Rogers $25 raffle ticket deal

[This is a guest post from Miranda MacDonald, part of the Social Media Team at Rogers]

Spend $25 on tickets, get warm device-happy fingers for you and help feed a family of four!

Hello, HoHoTOers!

I’ve got good news for your cold-but-device-happy fingers AND your conscience: Rogers has partnered up with HoHoTO so that the first 95 people to spend $25 or more on raffle tickets at the event will get a complimentary pair of device-friendly iGloves while supplies last!

You’re also helping out a family of four at the same time, since $25 will provide them with an emergency food hamper.

Here’s how iGlove redemption will work:

  • Each of those first 95 people to spend $25 or more on raffle tickets will get a special token from the raffle ticket seller
  • Bring that token to any member of the Rogers social media team to redeem your pair of complimentary iGloves (we’ll be in red shirts so you’ll know who we are)

Looking forward to seeing you all at HoHoTO tonight!

@RogersMiranda

The HoHoTO Equation: You drink = they eat.

Those of us on Daily Bread Food Bank’s email list received another stark reminder this morning of why we do all this:

Imagine how it must feel to be hungry at this time of year, knowing that soon, thousands of families across Toronto will be sitting down and sharing a meal. A meal that you won’t have, because you can’t afford it.

The holiday season can be a miserable and lonely time for those struggling with hunger. But with your help, we can make this Holiday just a little brighter for thousands of your neighbours right across the GTA.

When you buy a ticket to HoHoTO or donate online here, you are helping us to ensure Daily Bread can continue providing nutritious food through the holiday season and the cold months ahead. Every single dollar counts and you’d be amazed how far your contribution can go:

  • A $50 HoHoTO ticket can feed forty people from casseroles prepared by trainees in Daily Bread’s Food Services Training Program
  • Buy $25 worth of raffle tickets at HoHoTO this Thursday night and you’re providing an emergency food hamper box for a family of four
  • Every $100 allows Daily Bread’s trucks to deliver 55,000 pounds of food to those who need it most in our communities

The numbers are really simple, people. Come to HoHoTO. Drink for hunger.

Be a creative sponsor this season

[This is a guest post by Zoë Siskos, Community Manager for HomeStars.com. You can read more on their blog, or follow their Twitter account @HomeStars]

This time of year can be overwhelming. It seems that the biggest events, charitable promotions and holidays happen all at once. Of course, we should all remind ourselves that we are fortunate to have problems such as “Which party am I going to this season?” rather than “Where am I going to find my next meal?”

That being said, we all want to participate and help out. Many of us have certain organizations that we hold dear to our heart – like Daily Bread Food Bank for HoHoTO. But among all of the other organizations asking for help, getting recognition (i.e. money, volunteers, sponsors) is difficult. We have to be creative.

This is why in addition to being a Gingerbread sponsor, HomeStars.com is donating an additional $5 for every approved review from Dec 1 to the event.

Just click on this link to get started (and please share it with friends and family). We also have another special promotion in the HoHoTO swag bag for the first 100 attendees (you’ll have to show up early for this one)!

I also saw on Twitter that swear jars are popping up in offices all around the city – simple, creative, and I’m sure it’s quite effective. Good job to everyone involved!

And if you are one of the lucky ones that snagged a ticket to the event, give yourself a pat on the back for your donation. But I challenge you to step up even further, do something above and beyond just coming to the party. Participate in one of the existing promos or come up with something entirely new. Let’s pull together and make this a record breaking year for sponsorships and donations!


Add a little HoHoTO Love to your email sig

We’ve seen a bunch of our Twitter friends doing the Twibbon thing to show their support for HoHoTO by adding a simple image overlay to their Twitter avatar.

Of course, not everybody is on Twitter (er… they aren’t?).  So if you’re a HoHoTO supporter, how else can you help spread the word to all those people you know who are still stuck in the steam-powered world of email?

How about for the next week only (yes, HoHoTO is in just one week people!) adding a little something extra to your email signature? A little something like this, perhaps:

A proud supporter of:



A Holiday party to raise sorely-needed funds for Daily Bread Food Bank
A hyper-connected social media movement
A remarkable example of the power of self-organizing online groups
Please learn more about this amazing effort at http://beta.hohoto.ca

Copy & paste y’all. Copy & paste.

HoHoTO Swear Jars

[This is a special guest post from HoHoTO Helper Elf, Kiva Reardon. Want to add your own Holiday message to HoHoTO fans? Let us know.]

I like to swear. Well, it’s less a question of liking and more that it’s so ingrained in my vocabulary that I find I have physical reactions when I’m socially required to restrain myself.

So when I saw this video I thought: “Instead of buying tasteless American beer, why not put the money to good use?”

Our office is a creative, loud environment and a few of us take great pleasure in inventing new forms of profanity. It thus seemed logical to take this naturally occurring force and harness it for good. Just like wind and solar energy.

Like the idea? Here’s how to make your own HoHoTO swear jar:

  • Find a box/jar/object with sides
  • Open the top/cut a slot in one of the aforementioned sides
  • Swear
  • Insert money
  • Help the Daily Bread Food Bank

Tips on implementing a swear jar in your office place:

  • Create a clear penalty fee: if the rules are written there’s no way to f*%k it up
  • Big Brother is watching: you are encouraged to rat on co-workers
  • Make your mantra: “Hear a curse, go into your [man]purse.”
  • Be proactive: advance donations at the beginning of day/week can cut back on trips to the swear jar.

Looking for inspiration? Check out these #swearjars:

From @wellred

From @kiva_jane (that’s me!)


Happy f%#king holidays y’all! Let raise some d*#m money!