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1mellymel171328
Edited: Nov 22, 2016, 11:22am Top

It is great pleasure to kick off SantaThing's 2016 donation thread!

**After some thought about the concerns raised around donations this year, we've decided to adjust to our policy regarding SantaThing donations. Members will be eligible for SantaThing donations if they meet the following two criteria:

- They must have been a member for at least two months (so, their account must have been created no later than September 15, 2016).
- They must have at least 50 books cataloged in their account.*

*Suggestions! If you are in a rut with this one and unsure how to get your book amount up try this! Add books to your wishlist or books you have read but do not own. As long as the overall count is over 50 then you are good to go!

The former is not easy to get around, but it is fairly easy to add more books to one's account if you're not quite at the 50 book threshold yet. Should someone in this situation request a donation, either ladylenneth or lorannen will contact them directly to encourage them to beef up their catalog first.

I'm sorry that it's come to this, but we had to draw the line somewhere. Donating members have expressed valid concerns over the years about donations going to accounts that are essentially empty, which additionally makes the recipient very difficult to pick gifts for. I welcome feedback about this shift in policy.

This is not to say that donating members cannot personally decide to offer a donation to a brand-new member requesting one. Just that this thread will not be putting members on the list who don't meet these criteria.**

Please feel free to ask if you are in need of a donation! If you want to become a secret santa and give an anonymous donation please feel free to message me directly. :)

Important links!
Blog post: http://blog.librarything.com/main/2016/11/santathing-2016/
Talk topic: http://www.librarything.com/topic/240526
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

Happy SantaThing everyone!

**Please read, very important.

Please any questions contact me: I will answer to the best of my ability.
http://www.librarything.com/profile/ladylenneth

Please send any questions to: for official librarything and santathing questions.
http://www.librarything.com/profile/lorannen

2mellymel171328
Edited: Dec 2, 2016, 10:46am Top

Donators! (Thank you!)

southernbooklady
klarusu
BoekenTrol71
avanders
mooingzelda
Momonaco
andejons

In need of donation:

pending a Donation:

Received Donation:

JacobsBeloved
Yannie109
Kkelm22
christopher.kyle1706
bookreadingfreak
fodc041212
tddfd0602
kykim
ebanksrandy
amandacb
Candice_oxo
Morphidae
sangreal
sangreal's coworker
irlhalte
Jthelwell
Dabacfa
BloodyMaryShelley
AmberTew
theodarling
gentlespirit512
FinnyB
fabaceae
lovetoread13
BellasShelf
Jessica_H_96
pausanias x3 (niece and sister)
mike1990
Devlindusty
AshleyAJohns
BabyRowen
xhollishx
xhollishx's son
finallycj
jennparm
Karen Reese
Masterdeski
jenniferchronister
KarenElissa
AngelaFries

3lorannen
Nov 18, 2016, 1:53pm Top

>2 mellymel171328: Excellent idea! And as always, thank you so so much for managing the Donations thread again. You are fantastic!

4mellymel171328
Nov 18, 2016, 2:01pm Top

>3 lorannen: it's my pleasure. :)

5JacobsBeloved
Edited: Nov 18, 2016, 3:31pm Top

Oh joy, Santathing is up! This is one of my favorite things to look forward to each year, as it's the only time I get any new books! As usual, I can't afford the cost of participation because husband is on medical and we have 3 young ones, but I would be so happy to have a sponsor! Thank you!

Taken! Thankyou again!

6mellymel171328
Nov 18, 2016, 3:10pm Top

>5 JacobsBeloved: Message Sent

7klarusu
Nov 18, 2016, 4:03pm Top

>1 mellymel171328: Count me in to sponsor a Santee - I'll leave the matching magic to you!

8mellymel171328
Nov 18, 2016, 4:23pm Top

>7 klarusu: Will do :) I can either let you know when I need one or you can give me the code. :) I put it in a list and give them out in the order I receive them.

9Yannie109
Nov 18, 2016, 8:34pm Top

I just discovered this and would love to participate in Santathing, but I don't have the money to do so.

10kkelm22
Nov 18, 2016, 8:42pm Top

Money is tight this year, am hoping to try and get a donation for my autistic son Rylan who is 5. He loves being read to and I have really been hoping to find him books all about emotions and being friends.

11mellymel171328
Nov 18, 2016, 11:53pm Top

>9 Yannie109: sent you a message! :) >10 kkelm22: sent >7 klarusu: a message about picking you up. :)

12christopher.kyle1706
Nov 19, 2016, 9:34am Top

Would love to participate but do not have the money to do so, please help !

13mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2016, 9:40am Top

>12 christopher.kyle1706: have you on the list now. :)

14bookreadingfreak
Nov 19, 2016, 9:41am Top

I have no money and I would love for someone to sponsor me----Im so sorry I just love books and dont want to miss out on this wonderful giving, thanks

15fodc041212
Nov 19, 2016, 9:42am Top

I would love to be added to receive donation I have hit a bump in the road and sadly cant participate this year. Please

-fodc041212

16christopher.kyle1706
Edited: Nov 19, 2016, 9:47am Top

This message has been deleted by its author.

17mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2016, 9:45am Top

>14 bookreadingfreak: That is what the donation thread is for :)

18mellymel171328
Edited: Nov 19, 2016, 9:49am Top

>15 fodc041212: got you added too! :)

19christopher.kyle1706
Nov 19, 2016, 9:46am Top

am I added?

20mellymel171328
Edited: Nov 19, 2016, 9:49am Top

>19 christopher.kyle1706: yes, if you look at the second post you will see your name under Need a Donation.

