Showing posts with label Charity. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Charity. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Monday, March 17, 2014

Double Boston for Charity

I was patting myself on the back for the improvement in my running. Anything I have done pales in comparison to this... A Knoxville runner is going to do a Double Boston Marathon. He's going to begin at the finish and run to the start. Then he will complete the marathon with everyone else going from start to finish. That's 52.4 miles. And he's doing it to raise money for some people that were injured in the bombing last year. The couple has connections to Knoxville. Wow.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Last Chance

Last chance to give and be a winner:
"Today is the last day for the Honored American Veterans Afield fundraiser we are running here; if you want your donation to count towards the fundraiser, it has to be made before 2359 (11:59PM, for you civilian types), and all receipts have to be sent to me by 1700 (5:00PM) tomorrow if you want them to count towards the giveaway. 
I have handed out just under 300 tickets to around 30 folks, so your chances of winning one of the 16 awesome prize packages up for grabs is pretty decent, in my opinion, and all it takes is a small donation to a worthy organization that does amazing works for our wounded veterans and soldiers.  And even if you do not win a prize package or whatnot, helping those men and women who put their lives on the line for our liberties and freedoms counts as a “win” in my book. "

Friday, March 22, 2013

HAVA Fundraiser and Giveaway Update/Reminder

Last month, I mentioned the HAVA Fundraiser and Giveaway that Linoge is running over at Walls of the City. Time is running out to participate in the giveaway. The last day to make a donation and be eligible for a prize is March 31.

A little about HAVA:
"As the number of injured men and women returning from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan grew, members of the firearms industry initiated a non-profit partnership called HAVA to aid disabled soldiers as they transition to their lives back in the United States. The ultimate goal is to increase their confidence and hope for the future by reconnecting with their love of the outdoors and the American traditions of hunting and firearms."

Click here to view the rules.

