This has been a busy year for me and an even busier one for Charlotte. We were worried it might affect donations this year.
We were right. The average donation per person dropped significantly.
I was glad, initially, that I only set our goal at $6,522 (seemingly arbitrary, but the amount at which our lifetime total across all drives would exceed $30,000) and I was even a little nervous we might not meet it.
Thankfully, we did! We even, remarkably, exceeded it toward the end of the drive.
Then I started to wonder… What are the chances we beat last year’s total? “Beating last year” has been a theme since this drive started. Every year has been better than the last. Last year we raised ~$7,534. Which, true to form, bested the year before it – but by less than two hundred dollars. I wondered if there ANY chance we could do that again. The thought of even squeaking by just $10 or $15 ahead of last year seemed like a bit of a dream.
Would we end up CLOSE to last year’s total?
It turns out the answer was no.
We didn’t end up close to last year’s amount. We ended up way past it. You guys worked together, dug deep, and raised $8,790 in ten days.
I’ll give you a minute to let that sink in.
Actually, never mind. The concerted act of true goodness taking place here can’t really sink in over the course of a minute or two. I’ve had 14 hours to think about it, and I’m still entirely dumbfounded. So let’s just move on, lol.
I am profoundly grateful to have such selfless, giving fans, friends, and followers. So many women and children who have fled domestic and sexual violence this year are going to get the Christmas they deserve because of you. There will be another post about the donating itself – my jammed rental car, donation receipts, etc. But for now, while I’m still getting everything ready, just know I am moved and pleased beyond the scope of my verbal prowess which, let’s face it, is staggering. 😛
Last – but not even close to least – I want to send SO MUCH LOVE TO MY FELLOW SEXWORKERS who tweeted about the drive, encouraged their followers to donate, and cheered me on behind the scenes.
As I said earlier, the average individual donation amounts decreased. But that didn’t matter. Because we saw a huge increase in the NUMBER of people who donated. While only about 9% of those who donated made note that they were donating for the sole purpose of honoring another domme’s wish for followers to contribute, I’m absolutely convinced the large increase in the number of donations has a lot to do with my signal-boosting sister sexworkers. You ladies are amazing. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart!
Now I’m off to do some more shopping… I’ve been spending like mad but I’ve still got $500-$600 to put toward gifts.