My name is Ninalyn, and I’m coming with a request. I'm the mod of a comm called gulf_aid_now. For those of you who participated in or have heard of help_haiti, it's exactly the same concept, except set up to aid the people and animals suffering from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. For those of you who didn't or haven't, here's a thirty-second rundown on how the comm works:
We are trying to raise aid for those in the Gulf by harnessing the creativity of LiveJournal members (especially its fandoms). Basically, people post auctions for creative items (e.g. offers to write fanfiction, make icons, draw fanart, crochet/make bead jewelry/knit/etc.) or, occasionally, storebought items that are hard to find (one item promised for the next auction is a My Little Pony from Italy). Other people then bid on the auction. The winning bidder pays their bid, not to the auctioner, but to a Gulf-based charity (a whole slew of suggestions are posted on the comm, or you can choose your own). The bidder provides confirmation to the auctioner that they have donated, and then receives their item.
I'm stopping by here to ask if anyone is interested in auctioning or bidding on items; the second auction begins on the 21st, and we’d like to get as many people involved from as many fandoms as possible. The latest news from the Gulf is that the spill is probably not going to be plugged until August, which puts a lot of people in the tourism and fishing businesses out of work for a lot of months, financially speaking.
If you want to pass the word onto your flist but don't feel like writing a full post, feel free to crosspost from my personal journal; there's a public post right under the semi-friends-only banner that contains the relevant info and you're welcome to link it.