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Old 12-03-2010, 11:00 PM
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Default Help Me Win $1250 for Kids Who Need It This Christmas

<p>Hi everyone!&nbsp;<strong>I need your help</strong>&nbsp;to win an&nbsp;<a href="http://apps.facebook.com/unboxingday/about.php" target="_blank">unboxing&nbsp;contest that Best Buy is running on Facebook</a>, and it&rsquo;s for a good cause.&nbsp;Since I&nbsp;<a href="http://www.youtube.com/thoughtsmedia" target="_blank">do a lot of those</a>, I thought hey, why not enter? There are two grand prizes of $2500 CAD each, awarded as Best Buy gift cards. Since we&rsquo;re coming up on Christmas, sharing the grand prize if I win makes sense &ndash; so I&rsquo;ve publicly committed&nbsp;to&nbsp;<strong>donating half of the prize ($1250)</strong>&nbsp;to kids involved with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.bbbscalgary.com/bins/index.asp" target="_blank">Big Brothers &amp; Big Sisters of Canada</a>. My mother works for that organization, and I&rsquo;ve seen first hand the needs that some of these families have. She works with the in-school mentoring program, which pairs younger kids with senior citizen mentors. Apparently the kids are Nintendo Wii-crazy, and it&rsquo;s an activity the seniors and kids can do together, so I think what I&rsquo;ll do is buy as many Nintendo Wii bundles as I can with $1250 (it should be at least five of them).</p><p><strong>I'd really appreciate the support of the Thoughts Media community</strong>, because - and I'll be blunt here - Twitter is such a noisy medium that every though yesterday the message about this contest went out to over 5000 people from three different people, nearly zero votes came as a result of it. I'm currently #3 in votes, but I could easily take a dominating lead if even 20% of you reading this decided to act. Please help!</p><p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2861" height="435" src="http://www.jasondunn.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/best-buy-unboxing-video.jpg" title="best-buy-unboxing-video" width="502" /></p><p><strong>Here&rsquo;s how you can help me, and the kids, win &ndash; oh, and enter to win a $150 gift card yourself!</strong></p><ol><li>Log into Facebook, and visit the&nbsp;<a href="http://apps.facebook.com/unboxingday/" target="_blank">Best Buy Unboxing Day Contest Site</a>. Click&nbsp;<strong>Allow&nbsp;</strong>when the app asks for your permission. I&rsquo;ve noticed there&rsquo;s a weird bug with Internet Explorer 8 where it loops the process for almost a minute, so you may want to use Firefox or Chrome if you run into trouble.</li><li>Find my&nbsp;<strong>Samsung Focus</strong>&nbsp;video (see above) and click on it, then click on Vote in the window that pops up. You&rsquo;ll need to fill out a little form; if you live outside Canada and don't qualify for the gift card, just put in whatever bogus information you want.</li><li><strong>Return to that contest site every day to vote</strong>&nbsp;&ndash; you can vote once every day up until December 31st.</li></ol><p>The winners will be announced January 3rd, 2011, and if I win, I&rsquo;ll announce it here and provide details and photos of the Wii&rsquo;s I purchase.</p><p>(And for the Windows Phone Thoughts readers, I'll be doing a "real" unboxing of the Focus - that was just a simplified, quick version. I've got some serious concerns about the screen...).</p>
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