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SantaThing Donations 2018

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1mellymel171328
Edited: Nov 14, 2018, 2:14pm Top

With great pleasure I am kicking off the 2018 SantaThing Donation Thread!
We have some rules this year for the donation thread!
After some thought about the concerns raised around donations over the last couple years, we've decided to adjust 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, 2018).
- 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 Mellymel171328 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.

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!
Talk topic: https://www.librarything.com/topic/298723
Blog Post: http://blog.librarything.com/main/2018/11/santathing-2018/
Main SantaThing page: https://www.librarything.com/santathing.php
Help page: https://wiki.librarything.com/index.php/SantaThing

Please any questions contact me: I will answer to the best of my ability.
http://www.librarything.com/profile/mellymel171328

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

Happy SantaThing everyone!

2mellymel171328
Edited: Nov 29, 2018, 12:08am Top

In Need of Donation

Donated too

kkelm22's Son
camelama
BingeReader87
relativelybooktastic
xhollishx's daughter
xhollishx
gentlespirit512
Nica6
vivirielle
Kkelm22
kaliwrites
InsightsintoBooks
JacobsBeloved
FinnyB
FinnyB's husband
fionaanne
michelynn2016
historicalbooklover
lamotamant
Jenni_Canuck
Quati
WeeTurtle
Koco.Hawaii
mermaidjoy
BloodyMaryShelley
BloodyMaryShelley's family member
Jessm3842
Kanst
katster

3JerryMmm
Nov 14, 2018, 4:02pm Top

good policy changes.

4kkelm22
Edited: Nov 15, 2018, 1:12pm Top

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5kkelm22
Nov 15, 2018, 6:09am Top

You know I never get this part right. Is there where I would ask for a donation for Rylan?

6guido47
Edited: Nov 15, 2018, 6:24am Top

I usually give a donation (some years even a totally anonymous donation :-) as well as the usual Santa Thing.

Guess I'll wait a bit longer today until I see the range of monies involved this year.

PS. I have suggested a "Badge" for Secret Santas for several years, just cos...

Guido.

7mellymel171328
Nov 15, 2018, 7:57am Top

>5 kkelm22: of course. I already have a code you can have.

8Petroglyph
Nov 15, 2018, 8:34am Top

I'm in favour of those policy changes. Opportunists exploiting the kindness of strangers doesn't sit well with me.

9mellymel171328
Nov 15, 2018, 9:05am Top

>3 JerryMmm: I am glad I hate that it had to be done.

>8 Petroglyph: It doesn't sit well for me either. Librarything will sometime pick up people who do truly seem new to the website. Member donations are kept to these guidelines. :)

10karenb
Nov 15, 2018, 11:11am Top

Is there a way to request donations privately?

11mellymel171328
Nov 15, 2018, 11:53am Top

>10 karenb: yes, just send me a message. If the person doesn't want to be mentioned on the list I completely understand.

12karenb
Nov 15, 2018, 12:41pm Top

>11 mellymel171328: Cool! Thanks.

13camelama
Nov 16, 2018, 10:46pm Top

Alas, after participating as a member & donating most years, i need to request being sponsored this year!

14BingeReader87
Nov 16, 2018, 11:03pm Top

In need of donation

15relativelybooktastic
Edited: Nov 16, 2018, 11:04pm Top

Need a donation this year. Thank you In advance

16mellymel171328
Nov 17, 2018, 12:00am Top

>13 camelama: >14 BingeReader87: >15 relativelybooktastic: I will be sending a message to you all shortly.

17xhollishx
Nov 17, 2018, 6:25am Top

Hi everyone! I would love a donation, if not for me, then my 7 year old daughter. I had to leave work because of health and we're having a hard time. Thank you for your consideration!

18mellymel171328
Nov 17, 2018, 8:14am Top

>17 xhollishx: of course for both of you.

19gentlespirit512
Nov 17, 2018, 10:09am Top

I need a donation to participate. This has got to be one of the highlights of my year!

20Nica6
Nov 17, 2018, 2:36pm Top

Dealing with painful chronic health issues and loss of job - donation would be very much appreciated if possible. Thank you!

21mellymel171328
Nov 17, 2018, 3:06pm Top

>19 gentlespirit512: >20 Nica6: I will add you both to the in need list. :)

22vivirielle
Nov 17, 2018, 3:40pm Top

I hate to ask, but I'd be very grateful if someone was kind enough to donate to me. I haven't been able to have new books in so long because I lost my job and my husband is in grad school. Some books would really mean the world to me right now.

