April Winchell of Regretsy.com started a secret santa fundraiser for 200 families who are currently in circumstances that have left them just scraping by and unable to provide even the simplest of joys for their kids during this holiday season.
The members of regretsy not only met the donation goal, they surpassed it by several thousand dollars in mere hours, making it so April would not only be able to make the gift drive happen, she would be able to give a small monetary donation to each family that they could use for bills, groceries, etc.
Unfortunately, PayPal decided to freeze April’s account and hold the rest of her funds due to their claim that the “donate” button is for non-profit use only, despite it not saying anywhere that it was a non-profit only button.
While a good majority of the donations were already processed, PayPal is requiring April to manually refund the remaining donations, all while PayPal takes a chunk of each as a transaction fee. April unable to give the monetary donation to the individual families as well due to this.
Sign on change.org to tell paypal to unfreeze April’s account.
Flood PayPal’s facebook page with lovely messages.
Spread this everywhere. Twitter, facebook, news stations, everything.
I know I have precisely one follower, but it’s worth a shot that this will get on people’s dashboard via tags and it will continue to spread. Paypal is ruining Christmas for 200 families and their children and the hard efforts of a community of people. That isn’t what the holiday spirit is about.
UPDATE: April has explained some more, specifically in regards to PayPal and the donate button, what triggered the overall freezing of her personal and business accounts, and what PayPal is going to do about all of this. The situation is looking pretty positive.
UPDATE 2: PayPal has agreed to also donate $100 to each of the 200 families who are getting support from the Regretsy secret santa fundraiser..
(Also, I know things with over a thousand notes is like a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of notes some things on here get, but jeez guys! I didn’t think this would spread this quickly. Huge props to stfuconservatives for find this and helping spread it. We definitely helped get people to listen at PayPal. Good job, Tumblr people!)