21tddfd0602
Nov 19, 2016, 9:49am Top

Would like to be added to receive donation as well money is tight and I am not able to participate in santathing this year but love young adult novels. =)

22mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2016, 9:51am Top

>21 tddfd0602: Got you added :)

23christopher.kyle1706
Nov 19, 2016, 9:51am Top

Im not sure where the second post is could you give me a link please?

24mellymel171328
Edited: Nov 19, 2016, 9:53am Top

>19 christopher.kyle1706: the first one is the informational and the second one in this thread is the in need of donation and those who have sponsored. I for some reason didn't save it correctly but you are now added. Sorry about that!

25kykim
Nov 19, 2016, 9:56am Top

I would be very appreciative if I could be added to the list needing a donation. I'm disabled and live on a fixed income, have a hard time purchasing books. But so love to read! Thank you

26mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2016, 10:06am Top

>25 kykim: I understand! I am in the same boat. :) Got you added to the list.

27mellymel171328
Edited: Nov 19, 2016, 11:36am Top

28ebanksrandy
Nov 19, 2016, 12:17pm Top

Would love to be added to the list

29tkyle0602
Edited: Nov 19, 2016, 2:41pm Top

This message has been deleted by its author.

30kykim
Nov 19, 2016, 12:25pm Top

Thank you so much! :)

31mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2016, 12:43pm Top

>29 tkyle0602: how many grandchildren do you have?

32mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2016, 12:44pm Top

33mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2016, 12:53pm Top

>28 ebanksrandy: Sent you a message.

34tkyle0602
Edited: Nov 19, 2016, 2:41pm Top

This message has been deleted by its author.

35.Monkey.
Nov 19, 2016, 3:07pm Top

>33 mellymel171328: Several of these names look like spam and I see at least two that have been removed. It's sad to have to say it but you may need to put some kind of qualifiers on this, like having been a member for X amount of time or some such. Because right now it looks like there's some people just trying to steal generosity.

36mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2016, 3:11pm Top

>35 .Monkey.: I am currently talking with lorannen about how to resolve this issue. We have had people join in the past just because a friend or family told them about LibraryThing and SantaThing and not being able to afford it was directed to this thread. I know I like to give people the shadow of the doubt. Out of the at least 6 years this donation thread as been ran this is the first time we have sadly ran into this. Thank you for pointing it out, it is being looked into.

37southernbooklady
Nov 19, 2016, 3:13pm Top

>35 .Monkey.: Jeez.

Given how quickly spammers are identified and removed here, maybe just a month would be sufficient? Or evidence of an active catalog?

38Lyndatrue
Nov 19, 2016, 3:13pm Top

>33 mellymel171328: and >35 .Monkey.: I concur with this. It's sad, but there it is. I'm not sure how to go about verifying accounts, but do agree that preference ought to be towards members that have been around for a bit (even 3 months seems adequate). This (the support of our members for SantaThing) is one of the kindest things there is about LT, and it makes me sad to see this.

39lorannen
Nov 19, 2016, 3:13pm Top

>35 .Monkey.: I understand your concern. Fortunately, I can tell from this end (and emailing with the member involved) that this is a misunderstanding that spiraled, rather than malicious intent to abuse SantaThing. I'll be getting things tidied up later today, and all should be well by this evening.

40avanders
Nov 19, 2016, 4:28pm Top

:'(
I'm so impressed with the generosity of "strangers" here, especially during what is for many a very trying time. So it makes me very sad to think about people spamming that generosity. That being said... can the PayPal code be used for anything other than LibraryThing'd Secret Santa?

In any event, thanks to both Lady Lenneth and Loranne for their attention to the matter and their efforts in general regarding such a joyous event for so many.

I am happy to be able to donate this year - Lady Lenneth I'll be in touch personally when I get it all together :)

41.Monkey.
Nov 19, 2016, 4:56pm Top

>39 lorannen: Glad you're taking care of everything, the generosity of this event is always lovely to see and I'd hate for that to be marred by anyone.

42amandacb
Nov 19, 2016, 5:15pm Top

I would love to participate. I've done it the last year and it was awesome!

43lorannen
Nov 19, 2016, 5:21pm Top

>40 avanders: That's a good question. I'm pleased to be able to say that, no, it's not a possibility. The way PayPal's API works, we're checking PayPal receipt numbers against, not just valid payments, but payments that have shown up in our specific account. That's at the very basic level. I don't know the SantaThing code, so I wouldn't be surprised if we're not checking them against other factors, as well—that's just the extent of my knowledge in that area.

Additionally, there's no other place on LT that uses this same system. Memberships (even gift memberships) work differently, so it's not like someone could take their donated SantaThing entry, turn around and use it on an LT membership or LT store purchase.

44mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2016, 5:40pm Top

>40 avanders: sounds great! :) >42 amandacb: I'm about to send you a message with a code.

45mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2016, 5:42pm Top

I think we need a laugh! This is my 5 year old Samuel instructions on how to cook a turkey. https://imgur.com/Agi83qT

46klarusu
Nov 19, 2016, 5:44pm Top

47mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2016, 5:46pm Top

>46 klarusu: I had posted it to reddit and someone is claiming their going to find a way to make it. haha

48southernbooklady
Nov 19, 2016, 5:53pm Top

>45 mellymel171328: Sprinkles! so that's what I've been doing wrong all this time!

49mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2016, 5:56pm Top

50lorannen
Nov 19, 2016, 6:03pm Top

>45 mellymel171328: This totally made my day.

51mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2016, 6:13pm Top

>50 lorannen: glad I could help.

52mellymel171328
Nov 20, 2016, 9:04am Top

Good morning Donation thread! Hope everyone is having a positive morning!

53mellymel171328
Edited: Nov 20, 2016, 9:45am Top

If anyone has any concerns still please reach out to me or >50 lorannen:. If I can not answer it I know >50 lorannen: can!

54avanders
Nov 20, 2016, 10:11am Top

>44 mellymel171328: Okay - private messages sent :)

>43 lorannen: That's great news! :)
Spammers are still bunk, but it's nice to know the system doesn't really allow for the donations to be used for anything other than SantaThing... regardless of the spammer's intent :)

55pkg427
Nov 20, 2016, 10:46am Top

Can you please tell me how to make a donation?

56mellymel171328
Nov 20, 2016, 11:05am Top

>55 pkg427: I'll send you a message.

57Candice_oxo
Nov 21, 2016, 12:31pm Top

Hi everyone! This is usually the highlight of my season- even more than receiving books, I love picking them for my Santee! I was sad this year that I may not get to pick because I can't afford to sign up. If I could perhaps go on the "in need of donation" list that would be so wonderful- but I want all children or children of Librarythingers to come before me! So maybe if you could leave me on the list for a while and make sure that they are all taken care of first, that would make me happy. I'm so grateful to be a part of such a humbly benevolent community. "Hanging out" with you guys during SantaThing always makes my season brighter.

58mellymel171328
Nov 21, 2016, 12:35pm Top

>57 Candice_oxo: for as long as I have ran this donation thread I have never seen one person go without a donation. I even have a couple already in my list to giveaway! :) I just sent you a message.

59Morphidae
Nov 21, 2016, 4:24pm Top

Hey, ladylenneth. I'm sure I'm a familiar name. *blush* MrMorphy doesn't need a donation this year but I sure would like one. I'm on disability and it's our only income. He was denied but his disability hearing should be next summer and with luck we're hoping that next year we'll actually be able to be able to participate on our own.

60irlhalte
Nov 21, 2016, 4:28pm Top

I would like to participate as money is tight this year, if you have any you would be able to donate.

61LibraryPerilous
Nov 21, 2016, 5:24pm Top

Hey, new or potential members:

If some of the comments on this thread make you a smidge shy about asking for help, please feel free to message me on my profile with a donation request.

I only can do two or three at the smallest $ level this year, but I will do my best to help if you don't feel like you can ask for help here.

Click here: @diana.n. Then scroll down the profile to "Post to your comment wall" and send me a private message.

Happy holidays and happy book giving and receiving!

62mellymel171328
Edited: Nov 22, 2016, 12:43am Top

>61 LibraryPerilous: you are an amazing person.

I am sorry I am not ignoring any of you. I am visiting with some family today but I will be in touch and reply to everything tonight.

63irlhalte
Nov 21, 2016, 10:54pm Top

How was your day are you back?

64lorannen
Nov 21, 2016, 10:56pm Top

>63 irlhalte: Please be patient. Ladylenneth runs this thread, which greatly helps us staffers around SantaThing time, out of the goodness of her heart, and in her own free time. She'll get back to you as soon as she can!

65mellymel171328
Nov 22, 2016, 3:02am Top

>59 Morphidae: No reason to be shy or bashful! This thread is to help those who for whatever reason can't do SantaThing so they can join! I got you on the list and I am sure I will have a code to you soon! I have been in your shoes too. Disability though an amazing program it is still very tight so I understand and I hope his hearing goes well. If you have any other questions please feel free to send me a message. Are you sure Mr Murphy doesn't want to join in this year?

>63 irlhalte: My day was good! I got to visit with my brother, which is very rare for us because he doesn't live very close. :) I hope you had a good day.

I have you both on the list now. :)

66mellymel171328
Nov 22, 2016, 9:42am Top

Good morning SantaThingers! I am back today! So please if anyone has any questions or concerns to please send me a message. :)

67mellymel171328
Nov 22, 2016, 10:47am Top

>59 Morphidae: I sent you a message. :)

68lorannen
Nov 22, 2016, 10:58am Top

After some thought about the concerns raised around donations this year, we've decided to adjust to our policy regarding SantaThing donations. Members will be eligible for SantaThing donations if they meet the following two criteria:

- They must have been a member for at least two months (so, their account must have been created no later than September 15, 2016).
- They must have at least 50 books cataloged in their account.

The former is not easy to get around, but it is fairly easy to add more books to one's account if you're not quite at the 50 book threshold yet. Should someone in this situation request a donation, either ladylenneth or I will contact them directly to encourage them to beef up their catalog first.

I'm sorry that it's come to this, but we had to draw the line somewhere. Donating members have expressed valid concerns over the years about donations going to accounts that are essentially empty, which additionally makes the recipient very difficult to pick gifts for. I welcome feedback about this shift in policy.

This is not to say that donating members cannot personally decide to offer a donation to a brand-new member requesting one. Just that this thread will not be putting members on the list who don't meet these criteria.

69Jenni_Canuck
Nov 22, 2016, 11:13am Top

>68 lorannen: I think this very reasonable policy is an excellent idea.

70mellymel171328
Nov 22, 2016, 11:13am Top

>68 lorannen: I have a question. :) would adding books to wishlist and books not owned but read count towards the 50?

71lorannen
Nov 22, 2016, 11:17am Top

>70 mellymel171328: Absolutely. There just has to be a grand total of 50 books, across all collections, in the account.

