Pardon me a moment of exceptional sentimentality here, but I can’t help it. I’m getting a little Linda Richman as we speak.
From something that began as a flurry of e-mails amongst a couple of the Be the Change pals on Sunday, Paws for Japan evolved into a event with over 150 blogs, countless Facebook posts and Tweets, and untold participation- with only 3 days notice. It’s like we posted a “hey, we’re having a little cookout at the bay, BYOB” to the community wall at the library and the whole town showed up with hibachis. And flamethrowers.
That was a hell of a bonfire, everyone. $30,000 + to World Vets within 24 hours via their Chip In. And I have NO idea how much went in through their official donation button, but I do know it temporarily crashed due to the influx of traffic. That was shortly before Chip In also crashed for the same reason. Crashing all over the place because people were donating so much and so often, in the middle of one of the worst recessions in memory.
The need is still there, of course, and the auctions and companies donating proceeds are ongoing. But in one day, the word got out to a huge audience, and that is what was needed. People are now aware of the immense need when perhaps they just hadn’t thought about it in the days following the disaster in Japan.
I know I’ve said it before, but the feeling only strengthens with time: I am so proud to be a part of the pet blogging community. I am humbled and honored to count you all among my friends. Thank you all for caring and for making this community effort such a great success.