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Making Christmas Merrier Making Christmas Merrier IV - BC Children's Hospital Charity

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Introducing Making Christmas Merrier IV

 

Each year around the holiday season, the entire Poniverse community rallies around one of our marquee events dedicated to providing a better Christmas to the young patients at BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver Canada. The money raised will go toward their Christmas fund and an effort to ensure that each child will have a better holiday. For a family dealing with some of the medical conditions common in a pediatric hospital setting, a showing of generosity from a stranger can and does make a profound difference. It inspires hope and love. Hope that there is more than just struggling and concern about tomorrow. That is at the heart of this campaign. We aim to show, all of us together, that there are individuals out there that care.

For a great idea of what we can do as a community, check out the past MCM events.

2011 - The initial event. This started based on a simple status update from a member. Look where it took us. <3
2012 - We made $1810.00 and introduced some traditions that carry through to this very event.
2014 - Surpassed our goal of $3000.00! Also much much embarrassment was inflicted on the staff.



 

A day in the life of BCCH. These are the people your donation is helping to support. If you can spare seven minutes I would definitely give it a watch.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGxRmtHBqvI



Donations


New for this year we are introducing a new primary site to donate to collect donations to go along with the MLPF's own system. Hosted directly on the event page of BC Children's Hospital, you can make your contribution via credit or debit card (Visa, Mastercard and American Express only).





BC Children's Hospital Donations Page


IMPORTANT! To ensure that your donation can be credited to you individually for specific perks (hint hint), please disclose your member name in the field dedicated to announcing a pseudonym. Alternatively you can PM me to validate :)

Example of where to enter your member name when making a donation:

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FAQ


Q: What if I can't pay via credit or debit card, or my card isn't accepted by the hospital?
 



A: Use our PayPal donation page: PayPal Donations

 
 
Q: What if my card is declined or otherwise runs into problems?
 

A: Call your bank and ask them to allow the charge. If that doesn't work, use our PayPal donation page: PayPal Donations

 
 
Q: I cannot or don't want to donate in Canadian Dollars. What do?
 

A: Use our PayPal donation page PayPal Donations - it has an option to donate in US Dollars

 
 
Q: What is the goal of this event?
 

A: Making Christmas Merrier is about collecting donations to support the purchase of Christmas presents for the patients at BC Children's Hospital. We hope that a meaningful gift from Poniverse to BC Children's Hospital will make the holidays better for them and their patients. Besides, it's also a perfect chance to show the world how kind and caring bronies can be!

 
 
Q: How much money are you looking to raise?
 

A: As much of it as we can!

There is no upper limit to the amount of money BC Children's Hospital will accept - like any other non-profit organization, they'll find a use for every last cent of it.

However, if you are looking for a number to attach to the event, with $4000 is the goal we are striving to hit this year,

 
 
Q: I donated, what else can I do?
 

You can still help us out by promoting it everywhere you can! Link to this thread in your signature on other forums, tweet about it, tell your Facebook friends, shout out in your personal blog - every little bit will help! If you see a message from @Poniverse ... please retweet. :D


 
Q: Can I donate the old teddy bear I had as a child?
 

A: No.

We are not accepting physical item donations this year.



Q: Will MLP Forums/Poniverse keep any of the money I donate?




A: No.
All of the money this fundraiser collects will go to BC Children's Hospital. This fundraiser is separate from the contributions we accept for Poniverse's upkeep. 
 
Please note: if you're donating via PayPal, PayPal will deduct a small processing fee, which will be reflected on our public donation page. USD donations will be converted to CAD at our bank's exchange rate when we deliver PayPal donations to the hospital.

 




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Stretch Goals



While we would likely all agree that helping to bring a smile to an ailing child requires no reward or recognition, the MCM is also about celebrating the virtues of our community and saying thank you to all of those that participate. Bringing joy to others, celebrating the spirit of the season, and having fun in the process is an enduring element to this tradition. Last year we introduced stretch goals for certain fundraising objectives. Some were thank you's to the community, and others were designed to embarrass staff and give everyone but a victim a hearty laugh. I am pleased to announce that we have brought this back for this years fundraiser.

Below are the goals, hidden and ready to be opened as we reach each level. As we reach each goal, it may trigger other threads or events. As we will be using two platforms to raise money this year, the sum of both will count toward these goals. Have fun guessing what is in each present or ornament ... the hints are there if you look closely enough.

 

 

 $100 Goal is unwrapped - Element of Generosity Badge

 

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This is awarded to donors who contribute at least $5.00

 

 

 

$250 Goal is unwrapped - Staff Name change and Giveaways!

For each $5.00 donated your name will be placed into a drawing for several giveaways*, such as Pony Merch, Steam Games, and the ability to alter a staff members name for your own amusement. Stay tuned for more announcements on different prizes and giveaway announcements. 

