Friday, November 11, 2016

Veteran's Day Fisher House Giveaway

This year's Veteran's Day giveaway came a little late.  Well, actually, Veteran's Day came a little early.  So instead of ending the giveaway on Veteran's Day, I'll start it then.  This year's charity is the Fisher House--the most highly rated, national-scope veteran's charity I could find.  I don't feel good about directing money to the Wounded Warrior Project after their scandal.  Fisher House, for those that don't know, runs a few programs--one is like a Ronald McDonald House for vets--putting up families in places where their veteran family is being treated, they also provide scholarships to veterans and their families.  And, most importantly, they have very good numbers in terms of financials and transparency and not even a whiff of scandal.  Good stuff.

This year's contest will end on my birthday, December 5.  Get your donations in by then and I'll do drawings.  As I mentioned on the podcast, this year's giveaway will be the biggest.  My hope is that we hit the magic $2,000 mark.  We have come close before, but this one should be the biggest thanks to awesome prizes.

Here is how to enter (same as always):

1.  Go to the Fisher House Foundation Donate page, found here.

2.  Make a charitable donation of at least $5.

3.  When you receive the donation receipt email, forward it to me WITH AN UNALTERED SUBJECT LINE (I need to have the subject lines be the same so I can sort them easily, you can delete any payment or other info in the body of the email if you want).  Altered subject line emails will not be counted.  Not only will I not be able to see them to sort them, but this provides a modicum of authentication that the donation was actually made. Send it to this address:

everydaycommentary at gmail dot com

in the normal format.  DELETE ALL OF THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION IN THE EMAIL, but if you could, please indicate how much you donated.  A larger amount won't make it more likely that you win one of the two grand prizes, but I want to keep track so that I can have a total.  I am always working on another giveaway and this data would be a nice selling point to make that one happen. 
4. I will pick the winners on December 5 with the prize packages as follows:

Here are the prize tiers:

Grand Prize Winner:  Full EDC Kit

Steelcraft Todd Begg Mini Bodega

OLight S1A Baton

SOG TOC Backpack

Tactile Turn Glider Pen in Zirconium

Saddleback Leather Window Wallet

Runner Up: Filipe De Coene Kitchen Camp Friction Folder in SG2

Big Heart (biggest donation): Jesse Jarosz Apple Jack Slipjoint (made specifically for the giveaway)

Veteran Only (provide proof of military service, and don't cheat): Fiddleback Forge Bushcrafter

Cheap Ass:  Fieldline Backpack

Week 1 Biggest Donation: Army Tek Flashlight

Week 2 Biggest Donation: Kershaw Strobe (discontinued)

Week 3 Biggest Donation: Tactile Turn Slider Pen in Titanium

There is easily a grand in gear here, most of it purchased with money that comes from you buying things through the website.  There is a lot of win here.  I win because I get a steady stream of gear to review.  You win because you get to read the reviews and win the stuff.  And most importantly Fisher House wins because we all are donating (and yes, I donate every time too).  

Let's hit $2,000 this time.  We can do it.  

And to continue the running tab:

1.  Custom Benchmade Mini Grip 555hg with S30V steel ($130)

2.  Inkleaf Leather Moleskine Cover ($70)
3.  Iain Sinclair Cardsharp ($20)
4.  American Cutlery Over the Top Pocket Clip ($7)
5.  Boker Exskelibur II ($40)
6.  Coated Aircraft Cable ($3)
7.  RoBoT One Piece Multitool ($57)
8. Leatherman Sidekick ($30)
9. CRKT Ripple 2 ($30)
10. CRKT Mah Eraser ($100)
11. Steve Ku Quantum DD ($60)
12. LED Lenser M7R ($120)
13. Sunwayman M11R Mr. Elfin ($80)
14. ESEE Candiru ($50)
15. TT PockeTTools TT-7 ($30)
16. MBI CoreTi ($75) 

