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Edited: Dec 6, 2015, 8:14am Top

It is that time of year again! Every year we have some LibraryThing members who want to help those in need also be able to participate in SantaThing and every year my mind has been blown with how caring and compassionate everyone is!

Please feel free to request a donation! If anyone wants to give a secret donation please feel free to message me and I will keep your donation a secret!

Please feel free to ask me any questions!

How to make a Donation!

You go to the SantaThing page! (http://www.librarything.com/santathing.php ) and select the amount that you would like to donate! You follow the steps of paypal until you get a PayPal transaction code. Listed bellow are people in need of donation! You send the code to someone In Need of Donation or you can send it to me and I will give it to the next person in need. If you want your name listed as a Donator please let me know!

In Need of Donation:

Received Donation

Candice_oxo's grandmother
callmecayce (Bluesalamander sister)
Sahra's Daughter Liberty
Sahra's Daughter Verity
Morphidae's husband
AshleyAJohns's Son
pausanias's sister
pausanias's niece
Sangreal’s coworker
FinnyB's Husband

Pending Possible Donation:


Important Links!

Blog post: http://blog.librarything.com/main/2015/11/santathing-2015/

Talk post: http://www.librarything.com/topic/205998

And regular ol' SantaThing page: http://www.librarything.com/santathing.php

For official SantaThing questions please feel free to message http://www.librarything.com/profile/lorannen .

After some thinking I wanted to add this to the official donation post. Please be considerate and if you receive a donation directly from another member please at least take the time to acknowledge and thank them. This donation thread would not be alive without people who are willing to buy extra entries so people who can't can be apart of this magical event can.

Nov 24, 2015, 12:50pm Top

I would love to be able to join SantaThing, for my 4 year old son. I hate to ask but we could really use a donation this year. My son loves to have books read to him and loves to act out what he has seen in the books... My son is autistic so his interests are very limited. Dinosaurs are our life.

Nov 24, 2015, 1:30pm Top

>1 mellymel171328: I just messaged you. I can't remember how donating works, but I can donate this year.

Nov 24, 2015, 1:32pm Top

Edited: Nov 24, 2015, 5:22pm Top

Hi everyone, I wasn't going to ask for help this year, since I usually pay my way in each time SantaThing rolls around (under the username InfectiousOptimist- seasons greetings again, everyone, good to see you!), but ladylenneth wrote me a beautiful message reminding me how benevolent our community truly is here. So, I'd like to ask that if there are any donation funds left over near the end of the SantaThing sign-up period, if I can participate and receive some books. I want to make sure that any newcomers do get to participate first though, since I was able to afford participating and experience the magic in the past. I want everyone to get a chance!

Also, if there are additional funds for my Grandmother, I'd love to surprise her with some books. She's been my angel this year.

And one more thought- is there a way to nominate other members to receive books?

Nov 24, 2015, 2:21pm Top

I could please use help with Santathing this year thank you. Maureen

Nov 24, 2015, 2:48pm Top

Not new to SantaThing, but new to the donations thread, I have no idea how this works.
I am considering making a donation, but can't find any information on how to do that.

Please if I didn't look well enough, just point me to where I can find it.

Nov 24, 2015, 3:08pm Top

I'm good for donations but not until Dec 4th. I'll keep checking back here to see if you still need donors by then. This is always my favorite part of SantaThing each year!

Edited: Nov 24, 2015, 3:19pm Top

>7 BoekenTrol71: Please feel free to message me withat any questions you have.

Nov 24, 2015, 3:25pm Top

>7 BoekenTrol71: To donate, I think you pay up as you normally would but then give your paypal code to the giftee. The giftee would then sign up for Santa Thing himself or herself, using the payment code that you provided.

Nov 24, 2015, 3:26pm Top

>8 leahbird: I will let you know!

>7 BoekenTrol71: >10 lindapanzo: this is correct.

Nov 24, 2015, 4:51pm Top

I wanted to see if I could get a donation. I'm a single mom with a 4 year old and Christmas is hard on us. Thank you for considering me!

