Look, I'm not going to beat around the bush here, Sandy is a piece of shit. She killed dozens of people, submerged my former neighborhood in 4 ft of water, caused a friend of mine in the ICU to be evacuated down nine flights of stairs, flooded other friends' homes, destroyed a massive research animal colony, and in general has devastated a city that I love like no other. My thoughts are with everyone up and down the East coast affected by the storm, and I hope that all of you and your loved ones are safe and dry.
If your charitable allotments for the foreseeable future are headed for the Red Cross, that's more than reasonable. However, if you have a little you could spare for some kids in Gulfport, Mississippi who want to learn about brains, I (and they) would be so grateful. As it happens, Gulfport itself is no stranger to hurricanes, having been ravaged by both Katrina and Isaac. Mrs. Hermetz's elementary school class needs $1101 so they can have a kick ass comparative neuroanatomy lesson with human and sheep brains! Neuroanatomy has always been one of my absolute favorite topics, and I would love for these kids to get to experience all the amazingness for themselves.
Now, here's the good news and the bad news, bad news first: this project only has 14 days left until it's taken down, which means we need to act fast, because $1101 is a lot of money. The good news is, DonorsChoose has just released a Match Code for all Science Bloggers' donors to use, which means that your money goes twice as far! The code is SCIENCE, and you'll enter it in the box that says "Match or Gift Code" when you go to check out, starting at 9am Nov 1. And if you give to "Brainology" through my Giving Page, you'll also be entered in my cocktail video contest to win a cocktail of your very own!
With this Match Code, I seriously think we can do this, you guys! All hands on deck! Let's get these kids some BRAAIIINNNNZZZ!