Thursday, January 19, 2017

108 Year Curse Ends - “EXTREMELY RARE” Chicago Cubs Items – BW Exclusive Items

The Chicago Cubs just won the World Series, to many it may not be a big deal, but to Chicago or to Sports Fans as a whole, it’s huge.  The reason is, they hadn’t won a World Series in 108 Years. 

BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising is extremely proud to be a part of a recent, EXTREMELY RARE World Series Team Signing – the entire World Series Team who broke the 108 year curse.  We are extremely proud to be able to provide these incredibly unique, extremely rare items such as the following items:

Based on the extreme rarity of these items and how very few they are, we can not offer them to charities at “No Risk.”  Based on the fact that the demand is so high, charities must purchase them prior to being shipped.  I, George Wooden (President of BW Unlimited, llc.) can assure you, along with all of our items, they are 100% authentic and all are accompanied with a Certificate of Authenticity. 

We are proud to present the follow items, even if you are not interested in these items, take a look because this is a historical moment in Professional Sports.  We are proud to present the following items for you review, enjoyment and charity fundraising purposes:

Team Signed Chicago Cubs Jersey - 2016 Chicago Cubs team signed Chicago Cubs Ben Zobrist #18 white pinstripe Majestic replica jersey with 2016 World Series sleeve patch - This jersey has been autographed by 22 members of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Signatures include: MVP Ben Zobrist, Theo Epstein, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks, Addison Russell, Dexter Fowler, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, Jon Lester, David Ross, Carl Edwards Jr, Miguel Montero, Jorge Soler, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Mike Montgomery, Justin Grimm, Albert Almora Jr, Matt Szczur, Chris Bosio, John Mallee and Dave Martinez. Item comes with a tamper-proof numbered hologram and Certificate of Authenticity which can be verified online, as well as an 8x10 collage photo of the Team signing.

2016 Chicago Cubs Team autographed 2016 World Series American Flag On Wrigley Field 16x20 Photo (22 autographs) – 2016 Chicago Cubs Team signed 2016 World Series Game 3 American flag on Wrigley Field 16x20 photo. Prior to the start of World Series Game 3 the American Flag was stretched throughout the entire Wrigley Field outfield. The 2016 World Series Game 3 was the first World Series game played at Wrigley Field in 71 years. This photo has been autographed by 22 members of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Signatures include: MVP Ben Zobrist, Theo Epstein, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks, Addison Russell, Dexter Fowler, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, Jon Lester, David Ross, Carl Edwards Jr, Miguel Montero, Jorge Soler, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Mike Montgomery, Justin Grimm, Albert Almora Jr, Matt Szczur, Chris Bosio, John Mallee and Dave Martinez. Item comes with a tamper-proof numbered hologram and Certificate of Authenticity which can be verified online, as well as an 8x10 collage photo of the Team signing.

2016 Chicago Cubs Team autographed Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Anthony Rizzo Sports Illustrated Cover 16x20 Photo (23 autographs) -  2016 Chicago Cubs Team signed 2016 World Series Anthony Rizzo Sports Illustrated cover 16x20 photo. This team photo is autographed by 23 members of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Signatures include Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks, Aroldis Chapman, Addison Russell, Dexter Fowler, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, Ben Zobrist, Jon Lester, David Ross, Carl Edwards Jr, Miguel Montero, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Mike Montgomery, Justin Grimm, Albert Almora Jr, Chris Bosio, John Mallee, Dave Martinez and Chris Coghlan. Item comes with the MLB Hologram and a tamper-proof numbered hologram and Certificate of Authenticity which can be verified online.

2016 Chicago Cubs Team autographed Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Pile Up Celebration 16x20 Photo (24 autographs) - 2016 Chicago Cubs Team signed 2016 World Series team pile up celebration 16x20 photo. This team photo is autographed by 24 members of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Signatures include Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks, Aroldis Chapman, Addison Russell, Dexter Fowler, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, Ben Zobrist, Jon Lester, David Ross, Carl Edwards Jr, Miguel Montero, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Mike Montgomery, Justin Grimm, Albert Almora Jr, Chris Bosio, John Mallee, Dave Martinez, Jorge Soler and Chris Coghlan. Item comes with the MLB Hologram and a tamper-proof numbered hologram and Certificate of Authenticity which can be verified online.

