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SantaThing 2012 Sponsorship Thread

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Edited: Nov 18, 2012, 5:22pm Top

It's SantaThing time again! I benefited from the generous sponsorship efforts for SantaThing 2010. I felt amazingly blessed that a total stranger would willingly spend money so I could participate in something that is so much fun. Last year I was in a better situation and could afford to participate myself but couldn't sponsor anyone. This year, I'm finally busy as a bee and making solid money. There is nothing I want to pass on more this year (except maybe my donation to Heifer International) than the joy of a SantaThing sponsorship. So, if you need a sponsor, for yourself or a loved one, please let us know here. If you are in a position to sponsor, this is the place to make yourself known.

LOOKING FOR A SPONSOR? If you need a sponsor, please leave a message in this thread. You don't have to go into great detail as to why you need sponsorship but feel free to say if you have any specific request. Lots of people like to sponsor students, single parents, gift sponsorships for children, etc, so don't hesitate to share your story. As far as I can remember, no one who has asked has ever been turned away. We have an amazing community here!

SPONSORS: The easiest way to make your payment (in my opinion) is to go to the SantaThing page and click Become a Secret Santa. Don't do anything but click the PayPal button of your chosen sponsorship amount. This will take you to PayPal where you can sign in or just make a payment. When you are done, click the Print link to find your transaction/receipt number. Send this number as a private message to your sponsor recipient and they can sign themselves up!

So, I'm offering a $30 sponsorship. I will most likely make a couple more smaller sponsorship offers towards the end.


Edited: Nov 29, 2012, 10:43am Top

I will keep track of sponsors and recipients here. Sponsors, feel free to grab those in need as they come in, but I will try to keep an eye on it to make sure everyone is taken care of. Please DON'T post transaction/receipt numbers in the thread- it will be the responsibility of the involved parties to coordinate the actual exchange- but feel free to share your joy and thanks and warm fuzzy feelings here!

leahbird $30 valkylee
MerryMary kcrisell
majkia sahra & daughter
ForeignCircus pmarshall & lydiasbooks
mystery donor ladylenneth's friend's son
harmen bluesalamanders
ChickLitFan ladylenneth
BeastieMom jthelwell
nancy.kast KimberlyGScott
mystery donor seldombites's daughter 3 & son
AnnieMod bladereaper12, xhollishx, pausanias
xorscape seldombites's daughters 1 & 2
mystery donor shooting_star28272
anglemark bluesalamanders's sister
riida bladereaper12's brother

Still Need Sponsors

Nov 16, 2012, 3:01pm Top

Thanks so much for making this thread! I will have at least one sponsorship available but I don't know yet how many or how much. I'll keep you posted!

Nov 16, 2012, 6:05pm Top

I will be happy to sponsor an LT member or two. And I'll keep an eye on this thread.

Nov 16, 2012, 11:59pm Top

I had hoped to be able to sponsor someone this year but instead I am looking for a sponsor. I am just starting a mind body awareness programme and any of the books listed below would help me:

The Mindful Way through Depression: Freeing Yourself from Chronic Unhappiness
by J. Mark G. Williams (Paperback), $14.77

Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness by Jon Kabat-Zinn (Paperback), $13.45

Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease: The Revolutionary, Scientifically Proven, Nutrition-Based​ Cure by Caldwell B. Esselstyn (Paperback), $11.56

The Mindful Way through Anxiety: Break Free from Chronic Worry and Reclaim Your Life
by Lizabeth Roemer (Paperback), $11.53

This information is from Amazon.com.

Thank you.

Nov 17, 2012, 9:42pm Top

Thanks to leahbird for starting the Secret Santa Sponsorship this year. It means a *lot* to me. In 2010 I asked for my daughter to be sponsored; last year my daughter and I were *both* helped by sponsors, which I hadn't even asked for, and it made our holiday much better than it would have been otherwise. In fact, the book choices my daughter received last year were *amazing* -- all 3 books she received became firm favorites, with one in particular becoming her favorite book of all time that started her interest in space (she is obsessed with "blast off" and for most of the past year, she has wanted to be an astronaut). I also love the opportunity to choose books for others in this wonderful community, since my financial situation means I don't get to give gifts to my friends or family.

