Just over two weeks ago, we kicked off the 2015 edition of our annual Charity Drive sweepstakes, where we urge readers to donate to a good cause for a chance to win some of the piles of vendor-provided swag we can't keep. Since then, Ars readers have turned the generosity meter up to 11, packing in a combined total of over $21,000 in donations to Child's Play and the Electronic Frontier Foundation so far ($21,112.60, to be precise).
That's a great start and already within spitting distance of last year's take of just over $25,000. We're aiming our sights higher than that, though... with two weeks to go until the January 4 deadline, I think we can beat our all-time Charity Drive record haul of $28,713.52 set back in 2012 (my first year running the sweepstakes). Let's prove just how deep Ars readers can dig for a good cause.
If that's not enough motivation, keep in mind that each donation helps settle a battle of generosity between two deserving charities. This is the first year that the total money given to both charities in the sweepstakes has been competitive; the EFF was actually bringing in the majority of donation dollars until rather recently, when a few generous Child's Play gifts put it back ahead.