2016 Chicago Cubs Team autographed Louisville Slugger 2016 World Series Champion Logo Baseball Bat (22 autographs) -
2016 Chicago Cubs Team signed Louisville Slugger natural wood finish blonde Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Champions logo baseball bat. This team bat is autographed by 21 members of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Signatures include: Theo Epstein, MVP Ben Zobrist, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks, Addison Russell, Dexter Fowler, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, Jon Lester, David Ross, Carl Edwards Jr, Miguel Montero, Jorge Soler, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Mike Montgomery, Justin Grimm, Albert Almora Jr, Matt Szczur, Chris Bosio, John Mallee and Dave Martinez. Item comes with a tamper-proof numbered hologram and Certificate of Authenticity which can be verified online, as well as an 8x10 collage photo of the Team signing.

2016 Chicago Cubs Team autographed Rawlings Official 2016 World Series Baseball w/16 WS Champs (22 autographs) - 2016 Chicago Cubs Team signed Rawlings official 2016 World Series baseball. This baseball has been autographed by 21 members of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Signatures include: MVP Ben Zobrist, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks, Addison Russell, Dexter Fowler, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, Jon Lester, David Ross, Carl Edwards Jr, Miguel Montero, Jorge Soler, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Mike Montgomery, Justin Grimm, Albert Almora Jr, Matt Szczur, Chris Bosio, John Mallee and Dave Martinez. Item comes with a tamper-proof numbered hologram and Certificate of Authenticity which can be verified online, as well as an 8x10 collage photo of the Team signing.


2016 Chicago Cubs Team autographed Wrigley Field Stadium Seat Back (21 autographs) - 2016 Chicago Cubs Team signed Wrigley Field stadium seat back. This seat back has been autographed by 21 members of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Signatures include: MVP Ben Zobrist, Javier Baez, Kyle Hendricks, Addison Russell, Dexter Fowler, Kyle Schwarber, Willson Contreras, Jon Lester, David Ross, Carl Edwards Jr, Miguel Montero, Jorge Soler, Hector Rondon, Pedro Strop, Mike Montgomery, Justin Grimm, Albert Almora Jr, Matt Szczur, Chris Bosio, John Mallee and Dave Martinez. Item comes with a tamper-proof numbered hologram and Certificate of Authenticity which can be verified online, as well as an 8x10 collage photo of the Team signing.


BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising is a North American Charity Fundraising Leader in a “One Stop Shop” convenient setting.  BW Unlimited is the only charity provider - (See our Authenticity Standard and Policy by clicking hereIf you would like to review our entire catalog of items, please contact us at www.BWUnlimited.com.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Exciting & Vibrant - VS. - "Nobody likes Boring"

Absolutely nobody likes boring, absolutely nobody.  When it comes to marketing, do you remember walking through a Carnival when you were a child?  Bright Lights, Vibrant Colors, Music and a the Carnival Barker?  That is what drew you over to play the games. 

Charities need to keep that in mind when you begin to plan and design your marketing tactics.  Boring and “Plain Jane” catches no one’s attention – charities must keep that in mind.  Let’s begin with the flyer.  Fortunately, BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising is extremely lucky to have an incredibly artistic Graphic Designer in Bob Lynch of BV Plus.  Bob has designed everything for us including our various websites and has the ability to take my ideas of design and make them into something spectacular.

Lets start with Event Flyers – Us vs. Them

                    BW Version                                                         Their version






















As you can easily see, Vibrant attracts attention.  Plus people want to know more about the event other than the name, date & time.  We even step it up by showing them some of the items as a “Preview” of whats going to be there for auction.

We even step it up because to be honest, the menu is one of the Key’s to a successful event.  I want to know what I’m getting for the ticket price you’re asking me to pay.  It is essential that your flyers, tickets and any type of print is exciting and vibrant – and that Ladies and Gentlemen is what BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising brings to the table. 

Eye catching, exciting and vibrant.  Even before your event, people think “Wow, I’ve got to go to this.  This isn’t that normal hum drum fundraiser at the local church or fire hall.”  Then they call and ask for tickets.

But – now here is the very most important thing – Now you must deliver the event that matches and even better, exceeds their expectations.  That’s where we come in.  We will plan and manage an event that no one anywhere in the world can put together.  People truly are “WOW’d” when they walk through the door.  Our events are exciting at the very least, literally we make them a controlled three ring circus.   Excitement breeds excitement, cash starts flowing and people are loving life. 

That is what we are about and that is why we, BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising is the best in the business of Charity Fundraising.  To learn more about how we can help you, contact us at www.BWUnlimited.com.



Sunday, January 8, 2017

BW Unlimited vs. Charity Autograph Counterfeiter’s

I truly believe it’s my duty to educate, inform and protect people from being swindled, lied to or stolen from.  So, here again I am hoping that this blog reaches charities or people across North America who care about the same things I do.

