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Reminder: Donate to win swag in our annual Charity Drive sweepstakes

Reminder: Donate to win swag in our annual Charity Drive sweepstakes

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If you were too distracted this weekend by John Carmack’s Friday departure from Meta to donate to this year’s Ars Technica Charity Drive sweepstakes, don’t worry. You still have time to donate to a good cause and get a chance to win your share of over $2,000 worth of swag (no purchase necessary to win).

So far this year, in less than two weeks, more than 160 readers have donated nearly $12,000 to either the Electronic Frontier Foundation or Child’s Play as part of the charity drive (Child’s Play is leading in the donation totals by about $1,000, for what it’s worth). That’s still a long way from 2020’s record annual haul of over $58,000, but there’s still plenty of time until the Charity Drive wraps up on January 3, 2023.

That doesn’t mean you should put your donation off, though. Do yourself and the charities involved a favor and give now while you’re thinking about it. Don’t forget and end up kicking yourself in January for not participating.

See below for instructions on how to enter, and check out the Charity Drive kickoff post for a complete list of available prizes.

How it works

Donating is easy. Simply donate to Child’s Play using PayPal or a credit card or donate to the EFF using PayPal, credit card, or Bitcoin. You can also support Child’s Play directly by picking an item from the Amazon wish list of a specific hospital on its donation page. Donate as much or as little as you feel comfortable with—every little bit helps.

Once that’s done, it’s time to register your entry in our sweepstakes. Just grab a digital copy of your receipt (a forwarded email, a screenshot, or simply a cut-and-paste of the text) and send it to with your name, postal address, daytime telephone number, and email address by 11:59 pm ET Tuesday, January 3, 2022. (One entry per person, and each person can only win up to one prize. US residents only. NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. See official rules for more information, including how to enter without making a donation. Also refer to the Ars Technica privacy policy.)

We’ll then contact the winners and have them choose their prize by January 31 (choosing takes place in the order the winners are drawn). Good luck!

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