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July 13, 2914 | me

Posted on 07/13/2014 8:33:32 PM PDT by Leaning Right

In the past, I have hesitated about contributing to Free Republic. Utility bills are coming due, and my house needs a new roof.

But then I think about what I'd be willing to pay if this were a pay site. And then I think about all the good Free Republic does. I'll be sending out a money order, and soon.

Just something I had to say.


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1 posted on 07/13/2014 8:33:32 PM PDT by Leaning Right
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To: Leaning Right

Thank you. Every dollar helps. I know that sounds silly and trite, but it’s true.


2 posted on 07/13/2014 8:39:31 PM PDT by upchuck (The country is being billed for its own execution. ~ h/t: SpaceBar)
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To: Leaning Right

Please just figure out what you can send monthly, and set it up for auto pay. You’ll never think of it again that way.


3 posted on 07/13/2014 8:43:03 PM PDT by datura (We have a 2 party system. Conservatives vs Uniparty)
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To: Leaning Right

I gave $100 some time ago, but according to my own perception, it seemed like I got some phone calls and stuff. Dunno, just sayin’. Made me shy, for sure. If there were a bucket on the corner, I would readily stuff it with twenties.


4 posted on 07/13/2014 8:44:48 PM PDT by dr_lew
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To: dr_lew

I used a prepaid debit card I bought at the supermarket. No problem.


5 posted on 07/13/2014 8:49:01 PM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Leaning Right

My house needs MAJOR repair and my cars are in bad shape because I must pay my taxes first, and I must not forget my monthly tax payment because I made a mistake on my 2012 taxes but I still pay my FR donation of $10.00 monthly.
I won’t bother anyone with MY other problems.


6 posted on 07/13/2014 8:50:13 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Aim small, Miss small.)
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To: dr_lew
it seemed like I got some phone calls and stuff

That's why I'm going to send a postal money order to Free Republic. No personal checks. Not that I'm paranoid, or anything like that.

But FR is worth at least $10 per month to me. So a postal money order to FR of $120 makes sense.

7 posted on 07/13/2014 8:51:34 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: dr_lew
then you need to check your perceptions... then goto Wally's any get a money order
8 posted on 07/13/2014 8:56:13 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -vvv- NO Pity for the LAZY - 86-44)
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To: Randy Larsen
I still pay my FR donation of $10.00 monthly. I won’t bother anyone with MY other problems.

Well said, sir.

9 posted on 07/13/2014 8:59:00 PM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: dr_lew

I don’t generally give large amounts, and only semi-regularly, but I did also give $100 once, and noticed no uptick in phone calls or emails. I wouldn’t worry.

Now, if you give to a political candidate and they sell their donor list...now that’s a different story. It seems that half of some days are spent culling emails from obscure sources.


10 posted on 07/13/2014 8:59:39 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Conservative 2016!! The Dole, H.W. Bush, McCain, Romney experiment has failed.)
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To: Leaning Right

Thank you. We need this forum. One voice of freedom available.


11 posted on 07/13/2014 9:00:10 PM PDT by FlyingEagle
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To: dr_lew; Leaning Right; Jim Robinson
Jim has NEVER called anyone that I know of for any fund raising or telemarketing.

I must not understand to what your allusions are referring, but, really, there is nothing happening from “the management.”

If you are getting crank calls, it's not likely due to Free Republic donations. Really.

12 posted on 07/13/2014 9:18:25 PM PDT by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: dr_lew
I have contributed to FR on a semi-regular basis whenever I can with whatever I could afford at the time. Over all the years I have never noticed an uptick in phone calls or any other solicitations.

However, it seems like every time I purchase more air time for the phone I begin receiving a sudden surge in the number of unknown and restricted calls coming in immediately after that. Then when I do a reverse-phone-lookup I notice quite a few others commenting about loan and mortgage offers from people with heavy foreign accents. As well as crank or vitriolic rude persons on the other end.

You might consider that it is not FR that is causing you your posted difficulties, especially considering that there is no advertising or ad-linkies allowed so there is no one that would have the ability to connect your donation to any information other than what you posted online.

Plus, as others have mentioned, a prepaid debit card is quite handy for all manner of donations. :)

13 posted on 07/13/2014 9:20:45 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Leaning Right

FR is going to just fine. The lights won’t go out nor will the posts. We will see some interruptions which are typical towards the very end of every drive but that is just normal for “OMG!!! Hurry, DONATE!!” type thing.
The owners aren’t hurting and this site is basic by nature with limited bandwidth costs. I’ll probably get banned again for saying so; but the owners should put up their quarterly expense costs; it would make it a lot easier to justify donating (and I think you would be surprised at what they are charging for a perl based site vice the “real” expenditures”).


