Online communities can become powerful groups. As participants share more details of their lives, they inevitably grow closer together. When something negatively affects one member, it affects all the members.
When I found out I was pregnant with Liam, I joined a community for pregnant women, specifically a group for women with December 2011 due dates. Members migrated off the site and into a Facebook group, where private details could be shared more freely.
We know each other’s birthdays, our children’s birthdays. We celebrate achievements, and support each other through hard times. We knew that a dozen or so members of our group were in Hurricane Sandy’s path. And when word came that one member, Kelly, lost everything, we rallied around her to help. Thus, this online bake sale to raise money for Kelly.
Generous people donate baked goods.
On the day of the bake sale, each baked good is listed in a blog post, with a photo, a description, and a starting price. People can bid on those baked goods by leaving a comment on the blog post. I will update the blog post all day with the current winning bid of each item.
At the end of the day, the winner sends the amount they bid to me via PayPal. I will then send the entire amount to Kelly. The winner will also send me their name and address, and the person who donated the baked goods will have two weeks to ship their donated item to the winner.
The bake sale will be held on Monday, November 12, 2012.
Bidding will begin at 9 a.m. EST. Bidding will close at 5 p.m. EST.
Winning bidders will have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, November 12, 2012 to send their payment via PayPal.
Bakers will ship the donated treats to the winner no later than Monday, November 26, 2012.
If you’d like to donate baked goods, please send me an email with the name of the item you are donating, a photo, a short description, and if available, a link to the blogged recipe (a blog post is optional – it does not need to be an item you’ve blogged before and those without blogs are encouraged to donate baked goods as well). Please send no later than Friday, November 9th, 2012.
If you’d like to bid on a baked good, check out my blog on Saturday, November 10th for a list of baked goods that will be available. Then come back Monday, November 12th, to place your bids! You may bid on as many baked goods as you like. You will only be responsible for paying for any bids you win.