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What is the 2011 Holiday Helper?

As some of you may know, every year around the holidays we have had a little something here at MDC known as the Holiday Helper thread. It started in 2003 with a simple post by Tracy and grew quickly into something quite magical - MDC moms helping MDC moms. We really appreciate the huge efforts of Tracy, Gemini, SpatulaGirl, JustVanessa, DreamsInDigital and Maluhia and many others to make things work in past years.

This year, the need throughout the community here on MDC is greater than ever. Many more families are hurting financially. We feel so blessed to be surrounded by members who care so deeply for each other and are glad to provide a forum where you can help one another.

This year we’ve got new and returning volunteers facilitating your Holiday Helper, they are:

2011 Facilitators:


AdinaL- Coordinator
QueenOfTheMeadow - Assistant coordinator
TiredX2 - FIN central contact person, I Have Available thread coordinator
incorrigible - Shipping Fairy Coordinator
weliveintheforest - Canada FIN Coordinator

Helpers (duties will be broken down more as we go)

tracymom1



Much love and peace to everyone throughout the holiday season and into the new year.

What are the Rules & Guidelines for the HH Forum?
This forum will be moderated and only threads started by the facilitators will be approved. Please do not start new threads in this forum or they will be deleted without notice.

We do ask that you remember the 
MDC User Agreement when posting here, and please note that we can not allow:
* Auctions
* Raffles
* Sales or solicitations

Please DO NOT spam forums to spread the word. There will be one moving thread that will float randomly from forum to forum. See if you can find it. Bump it up! Please DO use your signature to advertise that the Holiday Helper is up and running again this year.

How do I put Holiday Helper in my signature?
To get the word out about the Holiday Helper, you may 'advertise it' by directing members to the HH forum in your signature. (example: Please Help A Family in Need: Check out the Holiday Helper Forum) Please do not post or advertise the Holiday Helper in posts/threads on the boards. Those posts will be removed without notice. Please do not LINK to the HH Thread as links are no longer allowed in signatures without a business signature. Also – feel free to put the non-linking but very fun Holiday Helper smile into your signature ! You can select this smiley from the smiley menu.


Can HH help me with shipping costs?

 

Maybe. The MDC Shipping Fairy is funded entirely by donations from the community. We are counting on each other. If you are able to donate funds, we will gratefully accept them through our GoFundMe account http://www.gofundme.com/MDC2011 To minimize shipping costs, we can also work with you to find the nearest Family in Need for what you have available. There are also several sizes of flat rate priority mail boxes, which allow you to know shipping costs in advance with no weighing – check ahead here and fill up a flat rate box! Please PM incorrigible if you are in need of Shipping Fairy help.

This year we will be running the shipping fairy via GoFundMe, a fundraising site. Any little bit you have can help, and all donations received will go directly toward HH shipping assistance. If you have questions about how this is being handled, please contact AdinaL or incorrigible.



How Can I Donate and What is a HHDDC?
An HHDDC is the Holiday Helper version of a DDDDC: "Holiday Help Done Dirt Cheap." For a $3.00 donation to the Shipping Fairy, a customized tag/saying will be placed under your username that will hyperlink to the HH forum. With a small donation ($3.00), you will be helping MDC Families in Need. To get your own HHDDC or place one for a friend, please make a donation at http://www.gofundme.com/MDC2011 and include the screen name you want the tag added to in your comments.

 

100% of the proceeds will go to help FINs! PLEASE DO NOT SEND HHDDCs DIRECTLY THROUGH the MDC SOFTWARE.

Why Isn't My Thread Showing Up?
As stated in the intro, only threads started by organizers will be approved. You can reply to an ongoing thread with your question or PM one of this year's facilitators.


FAMILIES IN NEED
Am I eligible to be a family in need (FIN)?
* FIN must have "significant financial need"
* FIN must have 500 posts as of October 24th, 2011 *and* 1 year of consistently active membership from October 24th, 2010 to October 24th, 2011.
* FIN sign up will begin NOON PST TUESDAY October 25th, and the first 100 completed forms will be chosen with the next 50 held aside for round two if we have enough families in "needs met."
* Fully completed forms, including first and last name will be given priority.

How can I sign up to be a Family In Need (FIN)?
FIN sign up will begin at NOON PST Tuesday, October 25th and must be received by 5pm PST Saturday, October 29th. 5pm PST November 7th. You can sign up by PM'ing AdinaL, with the filled out 2011 HOLIDAY HELPER APPLICATION form (please copy and paste the form below). Applications will be dealt with on a first come first-served basis. Please be sure to list both first and last name and physical mailing address. Completed forms will be given priority. Please limit your overall list to 10 items to insure we have the best possible chance of meeting everyone's needs.



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2011 HOLIDAY HELPER APPLICATION FORM

MDC user name:
Full Name:
Physical Shipping Address:
email address:
What is the best way to get a hold of you quickly if our central contact person has a question that is time sensitive? (email, PM, phone number)

 

(The rest of your application will be published without names for all to see; please use terms such as "DD1" instead of names to help keep HH anonymous)
What is your family situation?
Any allergies or sensitivities in the family? (e.g. cat, dog, smoke)

Which holiday(s) does your family celebrate?