14 posted on 07/13/2014 9:30:02 PM PDT by Ghost of SVR4 (So many are so hopelessly dependent on the government that they will fight to protect it.)
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To: dr_lew

Thanks, but we make no telephone solicitations. No calls, no direct mail, no email spamming, no advertising, no marketing whatsoever


15 posted on 07/13/2014 9:34:55 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Leaning Right

Thank you very much.


16 posted on 07/13/2014 9:35:29 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Leaning Right

Monthly donors rock!

17 posted on 07/13/2014 9:39:26 PM PDT by Baynative (How much longer will the media be able to prop up this administration?)
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To: Leaning Right
C'mon and join us in the club! ;^)
18 posted on 07/13/2014 9:45:13 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" means something different to 0bama.)
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To: Ghost of SVR4; Jim Robinson; John Robinson

Clearly, you have no idea what the costs are for colocation services, database administration, systems administration, webserver administration, storage, backups, etc. Bandwidth ain’t the majority of the cost, genius.

Furthermore, your not-so-subtle suggestion that Jim and John are initiating system outages on purpose to get donations would be laughable if it weren’t so damn insulting. I am a DBA, sysadmin, webadmin, and computer programmer. I know WTF is involved in taking servers offline. It ain’t unplug-n-play, b*tch.

Now, step off.


19 posted on 07/13/2014 10:14:42 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Ghost of SVR4

Our expenses are no secret: https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/budget


20 posted on 07/13/2014 10:17:48 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Ghost of SVR4
...you would be surprised at what they are charging for a perl based site vice the “real” expenditures”...

Just what's that supposed to mean?

21 posted on 07/13/2014 10:19:47 PM PDT by shove_it (My real nickname is Otter)
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To: Ghost of SVR4; Jim Robinson
...the owners should put up their quarterly expense costs...

It's none of your business. It's nobody's business. We're guests here thanks to the generosity of Patriot Jim Robinson. How he chooses to spend the contributions to Free Republic is solely up to him. If he offers to provide any information, it's an act of kindness. Being nosy about our host is bad form indeed. It strikes me as not much different than visiting a friend and asking to see his checkbook. I have the utmost respect and admiration for the boss and think it best not to pry into his affairs.

22 posted on 07/13/2014 10:32:10 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Jim Robinson

Exactly.

The monthly budget for systems & programming is chicken feed. One normally pays WELL above that for just babysitting a server. If the admin has to actually touch the keyboard ... cha-ching!

Just sayin’.


23 posted on 07/13/2014 10:36:13 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Ghost of SVR4
OK... Here's a thought: if you are so convinced you can do a better job, or at least a cheaper version of this website you seem to have such a low opinion of, please feel free to start your own "more-better" site and promote it however you wish.

On your own dime. Not ours.

In the meantime, you can probably find a more suitable audience for your unhappiness at a website which would be more in line with your shared opinions such as the DU website, or perhaps aljazzeeruh.

Thank you for sharing (/sarc), and mind the door on the way out.

24 posted on 07/13/2014 10:40:51 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Utilizer
In the meantime, you can probably find a more suitable audience for your unhappiness at a website which would be more in line with your shared opinions such as the DU website, or perhaps aljazzeeruh.

Well said! Free Republic is supreme when it comes to breaking news and informed option. As America's premiere site for Conservative Activism, those who don't mind their own business by being ungracious to our host are merely showing their communist leanings.

25 posted on 07/13/2014 10:51:59 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: re_nortex

Thank you. I actually wanted to vent quite a bit more rudely, but he probably posted and ran off, not to mention I did not want to get the posts pulled for saying what I really felt about his opinion(s). Obnoxious twit, he is.


26 posted on 07/13/2014 10:57:38 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Leaning Right

I love contributing and have been doing so quietly for
Many years. But I just wish there were a way to have FR meet the phone and tablet world. It makes me sad that I can’t even freep on my phone because the font is either too small or else you can’t see the sides of the lines.

I always wonder how much it would cost to adjust it or change the format. There are many forums where you can see everything in a decent sized font, upload pics and gifs quickly, use html, quote things in clear obvious blocks, and FR always stays the same.

