Christmas, Charity, and Forty Large

A lot of little lights will be brighter this year, because of YOU.

In 2012, on a whim, mere months after I entered the scene I decided to fill my wishlist with toys and asked you to buy them for charity. I gave out 3 loops as thank-you gifts (they are not offered in the Limited Edition Store so if you have them, you are an OG hypnofan of mine!)

That year, $677 worth of toys were bought. I donated them to an organization in MA which supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

I had long since lost touch with the truest magic of Christmas, but being able to give these toys to kiddos who were having a really rough Christmas absolutely made my year. And oh boy—I was hooked!

The annual Spiral Seductions charity drive has grown wildly since then. This year, we have files from five different Dommes and guess what?

Adding up all the years, we have crossed over the “$40,000 raised” mark.

This year’s drive will end tomorrow, December 1st, at 11:59pm EST.

(Realistically, I will probably get home from the hospital and crash at like 10pm and not take the drive stuff down until the following morning so people could donate overnight, but I’m only guaranteeing I will leave the donation pages up through 11:59pm.)

Please, please, keep the donations coming! Tell your friends! This is the LAST CHANCE to get anything from the Limited Edition Store for the next 355-ish days!

It’s also your last chance to donate to an amazing cause. We Dommes don’t earn a single cent from these files – it is a labor of love from start to finish. 100% of proceeds go directly to buying gifts for the organization which helps survivors of domestic and sexual violence.

Btw, while most of you haven’t been embittered by life (and have paid attention to all the donation receipts and pictures of packed cars heading for donation that I’ve posted over the years), I can appreciate some healthy skepticism. So for anyone wondering, the reason I say “proceeds” rather than “donations” is that we lose money to processing fees. It’s about 3.5%, but varies a few tenths of a percent each year depending on how many Amazon donations come through since those don’t lose anything.

So “100% of proceeds” means “100% of money that hits my account,” which is $7,554.14 of the $7,819.80 donated as of writing this post.

I also end up having to rent a car and buy gas or (like this year) hiring my handyman to do the 8-hour round-trip drive, so actually this drive ends up costing me money. (It’s so worth it. This is my favorite time of year.)

Thank you to everyone who has taken part, and A HUGE “Thanks, I hate you, but seriously THANKS” to all you last-minute donors who will make tomorrow special. I know you’re out there, testing my nerves, stressing me out, making me wonder what the final total will actually BE. But you’re also the ones who make the last day magical. Pretty please do that again this year!!

I’ll try to update a couple times if I can during the day tomorrow, but I’ll be pretty busy trying not to kill any patients.

Charity Drive 2018 Countdown…

It’s almost that time of year again! This will be the 6th year we collect donations around the holidays and use them to make Christmas brighter for survivors of sexual/domestic violence and their kiddos.

During this charity drive, as always, the Limited Edition Store will be open and you may claim these exclusive files as thank-you gifts for your donations. This year’s drive dates are as follows:

WED, November 21st — SAT, December 1st

And oh boy, you’re in for an incredible treat in 2018. FIVE Dommes (yes, including myself) have contributed a total of SEVEN new files to the Limited Edition Store this year. Trust me, I know – holy shit.

CHECK US THE HELL OUT:
(Clicking on anyone’s image will bring you to their webpage…)

I can’t overstate how cool this is, how amazing the files are this year, or how badly you’re going to kick yourself if you don’t donate during the charity drive.

Because while most of you know this, I’ll repeat it for our newcomers – you can ONLY get Limited Edition files for the days the charity drive is going on. That’s just a handful of days per year. If you miss them now, your next chance to get them will be at the end of 2019!

There will be plenty more information when the drive opens Wednesday*, including descriptions for all new files (a few are already up!), detailed instructions on how to donate, info about the cause we support and the family we “adopted” and more.

For now just do what you do best and get excited. 😉

*Please note that when I say the drive will open on Wednesday, I am not promising when. Early afternoon is my guess, but I’m putting in 15-hour days at the hospital both Monday and Tuesday, so let’s be real, I will not be dragging my ass out of bed Wednesday morning at a respectable hour.