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06 July 2008 @ 11:59 am
After The Theft: An Amazing Response  
The outpouring of all kinds of support for the Clarion West students whose computers were stolen has been nothing short of astonishing and heartwarming.

*Less than 48 hours* after the discovery of the robbery, we have almost enough donated funds to replace the stolen laptops. The messages of support and funds donated from those who could afford to (and possibly from those who couldn't really afford to) has been wonderful.

One thing it has made me see is that people really how intense attending Clarion West is, and what the students were going through already when they had the additional stress of this invasion of their workshop home. The sympathy and support has been really affecting. This is such a generous, responsive community. I'm in awe.

We will be buying the affected students new laptops in the next couple of days, and making certain they have both the software and hardware to keep writing. It's possible that donations may exceed what we need to do this, and if so, we will be returning them proportionally to the donors.

Thanks for everyone who did what they could, from passing on the word, to sending messages of support, to offering loaner machines, offering to donate machines, and sending funds for the replacement.

If you could, please pass on the word that we think we have enough donations to replace the laptops.

All I can say is thank you. Wow.
Sherwood Smithsartorias on July 6th, 2008 08:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is so awesome.

Here is a thought: if the donators wish, might their moneys be put in a fund against some kind of future emergency of the type?
Carlcarl_allery on July 6th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'd certainly not require any of my donation returned. If not for this, then please add it to the general fund.
Neile Grahamneile on July 8th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)

Yes, we do have an emergency fund we are working on building: it's our Founder's Fund. It's to carry the workshop itself in case of bad weather.
Neile Grahamneile on July 8th, 2008 05:06 am (UTC)

Thank you, Charlie!
Livia Llewellynlivia_llewellyn on July 7th, 2008 04:07 am (UTC)
I remember how hard Clarion was for me - I can't even imagine going through it with the addition of having my laptop stolen. So I was more than happy to donate (albeit under not the best circumstances!) - and I'd rather any extra money not be returned to me but put towards something useful for all of the students, like tuition/housing reimbursement. Or beer. :D
Neile Grahamneile on July 8th, 2008 05:12 am (UTC)

That's been the hardest for me--seeing how rough it was for the students. Though how everyone rallied around them has really helped them be resilient. They seem to be doing really well, and one of them student has already turned in a new story.
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Neile Grahamneile on July 15th, 2008 05:38 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Tiffany--

It turned out that the funds worked out to be very close.

Talk about a negative event turning around to be something wonderful. I still am blown away by it.