I was so hoping that this year I would be able to sponsor someone else but life has not worked out that way. The social system does not help disabled people become safe, secure and self-sufficient like I desperately want and have tried to make happen. :(

On the basis I now have a 2-year-old on the edge of reading on her own and I'm heavily pregnant with my second daughter and laid up with a painful pregnancy hernia greatly limiting my functionality beyond my "normal" health issues for which having grown-up books would rock, I'm going to be very cheeky and ask if it's possible we both be sponsored again this year. I'm going to be even more cheeky and ask that my daughter be sponsored at the $40 level because she hardly ever gets to have new books that haven't been torn or written on by its previous small person owner -- if that request means that I as an adult cannot be sponsored because there's not enough funds to sponsor both of us, then so be it -- I'd rather her have the joy of new books than me.

Thanks to anyone willing to consider my request and I hope you all have a happy SantaThing 2012!

Nov 18, 2012, 5:14pm Top

MerryMary, pmarshall, and sahra- have any of you claimed someone/been claimed yet?

Nov 19, 2012, 8:43am Top

I've sponsored sahra and her daughter.

Nov 19, 2012, 8:47am Top

Thanks for the update majkia!

Edited: Nov 19, 2012, 5:36pm Top

> 7. No, I am still floating free!

Nov 19, 2012, 5:54pm Top

Don't worry, we'll get you claimed soon. Apparently the mad rush of SantaThing hasn't really started so I'm expecting this thread to get busy in the next few days.

Edited: Nov 19, 2012, 8:39pm Top

It would be great if I were able to take part. Always looked enviously at the threads about SantaThing, but never had the guts to request sponsorship before. I'm a part-time student, have had Chronic Fatigue for 10 years and am trying to gradually do more with my life (a tiring process in itself).
If anyone is trying to think of books I really want, books tagged 'collection' in my LT catalog are the ones I want most (ones I own already are 'permanent collection').
Thanks all, and happy holidays.

Edit: I'm in the UK, for reference. Not sure if that makes a difference, but just in case.

Nov 19, 2012, 10:51pm Top

This year, as in 2010, I find myself on a limited income because of unemployment. Last year, I was able to take part myself, but I am back to needing a sponsor again this year.

Please consider sponsoring an unemployed teacher addicted to books. I've had such fun the last two years.

Nov 20, 2012, 12:09am Top

I'll get kcrisell covered.

Nov 20, 2012, 12:40pm Top

I've covered pmarshall and lydiasbooks. Happy SantaThing everyone :)

Nov 20, 2012, 8:40pm Top

I hate to ask because I have been sponsored before but times have been so hard. I am a stay at home mother and my husband only has part time work, he has tried so hard to find something else and we just literally have all our needs and never really our wants. SantaThing is my most favorite time of year and I couldn't imagine not being apart of it... Books are my favorite thing in the world, is there anyone out there willing to sponsor me and my son? If not me, please my son, I want to give him the world. :(

Edited: Nov 23, 2012, 3:28pm Top

I am looking to be sponsored this year, I wish I didn't have too but I really don't want to miss out.

Nov 20, 2012, 8:46pm Top

I wouldn't mind being sponsored if there is still room. Merry Christmas all

Nov 20, 2012, 9:07pm Top

Well, since this is how we're doing it this year: I too am hoping to be sponsored. I love SantaThing (picking books for other people is at least as much fun as getting my own!) but I'm unemployed and can't afford it by myself.

Thanks to everyone who's sponsoring!

Edited: Nov 20, 2012, 10:18pm Top

I would love to be sponsored this year. Living on one income is hard (as you all know and I also have a 1 year old), and sometimes it's just fun to be able to join in! Thank you.

Nov 20, 2012, 10:19pm Top

I know how you feel, my son is one years old too.

Nov 20, 2012, 10:21pm Top

Leahbird, my mom just told me that she is going to sponsor my son.