72sangreal
Nov 22, 2016, 11:58am Top

Hi everyone,

Thanks again for all the efforts to host SantaThing again, and especially to the wonderfully generous persons who donate every year.

I used to be able to sign up for myself as well as my co-worker, Lilia who is on a reduced income. However, like last year, I can't afford it. I would love to have a donation for Lilia, who generally does not receive much in the way of Christmas presents. I don't mind not participating myself, but if anyone could donate to her, I would be really glad.

73mellymel171328
Nov 22, 2016, 12:02pm Top

>72 sangreal: I remember you from last year. :) I will be sending you a message soon.

74sangreal
Nov 22, 2016, 1:12pm Top

Thank you so much, ladylenneth and to the donors also, for being able to donate to both Lilia and me. It is truly appreciated!

75majkia
Nov 22, 2016, 2:15pm Top

>68 lorannen: I appreciate the concern shown by others, but for me, frankly, I can't imagine anyone who is desperate enough to try to game the system so they can get a few books being particularly evil. Rather, if indeed that is what's happening, I see them as being pretty desperate.

And maybe getting books given to them out of kindness and joy will improve them in some way!

76mellymel171328
Edited: Nov 22, 2016, 2:39pm Top

>75 majkia: I completely understand the love of books. I understand what it is like never being able to afford books. I buy maybe 2 a year if I'm lucky. I have had to depend on the donation thread myself for several years. I know it is just books but this is done by the kindness of other people heart and i want to keep it 100% fair. I am not saying anyone has lied thus far we really don't know. If it is a donation one per person who needs it then that's fair. Fudging the details to get more then your share is selfish. The requirements aren't even that strict.

I'm sorry I'm not trying to be rude just trying to share my thoughts.

77timspalding
Edited: Nov 22, 2016, 3:16pm Top

My apologies for misunderstanding around this. I need to weigh in better than I have--conversations with Loranne that I didn't handle right. In my defense, I was trying to handle calls too. I'm sorry for the static this has caused.

I'm completely fine with members donating to whoever they like. It's not our business to dictate those terms. I'm making that clear.

At the same time, I also think it's okay for members to target their donations. There has been a lot of concern about this from members, as shown above and elsewhere.

This is the course we've chosen with LibraryThing's future donations--donations by the LibraryThing company.

To that end, we're doubling our contributions, so that all prior gifts are honored, no matter how recent the account or how many books it has, but the new gifts only go to members who've got 50 books and have been around 2 months. We originally gave out 5 $25 gifts. We've increased that to 10, and I've asked Loranne to make them all $30, since $30 is the Amazon free-shipping cut-off.

That's where we bow out—I feel strongly it's not our job to tell members how to organize this. I'm sorry that we seemed to be doing that.

@ladylenneth is managing this thread. (She's a volunteer, not staff, and deserves a lot of praise for it!) I gather she thinks the 2/50 idea is a reasonable one. But if members want donations unrestrictedly, I'm sure that would be fine with her too.

78mellymel171328
Nov 22, 2016, 3:16pm Top

>77 timspalding: I do find it very reasonable. I understand why people are concerned and would want some basic rules on how their donations are used. I am also willing to pair people who are willing to over look this basic guideline and are still comfortable donating outside of the 2/50 rule. I am open to PMs from anyone and willing to work with anyone in the best way I can. I do not want anyone to feel uncomfortable or alienated and no one will be judged. I just am trying to be fair to everyone to the best of my ability. I am not a staffer so I can only do so much.

79timspalding
Nov 22, 2016, 3:17pm Top

>77 timspalding:

I'm sorry for the static this must have caused you. Thank you again.

80norabelle414
Nov 22, 2016, 3:46pm Top

Aside from people possibly trying to game the system, I have previously been a SantaThing Santa for someone who did not list any books in their LT account and picking books for them was an extremely frustrating and un-fun process. I don't think it's too much to ask for someone to add 50 books to their account so that their Santa can successfully pick for them.

81klarusu
Nov 22, 2016, 4:05pm Top

>77 timspalding: That's totally reasonable. I also totally agree that this is a member-led, spontaneous gesture not 'official' and the spirit should remain so.

Personally, I'm OK with the risk of the odd request slipping through that's less than sincere rather than someone missing out whose Christmas would be a bit brighter for a book or two.

Also, Ho!Ho!Ho! (Oh, and it's not even December yet ... I'm going to be so annoying by Christmas!)

82Morphidae
Nov 22, 2016, 4:41pm Top

>65 mellymel171328: It's not so much the asking as it's the second or so year I've needed to. It makes it a bit uncomfortable but it's the only time of year I get any books. And I'm sure about MrMorphy. He's so incredibly picky that it makes him almost impossible to pick books for.

>67 mellymel171328: I got it. Thank you so much!

83LibraryPerilous
Nov 22, 2016, 5:10pm Top

>77 timspalding: Thanks for fixing this with a fair solution. I'm glad other members can continue to target whomever they'd like and that I can continue to donate to new members.

To reiterate to new members: I am a donor willing to cover you. Happy holidays!

I have a couple of sponsorships left, and one or two of my friends may be able to kick in sponsorships as well. PM me if you would feel more comfortable asking me for a donation directly, rather than seeing if anyone else on this thread will sponsor you. Go to @diana.n and scroll down to "post to comment wall" and send me a private message with which bookstore you'd like to use. I'll get back to you with your sign up code as soon as I can.