Content on FR is superlative (depending on who’s commenting, but usually). But the structure is outgrown. The search feature doesn’t work. When you click away on a link and return,you don’t return to where you left so you have to search for it, and it just isn’t handy for mobile use.

What would it take to make some changes to bring it up to date?


27 posted on 07/13/2014 11:05:07 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

Good point, a Free Republic app to make all that easier would be nice. Couldn’t we just rip off some other open source app??


28 posted on 07/13/2014 11:06:23 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Ghost of SVR4
Free Republic is worth more than ANY dollar amount we could assign to it. Jim Robinson could put annoying but revenue-generating ads on the site. He doesn't. FR is THE Conservative site. Nothing else can even come close, and I am thankful I have this place to come to every day to maintain my sanity.

I'm giving extra this Freepathon to make up for those who don't know what they've got 'til it's gone.

29 posted on 07/13/2014 11:11:14 PM PDT by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: Yaelle

http://createfreeiphoneapps.com/

http://www.appsbar.com/

http://appmakr.com/


30 posted on 07/13/2014 11:16:19 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

I love it but I’m not the one to do it. I am no techie. But I’d be willing to chip in for it.


31 posted on 07/13/2014 11:17:57 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Ghost of SVR4; Jim Robinson; BuckeyeTexan
A reading of your post seems to indicate that you, a registered user of this Conservative Forum since Jun 3, 2013, are doing so without donating since per your logic, monies are not needed since website, management, and hosting are merely paltry expenses. Even further, by implication you are seemingly saying that Jim Rob and company are running a scam by asking for donations.

Since only 5% of registered FReepers actually support this site, your comments place you in the realm of the 95% who are FReeploaders.

Doing your thing on someone else's dime is not a conservative value, but does fit in with the 'Gibemedats' that are being supported on wage-earners tax dollars.

Going further, your comment seems to lie within the post-type of a certain ilk of antiFReepers who visit these pages to disrupt and discourage. (Could that have a bearing on being banned previously? Are you a retread? What was/is your name of TBL?)

Having said that, it is of note that your name does not appear on the list of Dollar-a-Day donors. It is absent from the 300 club. There is also no mention of your ID in the list of Monthly Donors. While recognizing that these lists are non-inclusive and opt-in only, your absence might be an indication that you are just a FReeploader. Skating on another's dime. Like so many Obamavoters. While attempting to cover yourself with a patina of conservatism.

In case this is an unjust rendering of your wording, intent, and personhood, it is highly recommended that you redeem yourself by performing the following TWO acts.

First CLICK HERE and follow the prompts. A sizable donation will be most appreciated. And needed. And will shorten the FReepathon. You might choose to make that a monthly donation. And when you do so, opt to have your name on the monthly donor's list so no one can call you a FReeploader again or surmise by your lack of donating that you are a TBL DemocraticanimalPosteriorOrafice.

Second, contact the FReepathon Team (or even Jim Rob - he'll give you the info) and volunteer your time and expertise (which you seem to feel you possess in sufficient quantity as to cast aspersions on FR management) to the effort to get the 95% of FR users who are non-donors (you know - FReeploaders, possibly, due to lack of evidence to the contrary, just like you) to donate to the support of this unique Conservative Forum that you are using.

You know, so you won't be thought of as a FReeploader. Or a TBL antiFReeper..

Otherwise, take Buckeye Texan's advise.

32 posted on 07/13/2014 11:22:00 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Yaelle

Do you Jim and John would mind? I imagine the site architecture would make it a bit tougher than a free app maker would allow.

Well, if we can read and post, even off the main forum, it would be a nice start.


33 posted on 07/13/2014 11:22:20 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Yaelle

Anyone have a really tiny FR logo?


34 posted on 07/13/2014 11:22:48 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Yaelle

Try the Opera browser. They have both an Opera Mini browser and an Android version that might be able to help. Give them a try -they are free, after all.

www.opera.com


35 posted on 07/13/2014 11:22:53 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Yaelle

The first free app site is too simple, it just puts it in a browser-like box. Looks as clunky as it does on any phone. I’ll keep trying.


36 posted on 07/13/2014 11:25:46 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Yaelle; John Robinson

The app would have to be able to disregard all those keyword and stuff that crowd the top of the page on a phone/tablet/mobile. There is probably some kind of code for that? I dunno.

The sidebars would have to go. The headlines can stay but the description would have to be very very short.

Here is another “app maker” thing, this time for Android phones/tablets.

http://andromo.com/

Actually, this one doesn’t look as simplistic as the others.