Yesterday, as you will see here, we did yet another autograph signing with Ray Lewis – Legendary NFL and Baltimore Ravens Superhero.   While at the signing, people surrounding him were constantly taking photographs of him and with him including myself.  Not only is he an incredible athlete but he is an absolute icon in the sport.  Oh and btw, we also took video.  We took photos of him signing our items and then asked for a picture with me standing with him in front a Ravens Backdrop.   So, in the photo’s do you not only see Ray Lewis autographing the items but you also see me there.

Now – not only did all of that occur, but there watching Ray sign everything was a representative from James Spence Authentication (JSA).  Each item he signed received a numbered sticker corresponding to a Certificate of Authenticity Card (COA).  I am challenging other providers to at the very least MATCH our level of Authentication!!!  

Along with me, there were many other autograph dealers involved in the signing, all of which were doing the exact same thing – taking pictures and video.  Everyone wanted their picture with Ray.

We feel its vitally important to show our charities just how real we are.  Here’s how:

#1 – We use the #1 Authentication companies in the world – JSA and/or PSA/DNA.

#2 – You know exactly who we are – our names and our pictures are not only listed on our website but also on Facebook, Instagram etc.

#3 – We have and provide photos of the items actually being signed.

Now here is the rub….

For several years, honestly since the beginning of my business, there are only a few other recognizable businesses involved in the charity world as we are.  These two businesses  have been focused on offering extremely “EXCITING” items such as autographed Guitars, Drumheads, cast signed movie posters, autographed photos and now suddenly a few sports items.  I just saw a photo of a “Hall of Fame” autographed helmet.  None, not one of their autographed items are authenticated by JSA or PSA/DNA.  None of them are witnessed in person.

So I examined everything which I am going to show the major differences between our companies, here they are:


BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising (BWUCF) - VS. - Counterfeit Companies


BWUCF Point #1 - We only use the only two Authentication companies which are the standard In the autograph world – JSA & PSA/DNA.


     Counterfeit Companies - They use an absolutely unknown    Authentication company, not accepted by any major autograph dealer or website



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BWUCF Point #2 We carry commonly found items.




      Counterfeit Companies - These two (2) companies are the only   
      companies in the world who have them.  Oddly enough, several
      years ago, one of the managers left and started his own business
      and carries the exact same as the original company but somehow
      suddenly had testimonial letters from charities.  Didn’t anyone
      even look or check?
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BWUCF Point #3 – We have never been featured in a News Article, Magazine or TV Show as a Charity Counterfeit autograph item provider. 


Counterfeit Companies -  One of the companies, which both 
      companies carry the exact same items, was TV featured during an  
      investigation into a Counterfeit autographed Guitar – Inside
      Edition. Oddly enough, both companies carry the exact same item.


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BWUCF Point #4 - Our companies name has NEVER changed since it was opened.




      Counterfeit Companies – They have changed their names (both
       companies) more times than I can even recall.  Why is that?
       BECAUSE THEY ARE RUNNING!!!


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BWUCF Point #5We provide untouched, non photo shopped photo’s of the items actually being autographed and you can find out when it was signed and where through the Certificate of Authenticity.  This is a common used term in the auction or autograph community referred to as "Provenance."  The definition is this:


Provenance:  The place of origin or earliest known history of something.  The beginning of something's existence; somethings origin.  A record of ownership of a work, used as a guide to authenticity or quality. 



      Counterfeit Companies – They do not!!!  Why???  




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BWUCF Point #6 - We publicize who we are, our names and pictures.




Counterfeit Companies - They do not – Who are they?





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BWUCF Point #7 – We have many photo’s of us standing with Athletes and Celebrities which we are doing or have done autograph signings with.



      Counterfeit Comapanies – They do not – Why not?



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BWUCF Point #8 – We offer items which other Retail Companies offer across the United State and can be found all over the internet at much higher prices.



Counterfeit Companies - They are the only two companies that    
      offer these items.  Why are they the only ones be found all over the
      internet at Autographs when that is not how the true autograph
      industry works.  If you do find a true authenticated item which
      they carry, that has been authenticated by a real authentication
      company, its ridiculously much higher priced.  And don’t believe
                                the “Because its for Charity” hype.

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BWUCF Point #9 – We worked with Gene Simmons alone for 3 years.  Gene would charge us $2,000.00 for a guitar which only he provides and only he signs.  Gene absolutely refuses to sign with the rest of the band KISS – which
                                by the way, he owns.