Nov 24, 2015, 5:14pm Top

I'd appreciate a donation, if possible. A series of unfortunate events (see what I did there?) wrecked my fall finances.

Nov 24, 2015, 5:26pm Top

I've messaged @ladylenneth but just marking the thread here as a donator. Bring on the festive book cheer for everyone! Ho!Ho!Ho!

Nov 24, 2015, 5:27pm Top

Thank you all who are donating- and to those who are asking for donations, enjoy the magic!

Nov 24, 2015, 5:44pm Top

I'd like to be a donor elf.

Not sure about the procedure. Do I get a private message with someone's Pay Pal account info and put money directly into it, or do I go to an Amazon wish list and fulfill directly that way, or what?

I'm a dumb elf.

Nov 24, 2015, 5:50pm Top

>16 Limelite: you are not dumb! You just go to the SantaThing page and you sign up for the amount you wish to donate. You follow the steps and at the end you will be given a PayPal transaction code! You copy that code and give it to the person in need of donation.

Nov 24, 2015, 6:15pm Top

>17 mellymel171328: You'll probably be asked about this a LOT, lol. Maybe you could include the "How to Donate" info in your initial post.

Nov 24, 2015, 6:16pm Top

>18 Jenni_Canuck: good idea though I don't mind explaining it as much as I need too. :)

Nov 24, 2015, 7:20pm Top

>17 mellymel171328:
Mercy buckets!

Edited: Nov 24, 2015, 7:57pm Top

Like the first poster, I have a 4-year-old son with autism. Last year someone from here adopted him and got him books he still reads to this day. We'd love to continue this, if possible.
(Hit send too soon) He loves books with numbers (he is obsessed with numbers) and he loves Pete the Cat, although we own a ton of them already. He is learning how to sight read and is inordinately fascinated with school buses :) His pic is in my profile.

Nov 24, 2015, 7:56pm Top

>21 amandacb: On the list. :)

Edited: Nov 24, 2015, 8:00pm Top

>21 amandacb:

Check your messages and happy holidays!

>22 mellymel171328:
You can move her to the other side of the list :)

Nov 24, 2015, 8:02pm Top

>23 AnnieMod: Thank you!!

Nov 24, 2015, 8:03pm Top

If I have not listed you on the a person who wants to be mentioned for a donation please message me!

Nov 24, 2015, 9:12pm Top

I hate asking, but I've been out of work over a year, and while I'm looking, I don't think I'm going to be able to do much this year. If there's anybody who is willing to help, I'd appreciate it.

Nov 24, 2015, 9:17pm Top

>26 katster: check your inbox.

Nov 25, 2015, 12:18pm Top

I have always hated to ask but due to living paycheck to paycheck I need to ask for a donation again.

Nov 25, 2015, 12:46pm Top

I'm asking for a donation for myself, and one for my sister (LT user callmecayce).

Nov 25, 2015, 1:03pm Top

>9 mellymel171328: Solved the confusion. :-)

Nov 25, 2015, 1:11pm Top

Nov 25, 2015, 1:29pm Top

Thank you! And thanks to everyone who's donating!

Nov 25, 2015, 2:20pm Top

If anyone would be so kind as to help me out with a donation. Hubby is on medical, and they decided to cut us back on it this year for reasons we still have yet to figure out. I'm a total bookworm, but also a mom of 3 girls, so my interests come last 90% of the time. :) Thankyou so very much!

Nov 25, 2015, 2:41pm Top

Thank you!!! :)

Nov 25, 2015, 2:46pm Top

>33 JacobsBeloved: I know how you feel. I have been on disability for a little over 11 years and they are so hard to work with. I struggle month to month especially have two kids because any extra funds go to them. Then Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with kids is insane! Then on top of that! My son decided to be born in January so I still have to buy Birthday gifts! lol Your on the list :)

Edited: Nov 25, 2015, 3:03pm Top

>33 JacobsBeloved: & >35 mellymel171328: Happy to pick you up JacobsBeloved. Will message you a code in the morning. Ho!Ho!Ho!

Nov 25, 2015, 3:16pm Top

Thank you so much to whoever donated for me!

Nov 25, 2015, 4:29pm Top

Thankyou so much!!!

Edited: Nov 25, 2015, 6:31pm Top

Hello friends.
I am requesting a donation for myself.

In the past year I was dx with Hashimoto's disease. Basically an autoimmune disease where your body treats your thyroid as an enemy.
It's A relief to finally know what is going on.

I have written this message about 15 times and each time have deleted it and exited the page.

Once everyone else is taken care of & if there's anything extra can you please consider me?

I love to read. I always have. Reading has honestly kept me from going bonkers throughout all of this craziness.

Thank you for allowing me to apply. And much love to everybody who has donated and has received donations for themselves or their children or loved ones.

My name on LT is BellasShelf

Nov 25, 2015, 6:52pm Top

>39 BellasShelf: I have never had a year where someone was left behind. :)

Edited: Nov 26, 2015, 12:45am Top

Hi everyone,

I am new to librarything and am super excited to get to experience this site and the wonderful community.

I am a struggling college student who is majoring in Elementary education. I am asking for a donation so that I can provide books for my future classroom. I was a struggling reader in elementary school who developed a love for reading because of a wonderful reading specialist. Since then I know the treasure that lies within the pages of every book I want to make sure my classroom is stuffed with books so that my students can experience the wonderful adventures in every book.

If there is anyone in the community who is wanting to donate I would be beyond ecstatic! If I am lucky enough to be picked to receive a donation, the generous soul would be helping not only myself but every student I will ever have in my classroom.

I hope everyone who asks for donations is matched with a giving soul. Happy holidays everyone! Keep turning those pages :)

Nov 26, 2015, 1:50am Top

BellaShelf can be taken off the list...

Nov 26, 2015, 1:52am Top

I've asked and received SantaThing donations for my two children for the last few years. Each year I've hoped to be able to afford to be one of the people sponsoring someone. I don't want to be making this post even more in 2015, because this year I come to you with sadness and heartbreak and living every parent's worst nightmare, asking for my daughters to be sponsored.

My girls are Liberty (aged 5) and Verity (3 in January). On August 25/26, Liberty was diagnosed with Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a terminal cancer of the pons (brainstem). Within two weeks, she could no longer walk, barely move, talk, or swallow and only has the use of one eye which only goes up and down. She has been "locked in" for two and a half months. One of the things she has always enjoyed, but even more so now, is having books read to her. This is probably my sweet Liberty's last holiday season, and as a result, the last time I will be able to participate in SantaThing for her. (I don't know if external links will work here, but if they do, you can go to https://www.facebook.com/LibertysBattleWithDIPG/ for more information.)

Verity also really enjoys books and likes pretending to read to her sister. It's the closest thing she can do to playing with Liberty.

I'm disabled, on SSI, and I'm in hell. I'm having trouble dealing with this holiday season but I hope to have the opportunity to participate in SantaThing for some piece of normalcy. Thanks.

Nov 26, 2015, 2:02am Top

>43 sahra: I have remembered you in past LibraryThings and I remember your girls. Being both disabled I understand how hard it is month to month. I am so deeply sorry about Liberty! My heart deeply goes out to you and I know without a doubt she will get a sponsor.

Nov 26, 2015, 11:11am Top

Hello. :)

I want to ask for a donation for my best friend. She doesn't have a LibraryThing account, but she is a huge bookworm.
My best friend is going through a very hard time right now, after her father's death, her mother decided to send her to live with her grandmother. Because of her depression and her suicidal thoughts she is going to the mental hospital in a few days. She will have to stay there for more than three months, so I want her to get something that could cheer her up.
She really loves Doctor Who, Harry Potter and Sherlock by the way.

I've made an email address for her, so that people can send her messages and codes for stuff if they want to: ' cheerupforchristmas@gmail.com '

Thank you for your help.

Nov 26, 2015, 11:58am Top

>45 BloodyMaryShelley: If she does get a sponsor it would be you signing up for her. We also do one donation per person too. :)

Nov 26, 2015, 1:09pm Top

sahra and her children can be taken off the list.

Nov 26, 2015, 1:57pm Top

>47 zjakkelien: thank you so much.

Nov 26, 2015, 2:02pm Top

I'll update the list when I get home. :)

Edited: Nov 26, 2015, 5:21pm Top

tl;dr We're broke. A donation for my husband and I would be greatly appreciated.

Since July 1st, it's been he*l*l. I was in the hospital then rehab for over a month for back and knee pain that was so bad I couldn't walk. Then I had two hospitalizations for suicidal depression. Ended up finding out it was because of some of the meds they put me on because of the back and knee pain! The depression was so bad that they were going to give me ECT, so they took me off some of the meds that can prevent seizures. Lo and behold, I woke up one morning (before the treatment) and felt just fine!

Then I suffered for weeks with viral arthritis.

Saturday, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The funny thing is, my mom and I have, in the past, laughingly called this the "Santa Claus" disease because it's "made up" just like he is. But I was doing research about some urinary issues I was having and it came up as one possible diagnosis. I did some research on fibro and I have MANY of the symptoms. More fool us!

When I talked to the doctor, she immediately agreed I had it. She believed I have had it for awhile but didn't tell me because many people get depressed when hearing it as there is no cure. But I was RELIEVED. I finally have an explanation for all the pain! No more urgent care visits where they can't find anything wrong! (Lose weight.) No more frequent flyer visits to the emergency room! (Go see a therapist.)

Now if I have pain, as long as it isn't incapacitating or last more than a couple days, I can FREAKING STAY HOME!

I'm on disability. We are applying for disability for my husband. He can't get work in his field because of the loss of his eye due to cancer and he hasn't been able to find any other work. We're at the point of getting food from food shelves, etc.

I ask for a donation for both me and MrMorphy. There aren't going to be any presents this year. Not even from my usually very generous mom and stepfather as they are broke too and she just had major abdominal surgery. It's going to be three to six months minimum before we hear any thing from Social Security and most apps get denied on the first run through though we are hoping for the best.

Nov 26, 2015, 6:40pm Top

>50 Morphidae: I didn't see this before I messaged you! Consider yourself picked up Morphy ... Mr Morphy too.

Nov 26, 2015, 6:48pm Top

>51 klarusu: I already sent them a couple codes.

Edited: Nov 27, 2015, 2:53am Top

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Nov 26, 2015, 8:09pm Top

Thank you so much :)
I saw the email tonight & am so happy!
I appreciate it so much!

Nov 26, 2015, 11:07pm Top

I'd like to know how it works as well. Do we donate books or money and how?

Nov 26, 2015, 11:09pm Top

Do you still need a donation?

Nov 26, 2015, 11:13pm Top

>55 lispylibrarian: are you asking for a donation or wanting to give one?

Nov 26, 2015, 11:17pm Top

I am requesting a donation for myself and my son (BabyRowen). Money is tight and I would appreciate any help.

Edited: Nov 26, 2015, 11:45pm Top

>21 amandacb: just wanted to send you a quick *hugs* from one autism mama to another

Nov 26, 2015, 11:34pm Top

Just wanted to say a quick Thank you to not only the person who has opened their hearts and is sponsoring my son but to all the other donator as well!

Nov 27, 2015, 4:56am Top

I go by Gunslinger2 not because I am dangerous but because I like western movies. I am asking for a donation for myself. I am over 50 and on SSDI for cancer (2years now) and a mental illness I've had since age 28. I am on a limited income that is difficult to stretch 4 to 5 weeks. I have now been unemployed for 2 years.

I would like to ask for a donation of a modernized version Bible and a book "Heaven" by Randy Alcorn. I also like books on "Beading" and "How to make Books".

Any donation from Santa Thing members would be appreciated. Thank you.

Nov 28, 2015, 2:45am Top

I'd like to ask for a donation this year. Suffice to say it's been a rough couple of years and the thing that gets me through is having a book to read. Thanks in advance to all the wonderful Santa Thing members who are helping out!

