Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Help Haiti and get a free book

FINAL UPDATE: All 20 books have been spoken for, and a total of $480 plus 10 British pounds have been raised for Haiti relief. I am stunned and amazed by your generosity. Thank you from all the squishy little corners of my heart!

I hope others consider donating to this worthy cause today and in the weeks to come. The work there, I fear, will not be over for many years, if ever.

Words like "devastate" can easily weaken from overuse. "He is devastatingly handsome." Or "I'm devastated they canceled Dollhouse."

But when a 7.0 earthquake destroys the capital city of the hemisphere's poorest nation, a nation whose infrastructure was shoddy and piecemeal to begin with, a nation whose people live off the equivalent of $2 per day? That's devastation.

Many charitable organizations are pitching in to help those affected by the earthquake in Haiti, including the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Doctors Without Borders.

Doctors Without Borders (MSF, which stands for their original French name Medecins Sans Frontieres) is in my opinion one of the bravest and noblest charities in the world. They go into war-torn areas that others won't dare to enter. They operate independent of political, religious, and military affiliations. They speak out against the atrocities and violence they witness in the course of their work. And they don't care who they piss off in their battle for compassion, mercy, and better medical care for those in need. That's why they got the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, and why I think they deserved it.

Let's help MSF help Haiti.

I still have a box of 20 trade paperback copies of Bad to the Bone. It's been sitting in my rec room since last May, its contents waiting for a chance to enter the world and maybe make a few people laugh or go, ooh. On February 22, another two boxes of the book will arrive when the mass market version comes out.

Basically, my Bad to the Bone cup runneth over, and it's time to share the wealth.

If you donate $15 to Doctors Without Borders, I'll send you an autographed, personalized copy of Bad to the Bone while supplies last.


1. Donate at least $15 at the Doctors Without Borders website and forward the donation receipt to me at jeri AT jerismithready DOT com. Then leave a comment to this post--it can be anonymous if you prefer, but this will help other readers gauge how many people have already given.

2. Giveaway will continue while supplies last (20 books). I'll modify this post the moment the target is reached. UPDATE 8:24pm EST: I still have six books left. SECOND UPDATE 8:32am: I have one book left. So far you generous readers have donated $400 (plus 10 pounds)!

3, International readers welcome. However, it costs a bundle to ship a book overseas, so if you are outside the US or Canada, please be a pal and only do this if you really really intend to read the book or give it to someone who will.

4. Retail value of book: $15. Helping doctors help injured, homeless Haitians: priceless.

5. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery.

6. I'll personalize the book to you, unless you request otherwise (if you'd like me to sign it to a friend for a gift or simply put "eBay auction winner" ;-).

Thanks, and spread the word!

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I've already donated through text messaging, but wanted to thank you for doing this. They need all the help they can get.

Posted by: Blogger DrkCherry at 1/13/2010 11:52 AM

I've been searching for a way to donate...Doctors Without Borders is a wonderful organization & your willingness to help in this special way has touched my heart. So I donated & will forward the confirmation to you as soon as I see it.


PS - I can't remember my password!

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/13/2010 12:05 PM

I donated and will send you my confirmation in a few minutes. I am glad you posted this as otherwise would not donate by texting, going directly to the site you provided was secure and easy and I feel better for sending my small amount of money as you are right every bit helps..
jackie b central texas

Posted by: Blogger Jackie at 1/13/2010 12:11 PM

I have donated and sent my receipt your way. Great cause. Thanks for posting this.

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/13/2010 12:48 PM

Thanks for doing this. It is wonderful!!

Posted by: Blogger Katie at 1/13/2010 12:56 PM

I donate to them every year.....I agree, it's a great organization & a good cause.

Thanks for doing this!


Posted by: Blogger Karen at 1/13/2010 1:08 PM

This is a great cause and I am glad I could donate to help them continue there work.

Posted by: Blogger cait045 at 1/13/2010 1:16 PM

Im a student and i really dont have much money, but i know those people need it more than me right now. So i've donated so they can get all the help that's possible. i forwarded you the receipt. Thank you.

Posted by: Blogger Beleth at 1/13/2010 3:45 PM

What a wonderful idea. Sometimes people want to help but don't know where to go.