84mellymel171328
Nov 22, 2016, 7:01pm Top

>82 Morphidae: I won't even lie due to living pay check to pay check and being on disability I think I've only been able to afford it maybe once the entire time I've done it. I don't want anyone to ever feel judged because like you it is mainly the only books I get in the year. So I have never judged who have needed it more often then others. I have had repeats donate years they could too. :)

85mellymel171328
Nov 22, 2016, 7:04pm Top

>83 LibraryPerilous: not one person who has asked has been turned away and I've made sure if that. I'm sorry to sound frustrated but input a lot into this and I've made sure those that didn't make the requirement had a place to go too. Nothing was done out of malice or anger but just trying to be fair.

86jthelwell
Nov 22, 2016, 8:02pm Top

I would very much appreciate a donation this year. I have donated in the past, but I just can't this year.

87mellymel171328
Nov 22, 2016, 8:06pm Top

>86 jthelwell: you are now on the list.i believe I have a code at home but I'm out to dinner with my family so I will check when I get home soon. :)

88gentlespirit512
Nov 22, 2016, 10:54pm Top

I think I understand what we're doing now. I am on disability, and in the process of a separation, and would love the chance to participate in SantaThing. I'm in need of a donation, please. Thank you in advance.

89FinnyB
Nov 22, 2016, 11:13pm Top

I wish I could donate this year, but I'm going to have to hope for a donation, instead. Thanks to health issues in the family, I've not got any money to spare for gifts for either myself or the husband.

90mellymel171328
Nov 23, 2016, 5:50am Top

>88 gentlespirit512:
>89 FinnyB:

Someone should be messaging you today with codes. Let me know when you get them! :)

91Dabacfa
Nov 23, 2016, 6:29am Top

I wish we could participate! Since we are still paying off my son's heart procedure this summer, it is not in the budget, but a donation would be so nice. It would help us in our efforts to put a few little things under the tree. :) We homeschool and have 6 children and everyone in the family LOVES books! Thank you for offering such a blessing! I know the time and organization that goes into a Santa program, I used to be a director of one.

92BloodyMaryShelley
Nov 23, 2016, 9:09am Top

I'd like to do this, but I can't afford it either. :(

93mellymel171328
Nov 23, 2016, 9:25am Top

>91 Dabacfa:
>92 BloodyMaryShelley:

I have some possible on
Donators pending. I will let you know later today after I get more.messages.

94mellymel171328
Nov 23, 2016, 12:48pm Top

95fabaceae
Edited: Nov 23, 2016, 3:22pm Top

This is such a nice idea! Funds are really tight here currently, so I would love to receive a donation, if possible. Thank you all :)

96AmberTew
Nov 23, 2016, 3:58pm Top

I would love to participate! But, finances are tight. I have a 2.5 year old daughter, and I have been unable to work because of having a diagnostic laparoscopy to find endometriosis. I will have another one in December. Reading is the only thing keeping me sane from bed rest, and my library will be closed many days for the Holidays. I would be forever grateful if I could have a sponsor!

97mellymel171328
Nov 23, 2016, 4:06pm Top

>96 AmberTew: Sending you a message

98theodarling
Nov 23, 2016, 11:02pm Top

Hi, I am low-income and would appreciate a donation, if possible. (If not, I understand and that's ok. Regardless, I hope to be able to sponsor others in the future! This is such a fantastic website.)

99FinnyB
Nov 24, 2016, 12:31am Top

No message yet. I shall keep waiting, but wanted to update you before my bedtime, as I'm not sure when I'll be online tomorrow.

100Dabacfa
Nov 24, 2016, 8:58am Top

Thank you, thank you!! for the message. I will try to get it figured out today. We postponed our Thanksgiving celebration since my husband has to work today. At least we just found out he has Christmas off!! Yay! We weren't expecting that.

101mellymel171328
Nov 24, 2016, 9:48am Top

>98 theodarling: on the list now.

>99 FinnyB: The person who is supposed to message you only logs on once a day so I am hoping today or tomorrow. If something happens I will make sure you won't fall through the cracks.

>100 Dabacfa: Sounds like my husbands job.

102mellymel171328
Nov 24, 2016, 2:44pm Top

>99 FinnyB: There was confusion on a message I had sent.. I accidentally sent it to myself instead the person that I meant to pick you up! I am so sorry.

103Momonaco
Nov 24, 2016, 3:43pm Top

Hi Ladylenneth, I would like to donate for someone in need of a donation, but I am in the UK, and this is my first time in SantaThing so please let me know what I need to do. Happy Thanksgiving

104mellymel171328
Nov 24, 2016, 4:07pm Top

>103 Momonaco: I will send you a message.

105gentlespirit512
Nov 24, 2016, 4:20pm Top

I haven't heard from anybody yet either. Just checking in.

106mellymel171328
Nov 24, 2016, 4:22pm Top

>105 gentlespirit512: That was my fault too. I had accidentally sent the message to myself with your name. I am extremely sorry and I am working on fixing that confusion! I promise you haven't fallen throught he cracks. :)

107mellymel171328
Nov 24, 2016, 4:25pm Top

>99 FinnyB:
>105 gentlespirit512:

The person who is donating to you has contacted me and pointed out the mix up (thank you!) They should be messaging you today (for sure this time!)

108mellymel171328
Nov 24, 2016, 4:29pm Top

>95 fabaceae: I am sending you a message soon.

109FinnyB
Nov 24, 2016, 8:40pm Top

Got it! Thanks!

110InsightsintoBooks
Nov 25, 2016, 8:33am Top

I would appreciate a donation very much please and thank you soo much.