      Counterfeit Companies – Why do they        have KISS band signed guitars when    
       Gene refuses to sign with anyone else? 
       Why is the guitar not the guitar that
       Gene will only sign?  It’s his “Axe
       Bass” which he sells himself. 

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BWUCF Point #10 – If you scour the internet, you will not find one (1) bad comment or remark about us or our items.




     Counterfeit Companies - If you scour the internet, especially  
      “Autograph Magazine Live”, you will be amazed at what you
      find.  Do it, go there, I beg you.



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Seriously – do you see the major differences?  BW only provides authentic autographs.  We beg charities to look and be well informed. 

Charities must educate themselves before accepting items from any provider, including us – BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising.

BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising is a North American Charity Fundraising leader in a “One Stop Shop” convenient setting.  Every single autographed item BW Unlimited carries comes complete with a Certificate of Authenticity (COA) from JSA or PSA/DNA.

We would love to help you, contact us at www.BWUnlimited.com.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Why is "Consignment" a bad word in Charity Fundraising?

Since I started BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising, the very first thing that I saw that I knew was a problem was that “Donations” truly don’t cut it.  Now if you know me, I am the charity fundraising “Dose of Reality” guy.  Most times, people don’t know how to take it because we live in a very politically correct world.  But reality is reality folks and here it is.

Many people in the charity fundraising world, including those who are in the business of working with charities, somehow believe that accepting consignment items in their auctions are a bad idea.  They are completely wrong and honestly are not as educated about the “Myth vs. Reality.” 

The reality of donated items is this.  Businesses are bombarded constantly with charities asking for donated items.  When they donate, they donate items they can either afford to give away or items which are not moving in their stores.  This is reality.  So then charities take these items and put them out on the auction block. 

I have seen some awful things happen and have heard some horror stories about
donated items bringing pennies on the dollar.  Plus the donors walking out of the events angry based on the low bids.  THIS IS REALITY!!! 

Donated items are NOT, and again I don’t care who tells you otherwise, bringing very much in any Live or Silent Auction.  Stop for a minute, think about the person or business who donated it…do you really think they don’t care?  Yes they certainly do because if the items sell tragically cheap, what does that say about their business?

Remember, local people attend your local event with items donated by local businesses.  If your guests wanted that stuff, they would go there and buy it themselves!!!  This is common sense.  Gift Baskets – oh my gosh, Gift Baskets. This is the “staple” in charity events.  How many gift baskets did you give away to your family and friends for Christmas?  I bet NONE. 

Let’s talk about consignment but before we do, I want to show you a VERY real life example of why it works and a HUGE charity that only relies on items which are purchased for events.  That’s right, they do NOT rely on donations. 

Ducks Unlimited.  Ducks Unlimited is the KING of charity fundraising.  They have over 1,500 chapters across the world and do at least 7,500 fundraising events each year.  Ducks Unlimited, along with several other outdoor charities have it figured out.  These charities are ALL in the outdoor sector of non profits such as:

National Wild Turkey Federation
Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
National Rifle Association
Delta Waterfowl
And several more….

They send out a catalog of items to their chapters for which the chapters, staffed by volunteers, purchase all of the items in the catalog.  That’s right I said “PURCHASE” not consigned like BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising offers. 

Now, with this in mind – Ducks Unlimited’s net revenue (That means total profit) was $194,000,000.00!!!  You can’t argue with that!!!

Folks – you need to change your mind set about consigned items. Noone, not you, not your friends, not your guests or your supporters want leftovers or junk.  There are ways to reduce your costs so that you make top dollar. 

Not only can you get awesome consigned items from us like autographed items but you can also get travel packages from us at www.CharityTravelPackages.com

Yes, you think that if you get something donated, you keep 100% of the money…but 100% of what?  1/8th of what its worth?  Seriously!!! 

You can go to your local providers and ask them if they would consider consigning items to you.  They will be very happy to and most likely donate items as well.  They get to be marketed.

You can not argue with the numbers.  Your guests want great items.  Are you paying for the food?  The Drinks?  The Venue?  Are you paying for anything else?  Then why do you then rely on free stuff to help you raise money?

Tell me why in the comments below why you think this is a bad practice…..I want to hear it.


Contact us at www.BWUnlimited.com, we would love to help you.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

The Myth about how Autographs are acquired

Because of the counterfeiters that prey on people, especially in the charity industry, there are definite myths about how autographs are acquired.  I hate to “Smash” the fantasy that you have in your mind, but this is the reality of it.
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Myth:  One or two companies, especially those in the charity industry, have the exclusive right or are the only people who can get to Iconic Musicians or Movie Superstars.  They get Guitars and Movie Posters signed either by an entire band or the entire cast of a movie. 