Nov 28, 2015, 12:53pm Top

>62 Neverwithoutabook: check your inbox.

Nov 29, 2015, 10:45pm Top

This has been an amazing year for Donations. I still have two donations waiting for a home! I wanted to thank the sponsors for being so generous and I am humbled each year that I have had the pleasure of running the donation thread.

Nov 29, 2015, 10:52pm Top

I am so happy that I have not missed SantaThing this year. I was really bummed last year to not have been free enough from my hospital stay to sign up. Although I do need a donation. I was really hoping to be able to pay for my own this year but I just didn't figure in the cost of Cardiac rehab and more hospital stays. Although I do have the energy to read a ton more now :-) This event is the greatest thing in the history of book lovers. I just love the books my Secret Santa's send me. I have discovered some really great new authors this way :-)

Nov 29, 2015, 11:02pm Top

>65 pausanias: I sent you a message.

Nov 30, 2015, 12:19am Top

Thank you for your donation to me. I really appreciate it.

Nov 30, 2015, 4:05am Top

I would really appreciate a donation (so embarrassing just to ask) if there is no room left for me I understand. Thank you for taking your time to do this. Y'all are awesome

Nov 30, 2015, 8:29am Top

>68 AngelaFries: I have one for you but can't get it out to you until I get home in a few hours.

Nov 30, 2015, 5:14pm Top

I am asking for a donation this year. It has been a hard year for me emotionally and financially, without books I really don't know how I would get through. It is my first year on LibraryThing and hopefully the only year I have to ask for a donation. I would love to be able to participate and donate next year.

I am also asking for my sister. She is currently studying to be an elementary school teacher, works as a teachers aid for 1st grade and a day care working in the after school program. She is going to Italy for 4 months as a part of her schooling to teach English and I would love to get her the 5th wave book by Rick Yancey as a Christmas gift before she leaves.

Nov 30, 2015, 6:11pm Top

>70 jds256: I have you on the list now I am out of my inbox codes but I know there have been a couple people watching the thread waiting to personally give codes. :)

Nov 30, 2015, 7:06pm Top

>70 jds256: sent you a message.

Nov 30, 2015, 9:15pm Top

Thank you so so much to who ever donated. I can't wait to get my sister her book

Nov 30, 2015, 9:16pm Top

Thank you so much for the donation this year. I was wondering if it would be possible to sign up my sister and my niece? My sister and her family had to move in with us this summer because the jobs they had were ended when the property my brother-in-law was managing was sold without notice. They thought they had a job down here and they moved in with us temporarily till the paperwork was signed and they could move to the property to manage it. The owner kept changing the terms and putting off the move in date and it got crazy. Basically the job fell through because the owner of the property wanted someone there who he didn't have to pay who would do whatever he wanted without question. My brother-in-law just got a new job a little out of town, but he has only been there a week and all of their savings are gone. So they aren't really going to have much of a Christmas this year. I was hoping that someone might donate for my sister and my niece who are the readers in the family. Although my sister reads everything out loud to my brother-in-law and they have great book discussions while he makes them all dinner :-) it is very sweet :-) My niece was recently restricted on how many library books she could check out to only what she can hold herself. As a six year old that was a bit disappointing, but at least she isn't cleaning out the kids section of the library all the time now:-) Anyway, they don't have a LibraryThing account, but I can easily get the information anyone needs since I am in-house :-)

Nov 30, 2015, 9:52pm Top

>74 pausanias: I added them to the list.

Dec 1, 2015, 6:35am Top

>75 mellymel171328: & >74 pausanias: I will make a donation to both.

Dec 1, 2015, 9:54am Top

>76 crazy4reading: Thank you! :)

Dec 1, 2015, 11:31am Top

I've sent devlindusty a PM with a code, but have heard nothing back, and as far as I can see, she has not signed up for SantaThing. If anyone knows her, or sees her on LT, please let her know her code is waiting.

Dec 2, 2015, 12:10pm Top

I'm asking for a donation for my co-worker Lilia. I thought I would be able to sponsor her this year, but unfortunately I've had a setback that means I can't.