17. Ka-Bar Mini Dozier ($15)
18. CRKT Drifter G10 ($18)
19. CRKT Drifter SS ($18)
20. Lighthound 1xAAA light ($25)
21. Lighthound 1xAA light ($25)
22. McGizmo Haiku Hi CRI edition ($500) 
23. TAD Dauntless Mk. II ($350)

24. CRKT Enticer ($40)

25. CRKT Swindle ($50)

29. MBI HF-R with Zoom Head ($150)
30. Bellroy Note Sleeve Wallet ($90)

31. Spyderco Domino ($190)

32. Zebralight SC600 Mk. II ($100)

33. Tuff Writer Ultimate Red Clicky ($100)

34. TT PockeTTools 69 ($40)

35. TT PockeTTools Thumb Drive ($10)

36. TAD Gear Camo Dispatch Bag ($200)

37. Brous Blades Bionic ($180)

38. 2x Micro Systainer (courtesy of Woodcraft)($100 total, $50 each)
39. 2x Obtainum Wallet (courtesy of Obtanium Wallets)($400 total, $200 each)
40. Spyderco Dragonfly II in Super Blue (courtesy of the blog)($100)
41. Thrunite T10T Titanium (courtesy of the blog)($50)
42. Inspirs TTi 120 Pen (courtesy of Inspirs Designs)($100)
43. Kershaw Skyline with Blue G10 and Blackwash blade (1 of 211 made)(courtesy of the blog)($100)
44. oLight i2 EOS (with bolt on clip, out of production) (courtesy of the blog)($25)
45. Masterstroke Air Foil Twisty (courtesy of Masterstroke Pens)($75)

46. James Chapter Knife ($200)

47. Prometheus Beta QR v2 ($80)

48. RC Fibers D15 Wallet ($50)

49. TT Keeper OMPT ($40)

50. Karas Kustoms Ink ($60)

51. Mini Mechanic's chest ($20)

52. ZT0770CR ($170)

53. Malkoff MDC ($100)

54. Bellroy Elements Pocket ($60)

55. Prometheus EKO OMPT ($40)

56. Smock Knives modded Kwaiken ($250)

57. ZT0562 ($200)

58. Arno Bush Baby ($140)

59. Kershaw Amplitude ($30)

60. Spyderco Cat ($50)

61. Lynch PM2 Upgrade Kit ($70)

62. Buck Mini Spitfire ($40)

63. American Knife Company Forest Knife ($240)

64. Zero Tolerance ZT0909 ($180)

65. Limited Edition Zero Tolerance Pen ($100)

66. Anso Matrix Card Holder ($200)

67. Field Notes 3-pack Night Sky Edition ($20)

68. Fenix RC09Ti ($100)

69. AG Russell One Handed Knife K-12 ($100)

70. FourSevens Paladin ($100)

71. Ontario RAT II ($30)

72.  Thrunite Tool AAA ($30)

73.  Graham Stubby Razel Midtech ($350)
74. Steelcraft Mini Bodega ($445)
75. Olight S1A Baton ($50)
76. SOG Toc Pack ($159)
77. Tactile Turn Glider Pen in Zirconium ($200)
78. Saddleback Leather Front Pocket ID Wallet ($70)
79. Filipe De Coene Kitchen Camp Friction Folder in SG2 ($300)
80. Jesse Jarosz Apple Jack Slipjoint (made specifically for the giveaway)($325)
81. Fiddleback Forge Bushcrafter ($375)
82. Fieldline Backpack ($10)
83. Army Tek Viking($100)
84. Kershaw Strobe (discontinued, curse you THOMAS! ;) )($40)
85. Tactile Turn Slider Pen in Titanium ($100)

Total: $9172

In particular, I'd like to thank Olight, SOG, and especially Will Hodges of Tactile Turn.  As if you needed another reason to frequent his site and buy his stuff--he gave these pens away and as a small time maker they bite into his bottom line a lot more than they would if he were a huge company.  So, when you can, go grab something from him as thanks.  You can grab at random, its all awesome. 


  1. Done. Thank you, Tony, for organizing such a beneficial opportunity for your readers. Great idea, I hope everyone takes part.

  2. Tony, when is the deadline for donation info to be sent to you?