As a regular Wooter (a.k.a. a Woot buyer) on Woot.com, sometimes I receive email updates from them regarding their website changes or special offers. However, nothing could have prepared me for the email I received from them on the evening of January 20, 2010.
The subject line read: “A Little Bright Spot in the Dark”, and the body of the email mentioned a Wooter that purchased a “Bag of Crap” (the Holy Grail of Wooters everywhere: buyers receive three completely random items of varying values from the Woot warehouse) for a measly $3; one of the items he received was a Lumpod LED Flashlight, which he attached to his cell phone. And you know what? That “cheap” flashlight SAVED HIS LIFE by lighting his way while he was relocating to a safe place in Haiti after the earthquake.
I don’t usually say this, but OMG!
How amazing is that? Who would have thought that a $3 flashlight could have that kind of power? I was blown away by Woot’s blog post containing the full correspondence email between Bryan Meyers (the survivor) and Matt J. Rutledge (Woot’s CEO), which you can read by clicking here.
I obviously can’t take credit for any part of Woot.com’s blog post, but I very much wanted to share this with our blog readers in hopes of spreading the word! Pass on this incredible story to everyone and encourage them to donate to a worthy cause. This incident is proof that even something small can make a monumental difference!
Woot has compiled the following list of legitimate donation sites, which I’d like to repost below:
American Red Cross
Telephone: Call 314-516-2782 or 314-516-2800
Text message: Text the word “HAITI” to 90999, and a $10 donation
will be given to the Red Cross payable on your next mobile bill.
Doctors Without Borders
UNICEF Haiti Earthquake Relief
Food for the Poor Haiti Earthquake Relief
World Vision Haiti Earthquake Relief
Clinton Bush Haiti Fund
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