She usually doesn't have much in the way of presents, and she is an avid reader. She was sponsored last year, and couldn't stop commenting on the generosity of LibraryThingers. I still haven't been able to get her on here though!

I would really appreciate if she can be sponsored this year. Thanks in advance!

Dec 2, 2015, 2:03pm Top

>79 sangreal: I'll get her on the list soon. I've had an off the wall crazy day today so I'm a little behind!

Dec 3, 2015, 7:30am Top

>79 sangreal: Sent you a message :)

Dec 3, 2015, 7:40am Top

>81 mellymel171328: Thanks so much. I really appreciate this, and she will too :) Thanks also to the wonderful persons on LT who are donating.

Dec 3, 2015, 6:50pm Top

I feel a little silly asking for a donation, but I want to take part and can’t afford it. I’m in my last year of college and money has been tight. I’ve been working 40 hours a week and doing school full time trying to pay my bills. If I ever get spare time, I read. I just feel so lucky that one of my jobs is in a library where I get to read the kind of books I enjoy as part of my job! If anyone would like to donate, I would be so grateful forever. Next year after I graduate, I hope to have a job and sponsor someone else!

Dec 3, 2015, 7:46pm Top

>83 vivirielle: Your taken care of! Sent a message

Dec 5, 2015, 8:12am Top

If anyone would be willing to donate I'd be very grateful. I thought I might be able to do it this year but no, bills came in and I'm sunk.

Dec 5, 2015, 9:06am Top

>85 wyvernfriend: your on the list.

Dec 5, 2015, 10:10am Top


Dec 5, 2015, 11:36am Top

>87 wyvernfriend: sent you a message.

Dec 5, 2015, 12:29pm Top

I'd love to get a donation, too, ideally one for me and one for my husband. Without such, it doesn't look like we'll be having much of a Christmas here, as we had to use all our savings a month ago to replace our fridge, washer, dryer, and water heater, all of which ceased functioning within a two week period. So I'd really appreciate a donation or two, so we could each have a little something to look forward to for the holidays.

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Edited: Dec 5, 2015, 1:02pm Top

>89 FinnyB: Have you on the list now. :)

Dec 5, 2015, 1:28pm Top

I might be slow to respond today. I have come down with a head cold bit I promise I will still answer any questions!

Dec 6, 2015, 11:07am Top

I can't believe SantaThing is nearing a close tomorrow. What an amazing donation thread this year. Thank you to all the Donators and secret Donators I am floored with how generous librarything members are and I am so thankful I get to run this thread. If anyone has any questions I am here to answer them!

Dec 7, 2015, 11:20am Top

I'm here if anyone has any questions.

Dec 7, 2015, 5:34pm Top

Sign ups are officially over! What an amazing SantaThing this year with so many giving people! Thank you all who donated! I look forward to seeing what books you all get!

Happy SantaThing!

Dec 8, 2015, 2:11pm Top

Thanks so much for taking this on, again, ladylenneth. I know it's a lot of work, but I love so much that LTer's are generous when they can be and that many people will be reading new books on Christmas morning.

Dec 9, 2015, 1:32am Top

>95 RidgewayGirl: it's a pleasure and I'm so thankful I have the time to do it. :)

Dec 9, 2015, 9:47pm Top

>96 mellymel171328:
I echo >95 RidgewayGirl:.
The giving isn't quite as much fun as the receiving, but it sure comes close!

Edited: Dec 9, 2015, 9:55pm Top

>97 Limelite:

I disagree on the last sentiment - giving is as much fun as receiving if not more actually. :)

Dec 10, 2015, 6:38am Top

Giving is absolutely a lot of fun, but I must admit that giving in person tops this giving-at-a-distance. Love to see surprised, shiby faces.

Dec 12, 2015, 10:11am Top

I just want to thank the benevolent givers behind a lot of the SantaThing fun this year. Thank you so much for sharing with all of us. LibraryThing is full of good people! Happy holidays to you and your families. Xoxo

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