After being inspired by @markiplier from the years I’ve been in that community (since 900,000 subs, whenever that was???) , as well as all the people like @scribblecat27 and @c-odonoghuecom (and others in the CS fandom possibly; I’m not snubbing you intentionally!), I decided to launch a t- shirt charity campaign to commemorate the 100th episode of Once Upon a Time! And in honor of our wonderful protagonist, Emma Swan, I figured it would be perfect to have the proceeds go towards helping real kids in the foster care system. The shirt:
I did research for over a week on different charities and groups, and after everything, my searches led me to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, which seeks to place foster children in permanent homes, as well as works with older/ disadvantaged/ at- risk youth to stay on the right track and graduate high school. I can’t sum up in just a paragraph all the amazing work this foundation has been doing for the past two and a half decades (if you want to take a look, HEREis their site), but the long and the short is that it really does make a difference in those kids’ lives. And that’s why I chose to support it.
The represent campaign just ended, and while we didn’t reach our- admittedly slightly overzealous- goal of 200 shirts, it did manage to sell 53 units, which is pretty damn good, considering it could have sold zero! And with those 53 shirts sold, the campaign was able to generate $490.77 of profit, every penny of which will be donated on February 4th (since I’m new to represent, it’s making me wait) to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption. Again, that’s pretty damn awesome, considering it could have been no money. It’s so much better than nothing, and if that almost $500 can change even ONE kid’s life for the better, even just a bit, then we’ve helped increase the awesomeness level here on Earth, and that’s a success in my book!!!!
(the “views” and “conversion rate” tabs were obviously not working for me, but that’s a screencap from the dashboard of the campaign)
Anyway, the reason I am writing this post is that I just wanted to say THANK YOU. I really appreciate all the people who purchased the shirt, retweeted it, reblogged it, put it up on their facebook, shared it, talked about it, helped it get retweeted by Jane Espenson and Adam Croasdell. Even if they seem like small actions, there were enough of those small actions that something real and measurable came from them. I really couldn’t have done it without your guys’ help! And also, thank you to those who liked the shirt/ my art, and encouraged me to pursue more artistic/ helpful things like this! You guys are sweeties, and I’m flattered! :3
Good job to you guys, thank you very much for your help, and I hope we can make more of a positive change in the world together in the future. :)