#365DaysOfKindness Days 31 & 32: Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser (and Some Stuff About Books)

For the past couple of months, Jackson and I have been working with the folks at Fusion Gaming here in Winnipeg to organize a Magic The Gathering charity tournament on behalf of our Coldest Night of the Year team, The Snowhemian Rhapsodizers.

Coldest Night of the Year is an annual fundraising walk that takes place across Canada. In Winnipeg, the walk raises funds for Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY), a non-profit agency that works with homeless and street-entrenched youth (up to age 29). The walk takes place on February 21st. We would love it if you would donate or join our team! Check out our team page to do so.

The tournament was on Saturday, and I spent the day live tweeting about it and running the bake sale table. $5 from each registration was donated by Fusion, who also took in donations of Magic cards for us throughout the day and bought them out, proceeds from which were passed on to our Coldest Night team. At the end of the day we raised just shy of $250 for RaY, which I think is pretty great for our first tournament! I've got some ideas about future fundraisers with Fusion, but that's another kindness for another day.

This is our most gracious host, Fil!

This is our most gracious host, Fil!

We had a good turnout of about 20 players.

We had a good turnout of about 20 players.

On Sunday Jackson and I spent the evening at a friend's apartment, playing games and sipping tea. My itty bitty kindness for the day was lending her some books of ours. I'm a big believer in sharing and paying my books forward, which is how I manage to keep such a small collection on my shelf even though I've read so many. Knowing that the stories I've enjoyed are being enjoyed by other people makes me happy, you know? 

I can't believe the first month of the project is already finished. January flew by, and I had a really good time dreaming up and performing all of the kindnesses for the first 31 days. Here's to another great month in February!