Nov 20, 2012, 10:40pm Top

Thanks a million, MerryMary. I guess we'll be in touch :)

Edited: Nov 21, 2012, 11:02am Top

I would very much appreciate a sponsorship this year. I, too, had hoped to be able to sponsor this year, but I cannot.
Since last year, I lost my home and spent 7 months in a shelter here in NYC. I now have an apartment of my own, but my funds are very tight.

Many thanks to anyone who can see fit to sponsor me, and thank you leahbird for starting this thread.

Nov 21, 2012, 3:28pm Top

I've got bluesalamanders covered.

Nov 21, 2012, 5:56pm Top

I can sponsor ladylenneth.

Nov 21, 2012, 9:41pm Top

Thanks, harmen, and thanks again to all the sponsors!

Nov 22, 2012, 10:23am Top

Paypal is playing hard to get for me at the moment. So I guess I might not be joining you guys this year. Anyway / either way, a hearty Yo-ho-ho to all of you.

Nov 22, 2012, 2:40pm Top

I would very much appreciate a sponsorship. I wish I could sponsor someone else, but being disabled and living on a fixed income I can't afford to. I love to read, but can not squeeze the price of books into the budget. Thank you to all the sponsors

Nov 22, 2012, 3:24pm Top

We've got just a week to go before the sign-up deadline! That's just 7 (and a bit) more days to make someone's Christmas wishes come true!

Edited: Nov 24, 2012, 11:33am Top

I'm sponsoring jthelwell - private message with transaction/receipt number coming shortly!

Nov 24, 2012, 6:03pm Top

Deep thankfulness and gratitude to majkia for sponsoring both myself and my daughter.

In fact, thanks to all of you who are sponsoring someone this year. You are an integral part of what makes LibraryThing such a vibrant, amazing community with genuine spirit and it warms my heart this (and every) holiday season.

Nov 24, 2012, 6:33pm Top

Sahra you are so right, I feel so thankful to be sponsored to be apart of this and I hope everyone gets to have a chance to be apart of it.

Nov 24, 2012, 11:08pm Top

I was sponsored a few years ago and felt so blessed but have missed my chance to ask since. I hate to ask for a sponsor but I really do miss being a part of SantaThing. So if anyone is willing to sponsor me I would really appreciate it :-) I am disabled and not able to work so books are like a lifeline. Thank you to anyone who would be willing to sponsor me :-)

Nov 25, 2012, 12:59am Top

I will sponsor KimberlyGScott. Sent her a message.

Edited: Nov 25, 2012, 6:59pm Top

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Nov 25, 2012, 4:16am Top


If anybody is feeling generous, I would like to ask for a sponsorship for my four children. We are in the process of moving out of my MIL's house right now, so every spare cent is going on essentials like furniture, kitchen supplies, linen, moving costs etc. and there is no way I will have the money by the cut off date.

My eldest daughter (Butterfly) is fifteen and likes manga, historical romance, 'My Story' books and holocaust fiction.

My middle daughter (Annie) is eleven and likes twilight, dystopian novels and high fantasy.

My youngest daughter (Yasmine) is nine and is very much into goosebumps and similar books.

My son (Storm) is eight and is just learning to read chapter books. He likes goosebumps and choose-your-own adventure books.

I know four kids is a lot to sponsor and I will fully understand if people are unable or unwilling to do so. However, if you can, your generosity will be appreciated because my kids loved picking out books for people last year, as well as recieving something in return.


Nurture (^_^)

Edited: Nov 25, 2012, 7:10am Top

Thank you from the bottom of my heart nancy.kast.! I appreciate this so much. May God bless you and all of the sponsors.

Nov 25, 2012, 7:29pm Top

The two youngest of seldombites children may be covered, so don't worry about them for now. seldombites, check your private messages!

Nov 26, 2012, 4:10pm Top

Only take this into consideration once the others are sponsored. I'm going to post a picture of my friend and her boy but she doesn't have alot of money and she a newlywed. She has had the year from hell, she just found out she is menopausal and can't have any more kids at 26, she just finished her cancer treatment for having vaginal and rectal cancer. She just found a tumor in her finger that just got removed she has endured so much pain, if you can sponsor her son it would be the world to her. (Only of seldom kids get sponsored.)