37 posted on 07/13/2014 11:35:04 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Utilizer

There are site-specific browsers. Someone could make one for FR tweaked for Phones/tablets and boom there it is.


38 posted on 07/13/2014 11:36:07 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Utilizer
posted and ran off

That he did. Hasn't uttered a peep since 12:42 AM (EDT)..

get the posts pulled for saying what I really felt

But you could respectfully suggest that he is possibly a DemocraticanimalPosteriorOrafice.

It's the 'polite' way to call him an a.....e ;-)

39 posted on 07/13/2014 11:40:29 PM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: Yaelle

I don’t think we need an app.

I think all we need is a “Site-Specific Browser” (just this site) pre-set to make it easy to navigate on a phone/tablet.


40 posted on 07/13/2014 11:55:29 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: NoCmpromiz
An "Anime"? That would work, I suppose, but I originally thought about outing him as an Infernal Rectalvue Sphincterling -but I usually reserve it for the actual agents therein once they expose their bias.

It ramped up from there, and quickly.

41 posted on 07/13/2014 11:58:01 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Yaelle

Try taking your phone browser on this site, going into your settings and taking off the sidebars, keywords and putting the main page on headers only.

The little free app site I went to... the app was pretty much just a browser set to only go to Latest Articles, Latest Comments, Mail and Settings.

But it had all the same clutter with the keywords and sidebars.


42 posted on 07/14/2014 12:09:07 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Yaelle

My free app needs some work - look

I am using it to post this.


43 posted on 07/14/2014 12:48:18 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GeronL

Look : lol


44 posted on 07/14/2014 12:49:20 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Yaelle; All
I browse the site regularly on my Android phone, in fact I'm writing this reply on my phone. Seems to work fine for me, albeit the keyboard lacks an obvious way to make angle brackets, so HTML support via some Javascript “richtext” editor could be added to improve the experience. I did disable my sidebars, or rather moved them to top and bottom via the “configure” page of this site so the index pages (latest posts et al) flow more naturally within the limited screen space.

The most I've ever had to do was double tap the screen to enlarge text, my eyes were never so great to begin with and age certainly isn't helping lol.

Don't need a special phone app, I've seen some forums offer them, I've tried them, none seem to offer anything worthwhile. If somebody could make a case for an Android app I'd listen, but I can't imagine anything except local caching that couldn't be implemented server-side and a basic web browser.

45 posted on 07/14/2014 1:13:25 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: Utilizer

Funny thing is that his topic came up on DU long ago, “FR is bilking its users.” A DU admin jumped in there to note that FR’s funding requirements looks right. To me that’s a pretty strong comment supporting our numbers. Some of those antiFreeper types try to argue the whole thing could be dumped onto $19.99/mo hosting service. Seriously, these people have no idea.


46 posted on 07/14/2014 1:28:06 AM PDT by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson

I post *almost* exclusively from my Android phone. I don’t get the request for an app. I have very little trouble and the trouble I do have is because I hate on-screen keyboards and I have fat thumbs.

FR works just fine for me on Android. I’ve also posted from my Kindle, my family members’ iphones & ipads, and the TV. No problems there either.

Chrome, Safari, Dolphin, Tor. All good.


47 posted on 07/14/2014 1:54:19 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: John Robinson
Seriously, these people have no idea.

Amen.

48 posted on 07/14/2014 1:58:41 AM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (There are those that break and bend. I'm the other kind. ~Steve Earle)
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To: Jim Robinson
Thanks, but we make no telephone solicitations. No calls, no direct mail, no email spamming, no advertising, no marketing whatsoever

All true. You also won't consider a small fee so that everyone that posts here pays their own way.

You are a capitalist in every way, except the way that you run your business and then you become a compassionate conservative {moderate socialist} where a few pay so that many others can play.

I pay but resent supporting the people with the obama phone attitude {or any other free loaders}.

49 posted on 07/14/2014 4:12:40 AM PDT by USS Alaska (Exterminate the terrorist savages, everywhere.)
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To: Leaning Right
You are not the only one with tight money situations, many of us are seniors on SS. That $20 monthly I send keeps FR up and running. Even the $10 amount is helpful.

Throw all your change in a jar for a month, see what it comes to. More than you'd think. Make it a FR Piggy bank.

FR PIGGY BANK just 75 cents per day is a $22 donation. Would you miss that tiny amount? less than a cup of coffee.

50 posted on 07/14/2014 6:25:44 AM PDT by GailA (IF you fail to keep your promises to the Military, you won't keep them to Citizens!)
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