It's wedding season and the Obama for America campaign is getting into the registry game:
UNICEF has been flooded with all the online contributions that poured in over the Christmas weekend for K.I.N.D., Kids In Need of Desks. The total we have raised this holiday season is now $1,469,639. And the total we've raised since beginning the program last year is $3,883,638 — a jump of more than $350,000 in the past 24 hours!
If you count the grand total, that's enough to build and deliver nearly $81,000 desks to classrooms in Malawi where most students and teachers have never seen a desk. We're thrilled and very gracious for your continued support.
We’re so close to the $4 million mark. Can any one of you out there in Last Word blogland help us get there? For $48, you can lift two children off the floor and you can outfit a full classroom with a $720 donation. No dollar amount is too large or small. Visit our website lastworddesks.msnbc.com or call 1-800-FOR-KIDS to make a donation.
It was a year ago this week that Lawrence told you about his first trip to Malawi. He went there with the hope of providing desks for Malawi classrooms, where most students have never seen a desk.
MSNBC teamed up with UNICEF to create the K.I.N.D. fund, Kids In Need of Desks, a special partnership specifically to deliver desks to African schools. And it is the permanent and beloved cause of this program.
Now, one year later, the full scale of your generosity has become very clear. As of today, the program has raised $2,413,999, to be exact. That has allowed us to deliver 39,949 desks, with more than 5,000 more in the manufacturing pipeline that will be delivered soon.
Thank you. We are so grateful for all your contributions, large and small.
Life is hard in Malawi but you don't see that on the face of the people. When our cameras returned to Malawi, kids literally sang their gratitude for how you changed their lives.
Before these desks get delivered to a classroom where they change the lives of the students, they have already changed the lives of the families of the people who make them. Those workers have jobs that didn't exist a year ago — thanks to you. Their families, their children are eating better than they were a year ago — thanks to you.
By purchasing one desk, you can provide a new and vastly improved learning environment for two or three students, and ultimately assist the community at large. For the price of a couple of movie tickets, you can lift an African student off the floor for the first time in her life. If you have any room left in your charitable giving budget this year, if there is someone on your gift list who has everything, consider giving that person the gift of one of these desks.
The DNC announced today it raked in $10.5 million last month, well ahead of the GOP. This amount includes money from the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising account by the DNC and Obama's re-election campaign.
The RNC’s said it collected $6.2 million donations in May. Republican officials estimated they were $24 million in the hole when RNC chairman Reince Priebus took over. They said they reduced their debt by half last month.
The Obama campaign wants to raise at least $60 million by the end of June. The campaign is on track to surpass the $750 million in 2008.
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