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March 31, 2011

CR Fundraiser Day 5: The Jester & Pharley Phund

imageThe Comics Reporter is proud to host a week-long fundraising drive for one of our favorite charitable organizations, The Jester & Pharley Phund.

The Phund is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children with cancer and other illnesses and to improving literacy rates among school-age children. They do so by both selling and donating copies of the illustrated children's book The Jester Has Lost His Jingle and related merchandise. They sell the book and merchandise to raise money. They donate the book and merchandise to reach sick children. For inspiring stories about how this organization helps sick children deal with the difficulties of their illnesses, please read the testimonies on their site.

The Jester Has Lost His Jingle was written and illustrated by Yale student David Saltzman as his senior project. He died a year and a half later from Hodgkin's disease. David was 22 years old. Since that time, The Phund has donated more than 150,000 copies of David's book and Jester dolls to hospitals, shelters, and low-income schools. They have also enlisted schools in Jester Read-a-Thons to help sick children, to the tune of 26 million pages read.

imagePlease consider joining CR in helping The Phund.

You can order a Jester book, doll, or other item here. For every item ordered, The Phund will donate a like item to a sick child.

You can donate money directly to The Phund through the Paypal link on the site's home page, to provide funding for their continued good works.

The Comics Reporter will match the first $500 raised from CR readers.

We know that times are tough, that there parts of the world in significant need and that there are any number of comics-related causes to which this site directs your attention. The very specific opportunity of helping kids in the hospital, hopefully increasing the literacy of other children along the way, was too much for us to resist. We hope that you'll consider lending a hand, and thank you for any and all time spent in consideration of this request.

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