111mellymel171328
Nov 25, 2016, 9:38am Top

>110 InsightsintoBooks: Sent you a message.

112mellymel171328
Nov 25, 2016, 4:30pm Top

It's a very quiet day! In around if anyone needs to ask questions.

113BellasShelf
Nov 25, 2016, 5:07pm Top

hello fellow book lovers. I would like to be added to the donation list. .

I have a little savings account where I start saving up for Christmas gifts and since I have no family I like to help people out through secret Santa, program such as this one, but this year my doggy Bella got sick.

I tried to get a care credit for pet care but I was denied. I ended up using my Christmas savings for my doggy. I've had her since 2009. January 1 I found her wandering the street. I guess it may sound kind of silly to some people, but to me it was a no-brainer to dip into the Christmas fund to help her.
Thank you all for this donation program

114mellymel171328
Nov 25, 2016, 5:48pm Top

>113 BellasShelf: adding you to the list. I believe I have a code for you but my son is hogging the computer I have my codes on.

115NatalieSW
Nov 25, 2016, 6:30pm Top

Hi, I'm sure the information on how to donate is here somewhere, but I'm not seeing it. Is there a "further info" page where I can sign up? Also, will I be picking books for someone, and will I find out who s/he is on the same day as the regular SantaThing match-ups go out?

116mellymel171328
Nov 25, 2016, 6:51pm Top

>115 NatalieSW: Basically you go to:

http://www.librarything.com/santathing_signup.php

Ignore the book store options because they won't matter in this. Pick the paypal donation amount you want to donate. Go through the process and when you get the paypal confirmation number you save it.

Then you find a person in need of a donation. They then take the code and sign up like you did. :)

117gentlespirit512
Nov 25, 2016, 10:09pm Top

Got it! Thank you!

118mellymel171328
Nov 26, 2016, 2:36am Top

>113 BellasShelf:: Sent you a message.

119.Monkey.
Nov 26, 2016, 2:53am Top

>113 BellasShelf: Not silly at all! I hope your pup is better now, or on the mend. She's lucky to have a good person looking out for her.

120mellymel171328
Nov 26, 2016, 1:25pm Top

>113 BellasShelf: I agree with >119 .Monkey.: you are an amazing person.

121mellymel171328
Nov 26, 2016, 3:58pm Top

I am here today to answer any questions. Don't be shy. :)

122Jessica_H_96
Nov 26, 2016, 4:00pm Top

Would appreciate a donation. I have been a part of this website since earlier this year and wish I had known about this a few months ago so I could have saved the money. Due to the cost of college and unsuspectingly losing my financial aid, I can't afford to participate in SantaThing this year.

123mellymel171328
Nov 26, 2016, 4:13pm Top

>122 Jessica_H_96: I'll be sending you a message soon.

124mellymel171328
Nov 27, 2016, 9:24am Top

I'm so proud to be apart of this community. This has been a busy year. :) You all are amazing!

125mellymel171328
Nov 28, 2016, 8:06am Top

Seven days until sign up closes! Please don't be shy if anyone needs help or has questions or is in need. Please post.

126pausanias
Nov 28, 2016, 5:47pm Top

Yay it is SantaThing!!! I look forward to this time every year :-) I wish my doctors would let me work so I could pay for this and donate to others. Hopefully sometime in the future :-) So I would really love a donation this year to be part of this wonderful event. I really love the new authors that I discover through this wonderful event. Some years it is the only time I get new books. Last year I was able to get donations for my sister and niece. They loved it and would really love it if they could also be signed up for a donation. My sister is a stay at home mom and home-schools my 7 year old niece. They both love to read and spend a ton of time at the library. They love finding new books that they can all get together and read in the evening. Books are their form of entertainment and unfortunately they don't have the financial resources to buy more than the bare essentials. Although I would put books as essential, I don't expect that they would choose books over feeding their child :-). So a donation would help. I can help answer any questions about what they have already for whomever is selected to pick for them. I just hope all three of us can be signed up for a donation :-)

127mellymel171328
Nov 28, 2016, 7:10pm Top

>126 pausanias: I have you down and have a few donations I can give you. I will get a message to you when I get the kiddos to bed tonight.

128Limelite
Nov 28, 2016, 7:36pm Top

I'd like to be an extra Santa to a wishing Santee. Please let me know how I can do this.

Thank you.

129lorannen
Nov 28, 2016, 7:59pm Top

>128 Limelite: Assuming you mean you'd like to donate, and not pick books for any Santees who need them at the end of things:

- Head over to the SantaThing sign-up page
- Without doing anything else, pick the price point you'd like to donate, and click the corresponding PayPal link
- This will take you over to PayPal, where you can submit your payment
- Once your payment is complete, instead of copying your Receipt # into the SantaThing sign-up form, copy it and send it to ladylenneth, she'll put you on the list of donors (if you like—if you'd rather remain anonymous, please say so in your message to her), and will match your donation to a Santee!

If my assumption is wrong, and you you in fact meant the latter, then hang tight! We'll need folks to pick books for extra Santees around December 12th, and I'll be announcing that over on the main SantaThing thread.

130mike1990
Edited: Nov 28, 2016, 9:03pm Top

I'd love a donation as I'm short on cash due to losing my job.
EDIT: If you read the rest of that, apologizes for my ignorance. I was confused lol.

131Limelite
Nov 28, 2016, 9:29pm Top

>129 lorannen:

I'll hang tight. Think I'd like to be part of the LTers who make sure there are no disappointed Santees! Thanks for reminding me.

132mellymel171328
Nov 29, 2016, 12:11am Top

>126 pausanias:
>130 mike1990:

Sending messages your way! Sorry I fell asleep!

133Jenni_Canuck
Nov 29, 2016, 9:21am Top

>132 mellymel171328: "Sorry I fell asleep!"
Don't be sorry. Santa's elves need their zzz's :-)

134Devlindusty
Nov 29, 2016, 9:34am Top

I would love to participate in this years santathing. I'm in need of a donation though as I'm on a fixed income. Thank you to everyone who is so gracious.

135mellymel171328
Nov 29, 2016, 9:45am Top

>133 Jenni_Canuck: I have my new background for my computer! Haha

>134 Devlindusty: I will be contacting you shortly. :)

136AshleyAJohns
Nov 29, 2016, 1:36pm Top

I'd like a donation for myself and my son. His account is BabyRowen.

Thank you for your help!

137xhollishx
Nov 29, 2016, 2:07pm Top

I would love to participate. I'm struggling buying for my 5 year old this year. It would be nice to get books!

138mellymel171328
Nov 29, 2016, 2:21pm Top

>137 xhollishx: Would you like a donation for you and your son? :)

139mellymel171328
Nov 29, 2016, 2:27pm Top

>136 AshleyAJohns:: message sent

>138 mellymel171328:: Got you on pending but I have something in the works. :)

140finallycj
Nov 29, 2016, 3:56pm Top

Hi ladylenneth, I would love to participate, but I cannot afford to do so as I have been out of work for over 4 years and am trying to get disability. Thus, I am in need of a sponsor so that I could receive new book(s). I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday Season.

141mellymel171328
Nov 29, 2016, 5:33pm Top

>140 finallycj: I just ran out of codes today! Do not fear though I am reaching out to a couple people who showed interest in donating. You will not be left behind. :)

142mellymel171328
Nov 29, 2016, 6:13pm Top

>140 finallycj: you should have a message. :)

143jennparm
Nov 29, 2016, 10:36pm Top

Oh my goodness, LTers are such lovely, lovely people! If there is any way I could be added to the list of people looking for donations, I would hugely appreciate it. Money has been tight this year, although my taste for books has not in any way shrunk.

144KarenReese
Nov 29, 2016, 11:37pm Top

I would like to receive a donation if possible please.

145gentlespirit512
Nov 30, 2016, 12:35am Top

This is such an amazing thing to see taking shape!

146masterdeski
Nov 30, 2016, 12:46am Top

If it's not too late I'd like to request a donation. Money's tight this year, and I'll be by myself (everyone else is travelling), and in year's past, my Santa picks have always been spot on. Thank you.

147mellymel171328
Nov 30, 2016, 2:43am Top

>143 jennparm:
>144 KarenReese:
>146 masterdeski:

I have you all on the pending list. :)

148andejons
Nov 30, 2016, 2:58am Top

I would like to send a donation.

149timspalding
Nov 30, 2016, 4:01am Top

LibraryThing itself is going to donate another five accounts. (You can perhaps see how we lose money at this!) @ladylenneth, Loranne will get in touch with you, if she hasn't already.

150klarusu
Nov 30, 2016, 4:34am Top

>149 timspalding: This is why we love you guys! :-)

151mellymel171328
Nov 30, 2016, 7:51am Top

>150 klarusu: It blows my mind how much LibraryThing gives back in this. :)

152klarusu
Nov 30, 2016, 8:04am Top

>151 mellymel171328: On every level!

153mellymel171328
Edited: Nov 30, 2016, 8:18am Top

Good morning Donation thread!

>152 klarusu: so true :)

155jenniferchronister
Nov 30, 2016, 1:35pm Top

I am a disabled wife and mother of three teenagers. Money is always hard to come by. I only allow gifts to be given between my husband and children as their happiness is mine. I wish I could be a donor maybe in time I'll be blessed with the ability to do so. If I could be added to the list for donations I would appreciate it. It would be nice to receive books which I could in turn share with my family. Thank you.

156mellymel171328
Nov 30, 2016, 2:11pm Top

>155 jenniferchronister:

You should have a message in your inbox.

157KarenElissa
Nov 30, 2016, 2:12pm Top

I've debated about participating this year as I recently lost one job, so am down to half a job. But I always enjoy SantaThing, so if there is an extra donation still, that would be great. Thanks to everyone for donating and sorting this out every year!

158mellymel171328
Nov 30, 2016, 3:09pm Top

>157 KarenElissa:: Message Sent

159Peace2
Nov 30, 2016, 5:38pm Top

>1 mellymel171328: Are you still in need of donations?

160mellymel171328
Nov 30, 2016, 5:43pm Top

>159 Peace2: We are running low but so far everyone is taken care of at the moment. Which people ask in waves so I know there will be more people in need. :)

161mellymel171328
Nov 30, 2016, 7:18pm Top

I might be slower to respond. My phone had an accident with some water which is very unfortunate because I won't be able to get a new one for almost a year. :(

162lorannen
Nov 30, 2016, 7:37pm Top

>161 mellymel171328: So very sorry to hear that! I'll be keeping an eye on this thread to help.

163Arielle.Kane
Nov 30, 2016, 10:06pm Top

Happy to be a donor!

164SirThomas
Dec 1, 2016, 1:59am Top

This year I wanted to join, but I do not have the time to choose books. Besides, I have no more space for new books because we've moved - next year it will be better - I promise.
Therefore I would like to support someone else.

