Here are some requests by the Hope Chest Team:
(1) Please help us save time by including your PayPal username and 2-4 sentences on what your lightwork is. The special constituency of the Hope Chest is lightworkers.
(2) We are trying to cover the maximum number with a reasonable amount. If there is a legitimate request for a larger sum of money, in cases such as medical emergencies, we will ask for validation from a doctor’s office. We may need to speak with the requester by Skype so the provision of a Skype or landline number would be handy and save time.
(3) We do realize that people have repeat needs. Perhaps in subsequent emails, if you do make a request for repeat assistance, please make reference to the fact that you’ve received past help. That assists the HC team in its decision.
(4) If you send in a request from more than one email address, do let the team know up front, rather than having them discover it later. Otherwise, if the team sees that the same person is sending in multiple requests from different emails without identifying the fact (and we have had a few cases of this), we owe it to our donors and ourselves not to send further payments. We do have software tools that identify this situation by several different routes. So sorry.
(5) Folks who have a spam protector on, I’m afraid the Hope Chest does not have the people power to go to your verification site and enter information in order to correspond with you. That may mean that we’re not able to correspond with you.
(6) Folks who want to send a cheque to the Hope Chest rather than use Paypal, here’s the Hope Chest’s mail address:
Post Office Box 2744
San Pedro, Ca 90731
(7) The financial thermometer that we’re using for the Hope Chest fundraiser goes up and down as we send money out to the lightworkers who’ve written in asking for help.
Casey is away for a week and while he’s away, the way we’re compensating for that is to add the amount we send out as an “offset” to the thermometer. We do that each evening so as to let you know how much we’ve raised overall. But we cannot prevent the thermometer from fluctuating during the day as we send out your donations.
So we just need you to be aware that we’re working with the exigencies of the software and our knowledge of it and we apologize if this seems a bit confusing at times.
Also we do need to add that we’re not experts in the use of this software package. There are several team members involved in the process of estimating totals, changing the software, etc. It’s conceivable we could make a mistake. We just need you to know that any mistake we make is not intentional. We’ll periodically run a test of its accuracy and make adjustments as needed.