What is this? care_faith_hope is a fandom auction to benefit faithhopetricks. Bidding begins on September 28, 2009, Monday, 10 a.m. Pacific time, and closes on October 10, 2009, Saturday, 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. Please do not bid until bidding opens.
What's the cause? This auction is to raise money for the medical expenses of faithhopetricks and her husband. They have no health insurance and no savings, and her husband requires immediate heart surgery.
Her husband has a congenital condition which caused him to have a heart attack and double stents placed while he was still in his thirties. He now needs to have multiple stents placed. It has also not been determined how much of the costs of the operation will be covered by the hospital: it may cover most of the costs, some of the costs, or none of the costs.
Regardless of the costs of the procedure itself, he will also require cardiac rehab and very expensive medication, which may be partly but will certainly not be entirely covered. He also has multiple and, given his heart condition, potentially life-threatening other conditions, all of which have gone untreated or poorly treated due to his lack of health insurance. faithhopetricks also has multiple and severe health conditions which have also gone untreated or poorly treated due to his lack of health insurance.
This auction is to raise money for their combined medical and medical-related expenses. (Medical-related includes things like taxi fare to get her husband to his cardiac rehab appointments.)
Some details have been left out for reasons of privacy. Please do not contact faithhopetricks to inform her of government assistance programs she can apply for. We are working on that. However, if you know of job openings for an IT professional in greater Seattle, her husband will be seeking a job as soon as he recovers.
How can I help? You can bid on fanfic, original fic, vids, cookies, memorabilia, critique/betas, and much more! Or you can offer your skills and services as a writer, vidder, baker, knitter, or whatever else you'd like.
How do I bid?
1. The tag lists at the right of the main page, also to be found here, list everyone who is offering under "seller," the types of services and items under "offered," and the fandoms sorted by media (tv, movie, etc.)
2. Comment to an offered post with the amount of money (USD for consistency) you wish to bid, plus what you're bidding on if more than one service or item is offered. If someone else raises the bid in a reply to your comment, bid again by replying to their reply with a higher offer. In other words, keep the replies to a single thread so that people will know when they've been outbid. This will continue until the auction closes and the highest bid wins.
3. There is also a "buy now" option. "Buy now" can be exercised with the first bid on an auction. Once "Buy It Now" has been exercised, further bidding will not be allowed.
Note: If bidding on food, you should probably be in the continental USA or be aware of customs regulations regarding food shipments to your location.
How do I pay? Make your donation to Rphoenix2 at hotmail dot com via Paypal. Rachel Manija Brown ( rachelmanija) will transfer the money to faithhopetricks. Once you have done so, comment to the post you bid on to confirm it, and so we will be able to add up donations and let you all know how much money was raised. This is on the honor system, and we trust you to be honorable.
!!NOTE!! ON PAYING: Please send the money via Paypal by means of a bank transfer, eCheck, or PayPal balance, because then there are no processing fees and no limits. I strongly discourage people from paying via Paypal by credit card.
On the "Review your payment and send" screen (which I got to by "Send Money," putting in your address & the amount, and choosing "Personal" and "Gift"), you should see "Payment Method" in the middle of the screen. You can change it there if necessary. "Instant Transfer from [your bank account]" is fine, as is "eCheck" or "PayPal balance."
It should default to Instant Transfer if you have a bank account with PayPal already.
How do we contact each other after a winning auction?
Winning bidder: Please reply to the original post with contact info. To preserve your privacy, you may delete the post after it's made. Sellers: Please turn on comment notifications until you have heard from your bidder. If this doesn't work for you, please contact the mods and we will put you in touch with the relevant parties.
How do I offer an item or service? 1. Join the community via the user info page.
2. Make a properly tagged and headlined post. You can find the list of tags here. Please check the format of the tags before making up your own. Standardized tags help people find your offer.
3. Tags must include your name (a pseudonym or LJ handle is fine), what you're offering (e.g. fic, vids, baked goods), and what fandoms you're offering (if relevant).
These tags must be standardized as much as possible so bidders will easily be able to search for what they want. Please write your tags as set below. That is, tag as "fanfic," not "fic."
Tags for offerings must be as follows: offered: fanfic, offered: original fic, offered: interactive fiction, offered: roleplaying games, offered: vid, offered: food, offered: fanart, offered: original art, offered: clothing, offered: jewelry, offered: critique, offered: poetry, offered: music, offered: misc items, offered: misc services. Check the tag list for the most up-to-date version. I'll try to keep this up-to-date, but may lag.
EDITED: For simplicity, since this is smaller than livelongnmarry, we are going with a simpler fandom tagging format, e.g. "fandom: buffy the vampire slayer" or "fandom: swordspoint" or "fandom: xxxholic." If in doubt, check the existing tag list as a guideline. I will do my best to go through and clean up tags, so just do your best. Bidders should always check post details: for example, someone might be willing to write any Buffy the Vampire Slayer smutfic except Angel/hyena!Xander. (Hey, you never know.)-- yhlee
Please forgive our limitations and do your best with the tag system.
Headline: Offered: Fanfic
Offer: I will write fanfic of no less than 1000 words in the following fandoms: Supernatural, Gundam Wing, Swordspoint. I don't do Wincest or non-con, but am comfortable writing gen or shippy or pron, as you wish. I am also probably willing to write in any fandom I'm familiar with, but email me first if you want to make a special request.
Contact: My email is in my user info.
Delivery: I will have your story written by November 1.
What if I don't have an LJ account? You can still bid by manually signing your name and some sort of contact info. Selling will be more difficult. If you don't want to get a free LJ account for this purpose, please email the mods and we'll figure something out.
I have a question, suggestion, or complaint. Please contact the mods, rachelmanija and yhlee, through LJ messaging or email: Rphoenix2 at gmail dot com or requiescat at cityofveils dot com.