165mellymel171328
Dec 1, 2016, 8:10am Top

>163 Arielle.Kane:
>164 SirThomas:

That is amazing of you both.

- Head over to the SantaThing sign-up page
- Without doing anything else, pick the price point you'd like to donate, and click the corresponding PayPal link
- This will take you over to PayPal, where you can submit your payment
- Once your payment is complete, instead of copying your Receipt # into the SantaThing sign-up form, copy it and send it to me, I'll put you on the list of donors (if you like—if you'd rather remain anonymous, please say so in your message to me), and will match your donation to a Santee!

166SirThomas
Dec 1, 2016, 9:18am Top

>165 mellymel171328: Done - and thank you for your help.
You do a great work.

167mellymel171328
Dec 1, 2016, 11:04am Top

>166 SirThomas: thank you!

168Peace2
Dec 1, 2016, 3:31pm Top

I've sent a code - hope that you've received it. Good wishes to all for Christmas.

169mellymel171328
Dec 1, 2016, 3:45pm Top

>168 Peace2: I got it! I am just getting home had a super crazy day today. :( Glad to be home!

170KarenReese
Dec 1, 2016, 6:19pm Top

Thank you to all of the generous donors.I have gone into debt managing my dogs health crisis and ensuing costs and have no relatives to share the holidays with.So this will be my only gift this year and it will be greatly appreciated.

171KarenElissa
Dec 1, 2016, 6:35pm Top

>158 mellymel171328: Got it, Thanks!

172mellymel171328
Dec 1, 2016, 6:40pm Top

>170 KarenReese: I hope your dog feels better soon :(

173mellymel171328
Dec 1, 2016, 6:43pm Top

Good news I managed to get a GO Phone after I sold a couple things. :) So I am back in business!

174AngelaFries
Dec 1, 2016, 8:59pm Top

I would like to participate bout can't really afford to this year :( if I could join under donation if its not to late that would be great, if not that's OK too! Happy holidays everyone!!!

175youthfulzombie
Dec 1, 2016, 10:24pm Top

I would like to sponsor someone, please advise how.

176Arielle.Kane
Dec 1, 2016, 10:59pm Top

done!

177mellymel171328
Dec 2, 2016, 1:20am Top

>174 AngelaFries: I'll get a code to you tomorrow. :)

>175 youthfulzombie: we have a couple codes pending a home. I can let you know if we need more when we run low again.

178mellymel171328
Dec 2, 2016, 10:45am Top

>174 AngelaFries: Sent that code out to you!

179Myckyee
Dec 2, 2016, 5:11pm Top

You can put me on the sponsor's list. Please let me know if you need a code. :)

180mellymel171328
Dec 2, 2016, 5:15pm Top

>179 Myckyee: Will do.

181mellymel171328
Dec 3, 2016, 8:02pm Top

Man Louisiana is getting rained on today. So far I am floating! Though my back yard is flooded.

182majkia
Edited: Dec 4, 2016, 7:25am Top

>181 mellymel171328: Gosh I hope that rain reaches us here in the Panhandle of Florida. We are so desperate for rain here.

183mellymel171328
Dec 4, 2016, 10:06am Top

>182 majkia: I hope so too. Louisiana has had enough.

184LibraryCin
Dec 4, 2016, 2:00pm Top

This is such an amazing program! Everyone is so generous! I'm hoping that maybe one year in the future, I can also afford to donate for someone else!

185mellymel171328
Dec 4, 2016, 2:17pm Top

>184 LibraryCin: me too. :)

186lorannen
Dec 5, 2016, 5:19pm Top

Now that Santas are matched, I wanted to share with everyone that we had a grand total of 52 donated entries this year. I don't have my numbers handy, but I know it's up from last year. You all are amazing! Thanks so much for giving so generously to your fellow book lovers.

187mellymel171328
Dec 5, 2016, 5:29pm Top

>186 lorannen: from the list last year (not including a couple give or take a few) we had 34 people donated too last year. It was an amazing year this year with so much caring and amazing people. I also am amazed with how much LibraryThing gives back. :)

188timspalding
Dec 5, 2016, 5:42pm Top

Let me take a moment to thank @ladylenneth for coordinating the donations this year. It wasn't a small job, and there was extra stress this year.

I don't really have more to say, but please imagine me standing up first to lead what I know would be a lengthy standing ovation!

189lorannen
Dec 5, 2016, 5:53pm Top

190mellymel171328
Dec 5, 2016, 5:55pm Top

>188 timspalding: >189 lorannen: Thank you it was honestly a pleasure. :) Even with the little extra stress this year. lol

191kgriffith
Dec 5, 2016, 5:56pm Top

All the cheers for @ladylenneth and so many generous donors! Yay for all the folks getting to participate who wouldn't have been able to! This is exactly the spirit that makes LT my favorite online community. Y'all rock.

192mellymel171328
Dec 5, 2016, 6:02pm Top

This would not be possible without the secret Santas and those who donated. Combined with the generosity of LibraryThing donations and theirs is what truly makes this whole thing work. :)

193klarusu
Edited: Dec 5, 2016, 7:03pm Top

>192 mellymel171328: Well done you! And thank you. It's really no small job to manage this thread and it's what knits all this festive book-love together.

I just love, love, love the annual donation thread. It's just not the Christmas season until SantaThing is underway.

Thanks to everyone at LT too because you guys give not just donations but oh so much of your time to make things that much more festive for all of us.

194avanders
Dec 6, 2016, 11:08am Top

>188 timspalding: here ya go ;)

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