TR's Christmas giveaway rolls on

— 11:51 AM on December 21, 2006

We've now raised over $4400 to help Blood:Water Mission provide clean water and clean blood supplies for Africa, but there's still plenty of time to register before Christmas Eve. You can get all the details on how to enter right here, if you haven't signed up yet.

Even if you don't win the package of killer PC parts we've assembled, you're supporting a very worthy cause. We picked Blood:Water Mission because it's working to meet some very essential needs in Africa. Back in 1993, I visited Uganda along with Adam, who is now TR's biz guy, to assist a local church in building a medical clinic, running a hospital, and working with "street kids" in Kampala. We also visited an area suspected to be the possible origin place of transmission of HIV to humans. We met some incredible people in Uganda and saw that they live day to day in much different conditions than we do. Many of the things we take for granted just aren't available there, and they live their lives much closer to death and calamity as a result. The burnt-out tanks on the roadside and rubble of old buildings around town served as constant reminders of how fragile political stability can be there, too. Blood:Water Mission's goals are about as basic as you can get in terms of meeting human needs in Africa, especially in the midst of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and we are pleased to be able to support such a cause in connection with our usual Christmas giveaway.

Thanks to all of you who have participated. Let's see if we can reach at least $5,000 before registration ends at noon on Christmas Eve.

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