Nov 26, 2012, 6:22pm Top


Thank you so much for sponsoring my two youngest kids. They were absolutely thrilled to find out they are able to participate. They are already constantly questioning when they get to pick books for someone. They enjoy that part even more than recieving their own books!

We are all very grateful for your generosity. I hope that, next year, I will be in a position to pass on your kindness by being a sponsor myself.

Thank you.


Edited: Nov 26, 2012, 6:42pm Top

I am going to give my mystery sponsorship to ladylenneth's friend, we talked about her in private message. I work sometimes close to 70 hours a week and hardly get to read and even though I love books this little boy needs it more then me. I am very thankful for my mystery donor and hope they understand this is what I felt God wanted me to do, God bless you whoever you are once again.

Seldombites I really hope your other two kids get sponsored as well!

Nov 26, 2012, 6:49pm Top

I'll get bladereaper12, xhollishx and pausanias covered - working on messages and paypal payments now. :)

Nov 26, 2012, 7:49pm Top

Thank you, AnnieMod I got the message.

Nov 26, 2012, 7:55pm Top

As always, YOU GUYS ROCK!

Nov 26, 2012, 7:57pm Top

I know I have never meet so kind and caring people then I have found on LibraryThing :)

Nov 27, 2012, 11:15pm Top


Thank you so much to xorscape for sponsoring my eldest two daughters. They will be so happy to know that they can participate after all. Everybody has been so generous here. I hope Karma doesn't take too long rewarding you for your kindness.

Thank you,

seldombites (^_^)

Nov 28, 2012, 1:42am Top

If noone else has sponsored seldombites' younger kids, we'll take them on.

Nov 28, 2012, 4:57am Top

>48 by anglemark, Someone already took them on several posts up

Nov 28, 2012, 5:16am Top

Ah right. Thanks.

Nov 28, 2012, 12:43pm Top

If there is a spare sponsorship floating around, I would love to sign up for my sister - she's a part-time librarian and it would be a great surprise for her.

Nov 28, 2012, 4:49pm Top

Sure, we'll cover her.

Nov 28, 2012, 5:56pm Top

Thank you!

Nov 28, 2012, 6:11pm Top

Does this work as it has in previous years - that your sponsor leaves the PP information as a private message for you? I'm just curious b/c I haven't heard anything from my sponsor, and tomorrow's the last day to sign up.

Nov 28, 2012, 6:32pm Top

>54 Esquiress:

Yes, this is how it is supposed to work,. Drop a message to your sponsor?

Nov 28, 2012, 6:41pm Top

You just did, kcrisell!! I'll get on it tonight. (I've been distracted, sorry)

Nov 28, 2012, 7:11pm Top

On that note, has everyone else been in contact?

Nov 28, 2012, 11:03pm Top

I hate to bring another one to the table so late but I was wondering if there is one more kind soul out there. I was wondering if anyone could sponsor my little 13 year old brother, he loves comic books.

Nov 29, 2012, 8:43am Top

> 58

hi bladereaper12 :) if your brother doesnt have a sponsor yet, i'd love to sponsor him. im a comic book lover myself too :) if it becomes too late for the santa thing registration, id be glad to setup another arrangement.

Edited: Nov 29, 2012, 4:08pm Top

SantaThing sign-up ends in a little over 5 hours. Sponsors, make sure you've sent your recipient their transaction number. Recipients, make sure you've actually registered. Remember, your transaction number DOES NOT MEAN you've registered. You have to do that through the SantaThing page.

Hope everyone is all set for THE FUN TO BEGIN!

Nov 29, 2012, 2:04pm Top

I am getting so excited!!

Dec 1, 2012, 7:51pm Top

I didn't find out about this page until SantaThing sign-up was over. Next year, could the link to the Sponsorship Thread be more noticeable on the sign up page?

Dec 1, 2012, 8:47pm Top

The only problem is that sponsorship is a member driven thing, not actually run by LT staff. They promoted it on the blog and in the main thread.

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