiti / Save the Children Charity Wrap-Up
Wrap-up by Duchovlet | KMKonline Charity Events Team
Congratulations! We are happy to announce that, with the support of Kevin fans worldwide, Kevin McKidd Online has raised $5,535.56 for Save the Children and their emergency response for Haiti earthquake relief!
This is truly fantastic and we wish to extend our sincere thanks once again to everyone involved - especially to those who bid, bought, donated online, made a corporate match, or simply helped promote the event thru Tweets, Facebook, websites, blogs, forums, or other word-of-mouth. Our first fundraiser would not have been a success without each and every one of you.
Kevin’s fans continue to surprise and amaze us! We launched the project on February 28th, setting an initial goal of $5,000. By the beginning of April we had reached that mark and Kevin McKidd Online was even named one of the month’s Top 25 eBay Giving Works Donors. Your generosity, however, did not stop there. As our eBay auctions wound down we set a modest new goal of $5,500. By mid-June we knew we would surpass that too! The money has been tallied and, as of this month, we can report that all funds to date have been successfully processed and received by Save the Children from the various donation sources.
Approximately 50% of funds raised came from eBay auctions, 40% from FirstGiving online donations, and 10% from corporate matches and other sources, including our online shop. Over 60 people actively participated in the event and 34 different USA zip codes, France, Italy, UK, Canada, Scotland, and Australia were represented. It wasn’t just regular KMKonline visitors and forum members who tuned in though. Approximately 1/3 of all donors, and 70% of eBay bidders, were unknown to us. It’s great to know we attracted new individuals and other Kevin fans with our efforts!
Several people worked behind the scenes, or provided other assistance, to ensure that our event proved successful and things ran smoothly. Thanks to Jane Berliner at Save the Children, the staff at FirstGiving, plus Cara and Maria at WKTPR. Thanks to Mike McQuain for helping out in a pinch and answering questions when we were momentarily HTML challenged. Great appreciation and heartfelt thanks is also extended to all fellow Team McKidd members who so willingly and freely gave of their time in organizing this event.
Most importantly, we would like to extend a HUGE THANKS TO KEVIN himself for his trust in us, donation of fabulous items, and allowing us to hold the event. We were honored to organize and conduct the fundraiser and look forward to future projects. As always, you’re the best!
ON A PERSONAL NOTE:
I want to thank Kevin for helping spark activism in my now 4-year-old niece, Emma. Always caring, kind-of-heart, and inquisitive, Emma saw Kevin’s video on my laptop and, as most kids do at that age, she started asking lots of questions. We talked about Haiti's children, what had happened to them, and what their current needs might be. On her own, Emma continued to bring the subject up on an almost daily basis. (Out of the blue, she still brings it up.) She was, and still is, bound and determined to do something. She even insisted that we let her fly to Haiti so she could bring the children her toys since they had lost theirs. By May, we convinced Emma that money would do greater good at the moment and decided on a bake sale instead.
Fifty pepperoni rolls, multiple muffins, and several dozen cookies later, Emma had raised over $140.00 in a day for Haiti’s children! (The girl can really turn on the charm and hawk muffins.) Besides my own sense of purpose, the value and knowledge in helping others, and the great friends I have made, I am proudest of how this project has inspired Emma. To instill such drive and compassion in a mind so young – and to know that that trait will be carried with Emma for life - is wonderful. I will always be profoundly grateful to Kevin for the seed he helped plant. It doesn’t take a great actor to do this. It takes a great man and human being.
Please visit the Charity Page to learn more about our Haiti / Save the Children project and get more information on the latest progress being made in the field.