 

*If you mail a self addressed stamped envelope to us you can be entered in the drawings as well. 

 

Poniverse Networks

Suite 248
1641 Lonsdale Avenue
North Vancouver BC V7M 2J5
Canada

 

 

$500 Goal is unwrapped - Staff Solo Song

A Staff member of your choosing will sing a song of your choosing. It has begun!

 

Also +1 Name Change Prize to the pool. 

 

 

 

$750 Goal is unwrapped - Newsletter and Member Q&A 

Adding to our giveaway pot we are going to pull one lucky donor's name to be a featured interview or editorial writer in Poniverse's Newsletter. On top of that we are also giving away a slot to have the Poniverse PR feature you as the star of your own Q&A on MLP Forums. 

 

Also we are up to 3 Name Change Prize's to the pool. 

 

 

 

$1000 Goal is unwrapped - Holiday Emotes 

We have added several of the mane six in glorious emote Christmas celebration mode (and a few new that we didn't see last year). 

 

:rarity:  :fluttershy: 

 

Also we are up to 4 Name Change Prize's to the pool. 

 

 

 

$1250 Goal is unwrapped - Ban a Moderator! 

This will be taking a page from the old 'sitting in jail for charity concept' but with a twist.  The community will vote for one Moderator to be banned until the next goal is reached. This ban is for reals and will be overseen by one of the Admins. They will not be able to access the forum during this time, and since their profile will be inaccessible due to the ban, we will create a fun 'roast' topic for them to view on their return. More information in the main topic.

 

We will also be doing our second solo song here shortly. 

 

Also we are up to 5 Name Change Prize's to the pool. 

 

 

 

$1500 Goal is unwrapped - Group Song 

If you guys remember Winter Wrap Up from last year, you have an idea of what you are getting. Between 2-7 members of staff will join together and sing a various duet or group songs. Admins and Department Heads are still not included ... but you are getting closer. 

 

Details on the Steam Giveaway will be posted shortly

 

Also we are up to 6 Name Change Prize's to the pool. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$1750 Goal is unwrapped - Your OC on the Forum Banner 

The banner on MLP Forums is our brand. It is what visitors see when they first come to our site. Only a select few have ever had their OC on the banner, and that has always been reserved for staff in the rare case it has happened ... until now. 

 

During our post MCM Giveaway in which the lucky winner will have his or her OC featured in a MLP Forum Banner custom made by one of Poniverse's staff artists . Each $5 donation received will earn you a chance for this and any other giveways we have. So if you donate $5.00 you are entered. If you donate $20.00 then you have four entries. The more you donate, the greater your chance. Click here for a non donation related entry option. 

 

Also we are up to 7 Name Change Prize's to the pool. 

 

 

 

$2000 Goal is unwrapped - Staff reads a shipfic

The banner on MLP Forums is our brand. It is what visitors see when they first come to our site. Only a select few have ever had their OC on the banner, and that has always been reserved for staff in the rare case it has happened ... until now. 

 

During our post MCM Giveaway in which the lucky winner will have his or her OC featured in a MLP Forum Banner custom made by one of Poniverse's staff artists . Each $5 donation received will earn you a chance for this and any other giveways we have. So if you donate $5.00 you are entered. If you donate $20.00 then you have four entries. The more you donate, the greater your chance. Click here for a non donation related entry option. 

 

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Events and activities


Last year we had a series of events throughout the fundraiser. This year is no different and we expect to outdo ourselves. Pay attention to this topic, the scrolling banner, and of course follow the Poniverse Events and the Canterlot Castle Throne Room forums for more information as we announce each event. Auctions, giveaways, contests, special guests, and likely some shenanigans should be expected.

With no further ado, as the element of generosity herself once said ... IT IS ON!




 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE AND MAKE CHRISTMAS MERRIER

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I have been siting here for hours waiting for this to start.

 

All that is left to say and can be said is Let's help the kids, and truly Make their Christmas Merrier! :D

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I'm so excited for this! Get ready everyone, because this event is going to be amazing. Let's help some kids!

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I'm absolutely excited for this event as much as you guys are! It's always amazing to give a helping hand to sick people, but to also celebrate alongside with them for Christmas makes this a very special event, both to the sick children and MLPForums. It has been fun participating last year, and I'm sure that this year will be just as fun.

