Hack memes for a good cause. It’s easy.

 

This is a guest post from Elena Yunusov, a past organizer of HoHoTO, who wrote this post and originally published it on her blog. It is reprinted here with her permission, and her request that we all make our own memes. My contribution is the image at the top of this post. You are welcome to create your meme and share them with us in  the comments, or on Twitter @HoHoTO.

Yes you can. Yes you can have fun and help the world all at once.

Every year for the last five years, I played for the team that organized HoHoTO, a holiday fundraiser for Toronto’s Daily Bread. We started it in 2008 when the recession hit, as a way to bring the tech/startup community together during tough times, and as a way to give back.

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So yeah. Guess what, the need for HoHoTO and giving back has never been more acute than it is today. 1.6 million Canadians used a food bank last year, and that’s 23% higher than in 2008, when the economy collapsed.

Wait. Let me repeat that.

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Mark December 19th on your calendars, people, and come to HoHoTO.

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HoHoTO is a fantastic party fundraiser for Toronto’s Daily Bread, where bubbles float in the air, people dance like they just don’t care, buy beer for strangers, and make new friends – helping the world suck a little less.

Lex's first meme caption all for #HoHoTO
Lex’s first meme caption all for #HoHoTO

You dance, hungry people eat. Tag your cat tweets, pics and memes with #hohoto, cause why not. The more people find out about the party, the better! Here’s that perfect moment of joy when you realize you actually have a reason to Instagram your cats and your food, cause every time you tag your posts with #hohoto, you help spread the word that hungry people need to eat and deserve our help. Ride the fun wave, and help others.

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It feels good to do good. All the cool kids do it! Well, you get the idea. Now, why not hack a meme! Tag it with #hohoto. It’s so fun, I just might make a Tumblr next.

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Finding and creating memes to caption is fun, and http://www.quickmeme.com/caption is as good place to start as any. Pls remember to tag your meme with #hohoto! Caption those cats. Cause cats are the future!

Why do we still do HoHoTO, after all these years? This is why.

Meme captioned by @gisuck

 

Day 3 – A Little Info Goes A Long Way – 13 Days of #HoHoTO

It’s Sunday, so today’s way you can help make a difference for Daily Bread Food Bank this HoHoTO season is a little more cerebral.  While you are sipping your coffee, take a couple of minutes to read a bit more about the charity we support and the hunger issue in Toronto.

Daily Bread Food Bank

From Daily Bread’s 2011 Hunger Snapshot, a brief picture of poverty and hunger in the GTA:

  • 1,082,000 client visits from April 2010 to March 2011, 908,000 from Toronto; 174,000 from the 905
  • 46% of adults have not eaten for a day because of lack of money
  • 40% of adults go hungry at least once per week
  • 36% of food bank clients are children
  • 19% of children go hungry at least once per week

Daily Bread believes that “research is critical to creating social change to reduce poverty, here is some of the publications they’ve created to educate and engage the public and to push the government towards innovative and realistic policy solutions for hunger.”

Here is some more information to help you understand why what HoHoTO as a community does is so important: