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Winterfest Online 2017

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Chest of treasure the folks Below donated to the nuns

Crisis Aid International

Donations received so far
Total Saturday Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday Post-WF
$1,919.27  $100  $0  $100  $100  $100  $20  $15  $150  $256  $7.89 
$848.89 + ebay $1,070.38 = $1,919.27

As every year during Winterfest Online, we ask fans to consider supporting a selected charity as part of our celebration. It’s been a long-time tradition in our fandom to support a charity at any gathering, in person or online – it just wouldn’t truly be a B&B celebration without it! And this year’s Winterfest Online is no exception. We believe in having fun and doing good at the same time!

This year, the Wintercandlemakers have selected Crisis Aid International as our charity.

Crisis Aid International (CAI) works in some of the remotest countries in the world, providing disaster relief, water wells, medical facilities, schools, and more. Of course, many worthy charities do this. What really inspired us to select CAI was their work to rescue and provide homes for victims of sex trafficking as young as 9 years old, starting in East Africa, and now extending even to the U.S. In a world where we proclaim that women’s rights are human rights, there is great value in providing safe places for young women to thrive when hope seems lost. Due to the number of girls in need of rescue, CAI is now working to build a Girls’ Village to provide a community environment which will allow for more economic empowerment options for rescued girls and women.

But CAI, as we mentioned, does much more. Medical clinics in East Africa have provided critical health care to thousands, and CAI’s food distribution program to help mitigate malnutrition helps prevent childhood death from starvation. Water wells built by CAI in many communities have given people access to fresh, clean water for the first time. Sometimes we might overlook how important such things are in contributing to stable, thriving communities – but as in the Tunnel world, we know what beauty can develop once the basic necessities of life are provided. Supporting CAI’s efforts is really just following the path set by Father, Mary, and all those Below, offering help in what ways we can to those most in need of it.

Charity Navigator gives CAI its highest rating: four stars. To learn more, here’s CAI’s website:

Contributions will be accepted throughout Winterfest Online. It’s easy to do! You can, of course, send funds directly to our charity. If that’s how you feel most comfortable contributing, we urge you to do so. But we’d really like to send a cashier’s check in the name of the Beauty and the Beast fans who contributed during WFOL, along with a letter explaining our efforts. If that appeals to you, please contribute by submitting funds through Paypal or writing a check.

Here's how to contribute - it's easy! Click on the "Donate" button below. JoAnn Baca is collecting the contributions, so it's her e-mail address you'll see. Enter the amount you wish to contribute and click the Update Total button and follow the directions on the screen. You can donate with a credit or debit card, a bank account, or a Paypal balance. You can even use Paypal if you are outside of the United States, as Paypal will convert your donation to U.S. dollars from a variety of currencies.

If you prefer to send a check, you may make it out to “Crisis Aid International” and JoAnn will include it along with the consolidated Paypal contributions. Send it to JoAnn at:

JoAnn Baca
5560 Redland Drive
San Diego, CA 92115

To make your donation go a bit further, skip the Donate button and sign into Paypal directly. Then choose the 'I'm sending money to family or friends' option. Send it to

A reminder: we have some terrific B&B items up for auction on Ebay to raise funds for CAI! Please check them out by viewing the auctions of seller “santiago23” – every penny raised will be added to the cashier’s check going to CAI! (We thank all those who contributed such wonderful goodies for our auctions!)

If you’re having a good time during WFOL – and who isn’t?! – please consider contributing? As you can see, there are a number of ways to do it. Let’s help CAI make even more of a difference in the world. Let’s make Father and Vincent proud of us!

Items on auction on ebay- $1,070.38

Donations at past Winterfests
2006 $800.00 Doctors Without Borders
2007 $679.99 CARE
2008 $736.15 Save the Children
2009 $950.81 Direct Relief International
2010 $1,202.74 FINCA International
2011 $1,131.96 Global Links
2012 $1,356.66 Doctors Without Borders
2013 $1,796.96
2014 $2,000.49 Camfed
2015 $2,141.01 Partners in Health
2016 $1,876.741 International Rescue Comittee
2017 $1,919.27 Crisis Aid International