(Will forward confirmation when I get it)

Posted by: Blogger Patti (@TheLoveJunkee) at 1/13/2010 4:20 PM

I'll donate as soon as I get paid on Friday. If that leaves me out of the running, c'est la vie. It needs to be done regardless.

Posted by: Blogger Sewicked at 1/13/2010 5:39 PM

I donated and sent you my receipt. Thanks for doing this!

Posted by: Blogger Emily at 1/13/2010 6:08 PM

I e-mailed you my confirmation as well.

I think this is such a great thing for you to do. :)

Heather C

Posted by: Blogger heatwave16 at 1/13/2010 6:35 PM

What a wonderful idea, Jeri. So generous of you.

I donated and just sent you my receipt.

Posted by: Blogger Cari Quinn at 1/13/2010 7:15 PM

Thank you for this book offer, and making it so easy to donate to MSF. I'll forward the receipt to you.

Posted by: Anonymous Colleen at 1/13/2010 8:33 PM

Thanks so much to everyone who donated and/or spread the word. I really appreciate your generosity!

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/13/2010 8:37 PM

I already have a signed copy from you of Bad to the Bone... so I'm not going to ask you to send one to me (that means one more for someone else!), but your post did inspire me to go make a donation to DWOB. Thanks for planting the idea in my head, Jeri.

Posted by: Blogger Ken at 1/13/2010 8:44 PM

I sent copies of my receipt to you email address. This is a great idea, especially linking directly to the donation page. Thanks for doing this.

Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 1/13/2010 9:38 PM

Thank you Jeri.

When I was eight years old my family (parents, eight children aged ten and under) were in a 6.6 earthquake and had to be evacuated for four days. We were lucky because the Red Cross was there for us.

Reminder to other donors - if you work for a biggish company be sure to check to see if they have a matching donation program. You may be able to double or even triple your contribution just for filling out a form.

Posted by: Blogger Georgiana at 1/13/2010 9:47 PM

I donated! This is a great thing you are doing.


Posted by: Blogger Unknown at 1/13/2010 9:56 PM

What a great idea. I'd been thinking all day that I wanted to donate somewhere, but hadn't figured out the best place. This made it easy. I already have an autographed copy of one of your books, but can't remember which one [I own both, of course, but only one is autographed!]. If I check and it is Bad to the Bone, you can send it to someone else. Thanks for being such a caring human being :-)

Posted by: Blogger Deborah Blake at 1/13/2010 10:04 PM

I've just donated, at your suggestion. I think I may miss out on the book giveaway, as you have probably run out of copies by now. :) But it's a great cause and I'm happy to donate to it, regardless.

Thanks for the great idea.

Posted by: Blogger Heather at 1/14/2010 6:59 AM

I was going to donate anyway but this seemed like the best way to do it! I'm from the UK so went through the British site for this organisation. I gift aided it so they get even more money! Even if I dont get a book, I still helped :)

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 1/14/2010 7:05 AM

I'm not in it for a book, already bought this one, but I did donate. This is my favorite charity by far for all the reasons you named.

Posted by: Blogger Ann Aguirre at 1/14/2010 2:24 PM

I donated and am e-mailing you. Thanks for running this.

Posted by: Anonymous K. L. at 1/15/2010 1:45 PM

My donation is now made. Yay MSF!

Posted by: Blogger Sewicked at 1/15/2010 2:33 PM

Sewicked, thanks for donating! Make sure you forward me your donation receipt from MSF so I can check you off. I haven't received it yet.

Thanks again to everyone! I'll update as soon as the final two receipts come in. :-)

Posted by: Blogger Jeri at 1/15/2010 3:11 PM

Am I too late? I'd love to do this if not. I think this is awesome and I was wanting to do something for Haiti if even just a little thing. Let me know. Thanks! I had trouble finding my way back to the post through tweets and posts, though, not a good excuse. :( My email, if that is easier in leading me in the right direction is Thanks, Shauna

Posted by: Blogger Shauna Leigh Atkinson at 2/20/2010 6:34 PM

I'm looking at the dates an thinking I'm still on the wrong post...eeek! :(

Posted by: Blogger Shauna Leigh Atkinson at 2/20/2010 6:34 PM

Hi Shauna! The book giveaway is over, but I encourage you to donate to Doctors Without Borders, either now and/or in the future. It's going to take years to help Haiti recover from this awful disaster.


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