 

Be sure to donate, guys! Your contribution is always appreciated, no matter how big or small. :)

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Terribly excited for this year's MCM!  Let's all make some real-life heroics happen, everypony, it's time to don your metaphorical capes-and-cowls and channel your inner-superhero!!!  :muffins:   After all, there are few things more heroic than kindness and charity for those who need it most.  :rarity:

 

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I've been excited for days over this being posted.  :lol: I hope we make this year awesome. ♪♫

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Really been looking forward to this! It felt great to donate after I wasn't able to last year :)

 

Let's make this Christmas a little better for everyone <3

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May the Christmas spirit be unrivaled again this year! I hope we have another great year of donating to a good cause, and more beautiful singing as well ;)

(this day aria forum-wide collab pls)

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Whoo! Love all the great things the fandom does, glad that Poniverse takes it's part.

 

Here's to the kiddos at Christmas :)

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Not even 30 minutes in and we've smashed the first goal!  You all are awesome!  We're already nearly halfway to goal 2, so keep on giving! <3

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Between the two donation sites we just broke the first goal. 

 

 

 

 

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The Generosity Badge

 


 

The traditional Christmas Donors Badge is unlocked. Donors that give $5.00 or more will a receive a special title and a nifty "Element of Generosity" badge!

 

  1. If you aren't immediately moved to the special donors group, don't worry! We'll get to you ASAP. If you still haven't been moved after 24 hours, be sure to contact an admin.
  2. You may donate and contact an Admin to have the badge 'gifted' to another member of your choosing. Please contact and Admin to have that taken care of. 
  3. The badge will 'disappear' sometime after Christmas, so make sure to donate early to wear it as long as possible. 
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I'll sing "Jingle Bells" for doing a Making Christmas Merrier event! "Excellent" as in 40 minutes ago!  :D

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Already off to a great start everyone, keep it up!!

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Are you guys ready for ROUND 4? You sure as heck seem like it!

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Ah, it's that time of the year again!

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I'm very proud to see MLP Forums once again participating in this event. My heart has grown three sizes today, lol!

It's not much, but I sent in a few bucks for the cause. I hope we can smash our record from last year. It's such a great cause. 

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Let's do what we can to make this a Merry Christmas for kids who need! This is one of the reasons why I am proud to serve this community and I can't wait to participate in this myself. :)

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Don't forget:  Every donation from now until the end of the Silly Filly Studios Q&A which runs November 21 from 5-8 PM PST enters you to win a pre-order of the Lunar Shine Snowdrop plush!  (You can also enter by asking a question during the Q&A :D)

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I think I donated $5 last year. This year however...

 

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If you ever wanted to know what true magic really is...it's the ones that donate/participate and help children in need... 

 

~Bless you kind souls. <3

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Fun fact:  In 2 hours we've already raised close to what we raised the entire 2011 MCM drive. You all are awesome.  <3

 

Make that surpassed 2011 MCM drive in 2 hours.  That also means we've raised over 1/10th of our goal for the entire drive already <3

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IT

 

IS

 

ON!

 

This seems like a brilliant idea!

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I was waiting yesterday the whole day for this to start. Seems like we already got a nice sum in the first few hours. :D

 

Let's keep this going guys. <3

 

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Between the two donation sites and a few large donations we blew past the second goal and are closing in on the 3rd.

 

 

$250 Goal is unwrapped - Staff Name change and Giveaways!

 

For each $5.00 donation members will be entered into a series of giveaway drawings. Merch, steam games, and other extremely fun prizes like the staff name change. These will be held as closing ceremony type events in the days following the end of the event.

 

Win a name change ticket and you get to change the display name/member title/avatar of ANY staff member. Your lucky victim will need to keep your selection for one week. I believe I was "I <3 Buttons Mom" for a week.

 

:wau:

 

For each new stretch goal we reach we will throw in an extra name change ticket.

 


 

We are closing in on $500. Take a look at the tag for a hint ...

 

Somepony needs to start warming up!

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Between the two donation sites and a few large donations we blew past the second goal and are closing in on the 3rd. $250 Goal is unwrapped - Staff Name change and Giveaways!

For each $5.00 donation members will be entered into a series of giveaway drawings. Merch, steam games, and other extremely fun prizes like the staff name change. These will be held as closing ceremony type events in the days following the end of the event.

Win a name change ticket and you get to change the display name/member title/avatar of ANY staff member. Your lucky victim will need to keep your selection for one week. I believe I was "I <3 Buttons Mom" for a week.

:wau:

For each new stretch goal we reach we will throw in an extra name change ticket.


We are closing in on $500. Take a look at the tag for a hint ...

Somepony needs to start warming up!

Couldn't someone abuse that with an innaproprpiate title/name or link? Anyways, glad you are doing this, makes me happy how you always have nice events like these.
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Couldn't someone abuse that with an innaproprpiate title/name or link? Anyways, glad you are doing this, makes me happy how you always have nice events like these.

It goes without saying that I'm not going to approve anything NSFW or rule breaking ;)

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