Truth:  Entirely False.  No one, not one company or individual has the exclusive right to only carry or get autographs from musicians or bands.
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Myth:  When an iconic Athlete or Superstar dies, their autographs are so plentiful, the price for their autographs stays the same or is cheaper.  Only a few companies have many of their autographs in stock.

Truth:  Entirely false.  When an Athlete or Superstar passes away, the price of their autograph sky rockets, making them very hard to afford.  Not one legitimate company in the world that has these autographs keeps them priced the same – remember, everyone wants to make money so everyone marks them up so that true autograph collectors will want them and will pay the exorbitant price.  Immediately these autographs become extremely rare and soon will no longer be available.
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Myth:  Autograph companies wait above dugouts, outside of stage doors or have very private signings with Athletes and Super Stars were no one else is invited to be a part of it.  Based on this, Iconic Athletes and Super Stars sign the autographs for free.

Truth:  Entirely false.  The real autograph industry is more of an assembly line.  It’s
not the “Romantic” picture everyone sees in their head.  In fact, the real industry performs these signings to ensure that the maximum amount of autographs are received.  Furthermore, it also ensures that true “Authentication Companies” are on site and can personally witness the items being signed.  Here is how it really works:  Helmets are set up in lines with a “Sticky Note” attached for inscriptions.  Photographs and Jerseys are stacked up for each player.  Also, at these signings, there are normally many Athletes present.  Athlete’s charge certain prices for certain items, helmets are normally more expensive due to the round shape.  Because of the high prices for their autographs, the signing is sent out across the country to wholesalers to reduce the cost.  Regardless, the athlete may say he will sign  1,000 autographs for $50,000.00. The more iconic Athletes such as Peyton Manning request an enormous amount of money to conduct a signing.  One of the highest priced Athletes is Derek Jeter.
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Here are a few ways to test if an autograph is authentic – Use these before you either buy or ask a company for your next charity event:

#1 – Does the company which you are acquiring the autograph from, have photo’s with their employees with the Athlete or Celebrity?  Everyone wants to get their pictures with these famous people, why doesn’t the company that is providing the item have these photos. 

FACT:  This is especially important for us at BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising.  Because the two other companies that are famous in our industry for providing autographed Guitars, Drumheads and Cast Signed Movie Posters are counterfeiters – that’s right, all the autographs that they provide are absolutely counterfeit, this is especially important to us.  As you will see, BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising has plenty of photographs of us with Athletes and Celebrities.  Plus our items come with photos of the items actually being signed and are not “Photo-shopped” whatsoever. 

#2 - Go on line and search the name of the company and the owners of the companies which are providing the items.  Go to “Autograph Magazine Live” and search the name of the company before you agree to purchase or receive items.

#3 – Let’s say you are considering receiving an autographed Guitar from one of these companies.  Search the internet to see if other companies carry the same guitar.  Also, if you find a similar guitar, check the difference in pricing.  For instance – a Rolling Stones or Bruce Springsteen signed Guitar if it were real, would truly cost $15,000.00 – not $1,500.00 (MAJOR RED FLAG). 

#4 – Ask the company where and when the item was autographed?  This is referred to as “Provenance.  The definition of which is – “The place of origin or earliest known history of something.  The beginning of something's existence; something's origin.  A record of ownership of a work of art or an antique, used as a guide to authenticity or quality.”  The company should be able to tell you exactly where and when it was signed no questions asked.

#4 – Ask the company who the authenticator is of the item autographed?  Do not listen to what the company is telling you about the authenticator.  Research the authentication company.  There are only two (2) truly authenticate Authentication companies – JSA and PSA/DNA. If other companies do not use these authentication companies, WHY NOT?  They are the only authenticators accepted by EBay and other legitimate sources. 

Do your research, don’t be fooled.

BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising only carries 100% authentic autographed items.  But counterfeiters, especially in the charity world, will say the same thing.  But do they use authentic authenticators BW uses?  No they don’t.  The items which BW provides come with various certificates of authenticity as well as photos of the items being signed. 

Another issue – why would a company say that they will take back the item if its not authentic?  BW does not guarantee that because all of our items are 100% authentic. 

Don’t be fooled.  Only deal with REAL companies providing REAL Autographed items – BW Unlimited Charity Fundraising.  Contact us at www.BWUnlimited.com.


Thursday, November 24, 2016

“Charity — Giving thanks.” https://medium.com/@georgewooden/charity-giving-thanks-cdc92115aa15