And, with apologies to Linoge for the total copy/paste job, here are the prizes in case helping out a veteran isn't enough incentive.
4x HAVA Duffel Packages
IMG_6504-0011x HAVA-branded duffel bag (17” x 9” x 11”) courtesy of HAVA
1x HAVA-branded LaRue Dillo Tactical Beverage Entry Tool courtesy of HAVA
1x Leupold LensPen courtesy of HAVA
1x Smith & Wesson 25NRR Ear Muffs courtesy of HAVA
1x HAVA-branded ballcap courtesy of HAVA
1x Mossberg ballcap courtesy of HAVA
1x Surefire EP3 or EP4 (random selection) courtesy of HAVA
1x Surefire G2Z-OD or G2-OD (random selection) courtesy of HAVA
So, to recap, there are four packages that each contain:  (1) duffel bag, one (1) Dillo tool, one (1) lens pen, one (1) set of earmuffs, two (2) ballcaps, one (1) set of earplugs, and one (1) flashlight.  How awesome is that
“Bacon” Package
IMG_6432fist-full-of-fuck-yeah-4001x Custom-Engraved Ka-Bar Baconmaker courtesy of HAVA
1x “Fist Full of F*ck Yeah” T-Shirt (XL) courtesy of Zombie Tools
1x “Fist Full of F*ck Yeah” Can Koozie courtesy of Zombie Tools
No, it is not the knife that Crocodile Dundee carried in his iconic movie, but something tells me he would not mind having one of his own.  >7” length, recurved blade for easy bacon-making (literally), nylon belt sheath for storage, and a set of grip panels that will never allow this blade to slip out of your hands.  Plus, the knife has been engraved with HAVA’s logo, which only compounds the awesomeness. 
“Ultimate New Shooter” Package
otiselitebrownellsproseries1x Otis Elite Cleaning Kit courtesy of Brownells 
1x Brownells Pro Series Hearing Protection courtesy of Brownells
1x MagHolder courtesy of
1x Nature Wars courtesy of Random House
I do not think there is a firearm made that kit cannot clean, and, with a noise reduction rating of 26 and active microphones and speakers, those muffs will protect your hearing but still let you hear range commands. You can read my review of Nature Wars here, but it is definitely worth your time.
“Organized New Shooter” Package
2 gun handgun rack1x Otis Elite Cleaning Kit courtesy of Brownells
1x 2 Handgun Storage Rack, courtesy of Armory Racks
1x Nature Wars courtesy of Random House
You can read my review of the 2 Handgun Storage Rack here, but the long and the short of it is that it greatly simplifies storing handguns wherever it is you keep them… as its name probably suggests. 
“Citizen Marksman” Package
paulreveresrideboomershoot1x Boomershoot Entry, including Friday and Saturday High Intensity events, Saturday dinner, and Sunday Long Range Event courtesy of Joe Huffman
1x Paul Revere’s Ride courtesy of Chris from AK
Boomershoot hardly needs an introduction in my crowd, but if you are unfamiliar with it, here is the shortest description I can muster: you shoot explosive targets at long range.  Yes, it is that awesome.  I have not read David Hackett Fischer’s book yet, but it appears to document the reasons and motivations behind one of the major events that sparked the American Revolution, and, as such, it is worth a read by any patriot. 
“Preparedness” Package
darkangelmedical1x D.A.R.K. Complete Kit courtesy of Dark Angel Medical
1x Paul Revere’s Ride courtesy of Chris from AK
When it comes to matters of life and death, trusting a company whose staff has in excess of 20 years combined medical experience between them seems like a mighty good start, especially when all of the materials that go into their kits are hand-chosen by them, based on that experience. 
“EDC” Package
naturewarsmagholder1x MagHolder courtesy of
1x folding knife courtesy of
1x Nature Wars courtesy of Random House 
These unique, injection-molded plastic magazine holders are designed to hold your magazines sideways, which greatly improves their comfort and wearability.  You can read Skas’ review of them here
“Carrying in Style” Package
diablomunchkin1x Diablo Outside the Waistband Holster courtesy of Dragon Leatherworks
1x Munchkin courtesy of Skas
1x ENDO Apparel $25 Certificate courtesy of ENDO
I do not have a single-action revolver myself any more, but if you do have a Ruger Blackhawk or something else like it, how else would you want to carry it?  And it only makes sense to include the awesome game I helped get him hooked on – if you have not played it, you should, and if you have, you know what I am talking about. 
“Gunny Gamer” Package
endoapparelfraggold1x MagHolder courtesy of
1x Frag Gold Edition courtesy of Skas
1x ENDO Apparel $25 Certificate courtesy of ENDO
I cannot say as though I am overly familiar with “Frag”, but it’s official description speaks volumes:  “a "first-person shooter" on a tabletop. Move your fighter and frag your foes. Draw cards for weapons, armor, and gadgets. Move through the blood spatters to restore your own health! If you die, you respawn and come back shooting!” 
“Zombie Apocalypse Preparation” Package
rangerupmunchkinzombies1x 2 Handgun Storage Rack courtesy of Armory Racks
1x Munchkin Zombies courtesy of Skas
1x Zombie Che Guevera Hoodie (XL) courtesy of Zombie Tools
1x Ranger Up T-Shirt Certificate courtesy of Ranger Up
1x Can koozie courtesy of Eagles Nest Outfitters
I did not know what sizes my winners would be, nor what designs people will prefer (I rather likethis one, myself), so you get your choice of one t-shirt from Ranger Up’s all-too-awesome lineup. 
“Normal Apocalypse Preparation” Package
munchkinapocalypse1x Munchkin Apocalypse, courtesy of Skas
1x Ranger Up T-Shirt Certificate courtesy of Ranger Up
1x I Don’t Hate Zombies T-Shirt (S, L, or 3XL) courtesy of Zombie Tools
1x Monderno PVC Morale Patch courtesy of Monderno
1x Can koozie courtesy of Eagles Nest Outfitters
Apocalypse is the newest, and, from what I hear, best installation of the Munchkin franchise… should be good training!  Regarding the Russian Origami t-shirts, hopefully you are a Large, X-Large, or XX-Large, because that is all I have left! 
“Motte” Package
wallsofthecitysticker1x Russian Origami T-Shirt
1x “walls of the city” Sticker 
1x “walls of the city” patch
This package and the next one might be a bit delayed, depending on the production schedule for the patches, but I will send it out as soon as I can. 
“Bailey” Package

Monday, February 18, 2013

HAVA Fundraiser and Giveaway

Linoge has kicked off his annual fundraising event. This year he is raising money for Honored American Veterans Afield:
"As the number of injured men and women returning from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan grew, members of the firearms industry initiated a non-profit partnership called HAVA to aid disabled soldiers as they transition to their lives back in the United States. The ultimate goal is to increase their confidence and hope for the future by reconnecting with their love of the outdoors and the American traditions of hunting and firearms."
As usual, in addition to knowing you are contributing to a worthy cause, you have the change to win stuff!!!

Click here to view the rules and prizes!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Give to Soldiers' Angels

I've given some reasons before, but here is THE REASON. Go here to get info about giving.

Via Robb Allen

Friday, December 2, 2011

Crimson Trace and Soldiers' Angels

Lingo has worked some magic and Crimson Trace has donated THREE of their new LightGuard weapon lights to the fundraiser for Soliders' Angels.

For a real world scenario where one of these LightGuards might come in handy, I unashamedly recommend my Ninjas in the House.

At the risk of reducing my chances, here is the link to the Soldier's Angels Fundraiser and Giveaway.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Soldiers' Angels

My Sunday school class participated in a project to fill Christmas stockings and send them to soldiers who cannot be home for the holidays.

Linoge has started a similar fundraiser to support Soldiers' Angels. Beyond the warm fuzzy feeling you will get for helping out, he has a few incentives (the latest Stephen Hunter novel, some East TN MHI patches, and maybe more) to giveaway for those that participate.

Cruise on over to his site and get all the details - HERE!

I put my money where my mouth is and I'm pitching in.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Three Percenters

From Ambulance Driver:
"It is estimated that only 3% of American colonists took up arms against England. Only 10% of American colonists actively supported the fighters with arms, munitions and materiel. Only 20% or so of their neighbors even supported their cause at all. Fully a third of the American colonists considered themselves loyal British subjects, and a third more had no strong opinions either way."
It also reminds me that I recently heard that the average giving in our church conference is about 1.5%. My church is much better at 3%. (Yes, sarcasm.) As I continue to prove, I ain't real good at the maths, but 3% is pretty far off from a 10% tithe I think.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


My grandfather was in the Navy. That's as close as I got to military service. Sometimes I wonder if we wouldn't be better off if you had to serve (may be even fight bugs) before being allowed to vote. I appreciate what those in the military have done and continue to do to serve our country.

I'm a geek. I love computers and can't image life with out the internet, e-mail, etc. I am amazed by the breadth and depth of options to communicate with family and friends. The information available now is almost limitless. I wouldn't want anyone or anything to take that away from me.

Put those things together and you can see why I can support a charity like Project Valour-IT that uses donations to get specialized laptops to wounded warriors.
Project Valour-IT helps provide voice-controlled/adaptive laptop computers and other technology to support Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines recovering from hand wounds and other severe injuries. Items supplied include:

-Voice-controlled Laptops - Operated by speaking into a microphone or using other adaptive technologies, they allow the wounded to maintain connections with the rest of the world during recovery.
-Wii Video Game Systems - Whole-body game systems increase motivation and speed recovery when used under the guidance of physical therapists in therapy sessions (donated only to medical facilities).
-Personal GPS - Handheld GPS devices build self-confidence and independence by compensating for short-term memory loss and organizational challenges related to severe TBI and severe PTSD
Consider giving if this resonates with you.

Via BlackFive

Friday, December 10, 2010


I, like Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, and now Mark Zuckerberg, agree to give my billions* to charity.

* Assumes my net worth grows a smidge.