23mellymel171328
Nov 17, 2018, 3:42pm Top

>22 vivirielle: Don't feel bad! This is the reason why the thread is made in the first place. :) I have a message coming your way very soon.

24kkelm22
Nov 17, 2018, 4:02pm Top

I would love it if I could also get a donation

25mellymel171328
Nov 17, 2018, 4:03pm Top

>24 kkelm22: sure. I have one sitting in my inbox that I can send you. :)

26kaliwrites
Nov 18, 2018, 4:49am Top

Is there any I could get a donation this year? I hate asking since I got a donation last year, also. I was hoping to be in a better place by now and be able to really give back and help others. I'm still not able to work since my hip replacements and disability is taking forever to get since I'm only 26. :( Reading is everything to me and I'd love to be able to participate and feel the joy.

27mellymel171328
Nov 18, 2018, 5:16am Top

>26 kaliwrites: yes, of course. I will be sending you a code first thing in the morning.

28LibraryCin
Nov 18, 2018, 1:49pm Top

I want to donate this year (after being a recipient a couple of years ago - thank you!). How do I do that? Thanks!

29mellymel171328
Nov 18, 2018, 2:06pm Top

>28 LibraryCin: I sent you a profile message. :)

30InsightsintoBooks
Nov 19, 2018, 12:05pm Top

Would I be able to receive a donation please? Thank you.

31mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2018, 12:07pm Top

>30 InsightsintoBooks: I will put you on the list. I am sure another will come out way. :)

32InsightsintoBooks
Nov 19, 2018, 1:50pm Top

Thank you.

33mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2018, 1:52pm Top

>32 InsightsintoBooks: have a message coming for you soon.

34JacobsBeloved
Nov 19, 2018, 3:37pm Top

I look forward to this every year! I need a donation please and thank you!

35FinnyB
Nov 19, 2018, 8:42pm Top

I would appreciate a donation for myself and/or my husband, if possible. This has been a particularly difficult year with family issues, and SantaThing brightens up the year. If not, that is okay.

36mellymel171328
Nov 19, 2018, 9:20pm Top

>35 FinnyB: I will be sending you a message soon.

37cathiturnbull1
Nov 20, 2018, 5:26am Top

I’m in need of a donation this year please.

38mellymel171328
Nov 20, 2018, 9:55am Top

>37 cathiturnbull1: I sent you a message.

39mellymel171328
Nov 20, 2018, 9:57am Top

I have got an uncharacteristically higher then normal requests on my personal page for donations. I know some people are bashful about asking but it makes me a little uncomfortable because to make it fair I keep the donations in the order I receive them and then give them out in the order their asked to keep it fair.

40lowelibrary
Nov 20, 2018, 2:35pm Top

I would like to make a donation again this year but have forgotten the process

41FinnyB
Nov 20, 2018, 3:30pm Top

Thank you.

42fionaanne
Nov 20, 2018, 5:18pm Top

Can I request a donation, please? I've been wanting to participate for the past couple years but I'm on disability and never have the money. This year has been tighter than usual, so this would make my Xmas.

43mellymel171328
Nov 20, 2018, 5:22pm Top

>42 fionaanne: I sent you a message.

44michelynn2016
Nov 20, 2018, 9:49pm Top

I'm in need of donation this year. Thank you!

45mellymel171328
Nov 20, 2018, 10:03pm Top

>44 michelynn2016: added you to the list.

46mellymel171328
Nov 20, 2018, 11:17pm Top

>42 fionaanne: I have a code that will be in your messages first thing in the morning.

47historicalbooklover
Nov 21, 2018, 11:05am Top

I am in need of donation too please.....thanks!

48mellymel171328
Nov 21, 2018, 11:40am Top

>47 historicalbooklover: got you on the list.

49lamotamant
Nov 21, 2018, 10:19pm Top

I'd like to request a donation, please. I haven't been as active on LT for a bit, things have been rough health wise but this is certainly a bright spot.

50mellymel171328
Nov 22, 2018, 2:15am Top

>49 lamotamant: I'll get you on the list.

51Jenni_Canuck
Nov 22, 2018, 2:07pm Top

I would really appreciate a donation.

52mellymel171328
Nov 22, 2018, 3:47pm Top

>51 Jenni_Canuck: I have a donation for you. I'll try to send it soon.

53mellymel171328
Nov 22, 2018, 7:06pm Top

I am sorry I am dragging my feet. I havent forgotten about you two.

54Quati
Nov 23, 2018, 10:38am Top

One for me, plz?

