Apr 27, 2015

The Final Plea to Finish the CRPCR Monitor Drive

Before I retired, I donated to various non-profits frequently. I always had some mixed feelings about those donations, regardless of the cause:
  • I knew my address was being sold to other organizations as an easy touch
  • I knew half or more of my donation was funding their next marketing campaign
  • I was a little put off by them asking for a minimum donation of 100 bucks!
Well, here's one fundraiser in which you should have none of the above concerns. Our Monitor Fundraiser - So Far $422 of $500 has been raised

We have had this fundraiser running several months to raise money for computer monitors, which are rarely donated and are difficult to purchase here. If we complete it right now, we have a great opportunity to make bulk purchase of 12 monitors shipped to Costa Rica.

T-Rex bursting through a monitor screen
I hope this has never happened to you!

Prices here for used flat screen monitors are equivalent to the new cost in the States. 99% of them are at least a two hour drive away. To mitigate this extra trouble and expense, we began requiring donees to pay 20 mil colones ($38) for every monitor or laptop. Desktop units and peripherals by themselves remain free, of course.

That is how most of the $422 out of $500 of this fund drive has been accumulated. Roughly half has been spent acquiring monitors for the next donees when possible.

So, with 28 days left of this fund drive, we are short just $78, which is why I'm appealing to you.

It's also a timely request as we have arranged with an eBay seller who deals in surplus computer gear to make a bulk deal on flatscreen monitors:
  1. 8 17" HP monitors shipped to FL for $190
  2. 12 17" HP monitors shipped to FL for $260
Our shipper of choice, Lomaser Inc. headed by Mike Rappaport will make us a cut-rate deal on shipping these to Costa Rica as he did last time with our two-pallet load of used PCs, etc.

So, the total for option 1: $243, for option 2: $327

We have enough in the fund for option 1.
Completing our fundraiser allows us to do option 2. That's the bottom line.

Can you please help us acquire option 2 with a small donation, all of which goes directly to this monitor acquisition? $1, $2, $5, it all helps us reach the goal and get more PCs into the hands of the poorest Costa Rica families who have never been able to afford a PC.

Thank you so much!!


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