Please list up to 2 items per person in your family and up to 2 items for your family as a whole below. (If you are requesting gift cards, please specify local or online stores that, if money is available, gift cards can be provided that you can conveniently use.)

 

Of the items requested below, please prioritize the top 3 overall needs of your family (this can not include direct financial help such as bills paid):
*
*
*

Children:

Pregnancy (if applicable)
due date: month, year
Gender: male/female/surprise
Items requested:

1.

2.

 

(Please add additional pregnancy sections if you are expecting muliples)


Child #1:
Age and gender:

Items requested:

1.

2.

 

Child #2:
Age and gender:
Items requested:

1.

2.

 

(please add more child sections depending on the number of children in your family)

Adult #1 (YOU! 
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Gender:
Items requested:

1.

2.



Adult #2:
Gender:
Items requested:

1.

2.

 

Needs for Your Family As A Whole:

Items requested:

1.

2.


What can I expect to receive as a FIN in 2011?
The HH program will do its best to help out with gently used toys, clothing, coats, diapers etc - especially for younger children. If you need adult clothing or coats, please let us know - however much more children's clothing is available than adult clothing.  In previous years we have been able to provide gift cards to about half of FIN. Gift cards are not always readily available, however, and we will be moving families to "needs met" when we have met the basic clothing, toy and diaper needs of children, to the best of our ability.

Can you help me with my mortgage, tuition, heating bill, etc?
No, because our helpers are also struggling we've removed this portion from Holiday Helper. Please leave these requests out of your family statement and needs listed. We have a sticky listing other sources of assistance.

Who will see my FIN information?
For added privacy and security, this year your username will only be available to two MDC Administrators (Cynthia Mosher & AdinaL) and two MDC Holiday Helper Moderators (QueenOfTheMeadow and TiredX2), and for Canadian FIN, one helper (weliveintheforest). In an effort to keep user names private, we ask that you communicate to the central contact person and HH moderators. Your list of needs and family statement will be posted in the HH forum for everyone to see, along with your FIN number and state or province of residence. Your name and address will be released to helpers who offer to send items to you.

What about Thank Yous?
As in the past, thanking Helpers is not required but it is a much appreciated step that our FINs can take to warm the hearts of Helper Mamas. This year we will be emailing a “Thank You” login to the FINs and they will be able to post their own Thank You notes.

Who do I contact if I need to update or change my profile information?
We will be using a central contact person this year in order to keep user names private. You may PM TiredX2 if you have questions or concerns related to your profile information or any of the HH moderators if it is urgent. 


HOLIDAY HELPERS
How can I be a helper?
First, make a list of what you have available. A gently used outgrown children's coat? Gently used toys or books? Are you willing to go shopping to pick out a special gift for a young child? Starting November 1st, check the "master needs list", or PM one of the facilitators in the list below. Any facilitator can take care of your entire list, for example if you have both toys and clothing please PM just one facilitator.



2011 Facilitators:

AdinaL- Coordinator
QueenOfTheMeadow - Assistant coordinator
TiredX2 - FIN central contact person, I Have Available thread coordinator
incorrigible - Shipping Fairy Coordinator
weliveintheforest - Canada FIN Coordinator

Helpers: 

tracymom1

 


What does gently used mean?

Items provided may be new or used, but must match the request made by the FIN. If the items are used, they must be in good condition (i.e. for  clothing or other linens, no holes or stains; for toys, all parts working and including; for books, no tears or marks). In other words, all items must be in condition that you would feel comfortable receiving as gift from a family member/close friend or giving as a gift to a family member/close friend. If you have any questions, please read this post for further details or contact a HH admin/mod/facilitator.  Please read this post to better understand what we mean when we ask for Gently Used Items.

Where is the off-MDC Database?
This year we will continue to host everything on MDC rather than offsite. The Holiday Helper Forum has threads with needs lists for Diapers, Coats, Toys, Clothing, etc. We will also feature a few families in need at a time, each with their own thread.

Who do we PM about donating extra PayPal?
Maybe you have a few dollars in your PayPal account. Maybe it is just a bit of spare change. If twenty people send us their spare PayPal change or a few dollars that is a gift certificate for a Mom-In-Need!

You don't even need to PM anyone! Just send your PayPal donations to: MDCHolidayHelpers2011@gmail.com

All money received to this account will go to helping MDC MIN.


If you have any further questions regarding eligibility or rules please PM AdinaL

When PMing offerings to our Facilitators please give 24-48 hours to update FIN profile information and to reply to questions you may have - we hope to be very busy spreading the joy!

 
 

 

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We will be extending the application period.  Applications will be accepted for at least another week, until November 7th.  

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Applications are still being accepted!!!  We will be holding the application period open until November 15th at 5pm PT.  If you need to apply, please do!!

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Applications are now Closed.

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