55mellymel171328
Nov 23, 2018, 11:28am Top

Caught up from Thanksgiving :)

56Jenni_Canuck
Edited: Nov 23, 2018, 11:48am Top

>52 mellymel171328: Thank you and thanks to the generous LTers who make this possible.

57WeeTurtle
Nov 24, 2018, 5:09am Top

I keep humming and hawing over this as I'm not in dire straights but money is tight and I would like to participate. I'm going to school but also on disability. Fingers crossed that I'll be able to work enough to support things once school is done (library tech in training. ;))

58mellymel171328
Nov 24, 2018, 5:47am Top

>57 WeeTurtle: I'll add you to the list.

59WeeTurtle
Nov 24, 2018, 9:03pm Top

Thanks! Are all prices in USD by default? Wondering how to work out exchange if that's a thing.

60mellymel171328
Nov 24, 2018, 10:09pm Top

>59 WeeTurtle: I believe.

61LibraryCin
Nov 25, 2018, 1:11am Top

>59 WeeTurtle: I asked for a bit more info on how that works here:
http://www.librarything.com/topic/298723#6634197

The next post is lorannen answering.

62mellymel171328
Nov 25, 2018, 1:38am Top

>61 LibraryCin: thank you :)

63WeeTurtle
Nov 25, 2018, 2:03am Top

>61 LibraryCin:
Thanks! I was wondering about that for selecting my preferred store as well, since I expect Amazon.ca might have different shipping (and it's local to me), but Amazon.com might be easier numbers wise. Not sure if there's a preference.

64mellymel171328
Nov 26, 2018, 8:12am Top

Hello! I hope everyone Thanksgiving holiday was relaxing!

65Koco.Hawaii
Nov 27, 2018, 4:52am Top

I would sincerely appreciate being able to participate via a donation. Thanks so much!

66mellymel171328
Nov 27, 2018, 7:22am Top

>65 Koco.Hawaii: I will send you a message soon.

67pmarshall
Edited: Nov 27, 2018, 9:11pm Top

I would very much appreciate a donation. I have been a member since 2006 and have close to 5,000 items cataloged. If anything I think the rules could require a longer membership, say 6 months. Thank you.

68mellymel171328
Nov 27, 2018, 9:22pm Top

>67 pmarshall: of course. I will take the longer time into consideration for next year. I will send you a message very soon.

69mermaidjoy
Nov 27, 2018, 11:34pm Top

I would be very grateful for a donation ☺ 🧜‍♀️

70BloodyMaryShelley
Nov 28, 2018, 12:19am Top

Hello,

If it's not too late , I'd like to ask for a donation for me and my little cousin. :)
I'm currently not living at home and didn't have any internet before today, so I only just saw this santathing for this year.

71mellymel171328
Nov 28, 2018, 12:43am Top

>69 mermaidjoy: & >70 BloodyMaryShelley: sure message in a bit.

72mellymel171328
Nov 28, 2018, 11:00am Top

Sign ups have been extended for 24 hours! If anyone has any questions please feel free to message me.

73Jessm3842
Nov 28, 2018, 12:04pm Top

I would like to request a donation. Thanks

74mellymel171328
Nov 28, 2018, 1:37pm Top

>73 Jessm3842: message sent

75Kanst
Nov 28, 2018, 8:19pm Top

I would much appreciate a donation. Finances are tight this year.
Thank you.

76mellymel171328
Nov 28, 2018, 8:34pm Top

>75 Kanst: message sent.

77katster
Nov 28, 2018, 11:33pm Top

I'm very late to this, but it's been a rough year -- my dad's been out of a job for two years, I've had troubles finding a job between my health issues and medical insurance fun, we're not sure about our housing situation, my mom just got diagnosed with cancer, my sister's transmission broke, and a whole other horde of things that has made this year very hard. If there's any help left, I'd really appreciate it.

-kat

78mellymel171328
Nov 29, 2018, 12:06am Top

>77 katster: sending message

79Adriann.L
Nov 29, 2018, 5:56am Top

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80mellymel171328
Nov 29, 2018, 11:23am Top

What another awesome year for Santa Thing! :) Yall are all awesome.

81lorannen
Nov 29, 2018, 12:02pm Top

>80 mellymel171328: Hear hear! And hats off to you for running this thread!

82mellymel171328
Nov 29, 2018, 12:33pm Top

>81 lorannen: it is honestly a pleasure and I look forward to doing it.

83WeeTurtle
Nov 29, 2018, 9:36pm Top

Here's hoping that next year I'll be able to pay it forward. ;)

84mellymel171328
Nov 30, 2018, 2:21am Top

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