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It is that time of year, where we have to renew the hosting for our website (1,000 gigs of online storage with unlimited bandwidth…which lets you and every other visitor download EVERYTHING we have). We also have multiple domains to renew, program licenses (due semi-annually for forums, downloads and chat features), as well as normal hardware and software updates and repair. We have software that needs upgrading Adobe Dreamweaver and Photoshop (CS5 package,) Artisteer, dozens of web based subscriptions we gather content from legally, and so much more. Believe it or not, it does take real meat world money to run this place. Please consider helping with any spare change you may have. Every Penny Helps.
Think for a moment. We have been online since 1997. We’ve placed thousands of files on this site for FREE download. We answer EVERY email that comes to us with specific questions. We (my wife Annie and I) even returned to college at a cost of over $40,000 to get skills and degrees JUST to help make this website better. More than any OTHER website on the internet with a focus on Survival and Self Reliance, we provide GIGABYTES of DOWNLOADS for EVERYONE. Of course, everything we have online is also available on CD and DVD, but for literally JUST the cost of duplication, media, postage to you, and time to make them.
What other survival/preparedness website can YOU name that’s invested this many years, these many downloads, college degrees, and actual CONTENT in this genre? We ARE the leading, bleeding edge of self reliance data on the entire internet. We’ve got BOOKSHELVES of new original government produced survival, civil defense, and self reliance data still to scan in…nearly all of it NEVER online and NEVER digitized…but ready to get started.
Profit? Not for years… That is why we need your support. If you have EVER downloaded files from SurvivalRing, think about all the things that have gone on in the background to continue GROWING the website, the content, the functions, and availability…for nearly 14 years. We’re spent thousands of dollars in the last decade actually BUYING the original copies of 7 decades worth of US and other nation’s civil defense documents, going all the way back to 1941 in age.
Let me repeat that….ORIGINAL COPIES. Hardcopy. Printed. Tangible. Real. Can you name any other website that has done THAT? I’ve now purchased two separate scanners, both with sheet feet hardware, and can scan up to 11 x 17 inch documents. Yep…the US government actually printed BIG format survival and civil defense manuals. We can digitize THEM, too.
Who else has done this? No one. Many sites regurgitate files they’ve downloaded from our site, so that THEY have content, but nearly every single one never mentions the source of the digital files. CDs and DVDs are sold on eBay by others that include files WE first put online a decade ago…just for you. This we expected, but still, we continue to add more and more free downloads every month…every year.
We care. We focus. We really do have a dream…a dream that gives every American man, woman, child and newly made Americans the documents that can help save lives for ANY threat. But, we repeat ourselves. We don’t ask for funds lightly. We do ask that you consider a fair donation that really does help make a dent in the $2,000 or more a year spent on SurvivalRing’s online existence.
Please support our project…our cause…our passion for helping others…with a donation from YOUR heart. Trust us, when we say, we’re investing OUR LIVES to this web project. We mean it…from our hearts, to yours.
Just yesterday (Wednesday, March 23) , I spent 8 hours (AFTER work) straight burning, labeling, and packing 200 DVDs for my good friend Shane Connor,of Ki4u.com. I shipped them today (Thursday, March 24), via UPS overnight air, at a cost of $116. He received them in 15 hours.
Why? Because he GIVES THEM AWAY with every order he receives, and was running low because of the events of the Japanese earthquake and resulting tsunami, with nuclear power plants leaking radiation (visit www.survivalring.org/shane online…you’ll see, and get everything, on that DVD).
I’d gladly repeat that effort over and over again for any and every other company who felt a need for it. I’ve invested lots of money in blank media, ink, labels and a small 4 disk high speed duplicator, just to have the capacity to feed THAT kind of need. I need a bigger duplicator though, one that does ten disks at once. I could burn 1000 disks a day for anyone that needed that many. What other website provide THAT kind of support to partners in need, much less customers?
Just remember one thing. I do work a full time job, and have for most of my life. Thankfully, it’s for the state of Wyoming, and includes benefits that few rarely get anymore. I would love, more than anything, to make SurvivalRing MY ONLY job, but monthly income at this point is nowhere close to making this happen. Additions and new features are added in the wee hours of my life, when I could be sleeping, resting, and relaxing. I’d rather keep building this very site to the most useful, most functional, and most widely used website of its kind. It’s up to you. Help share the passion, the love, and the drive to get involved in this community we call SurvivalRing.
Our 2011 Fundraiser project goal is $2,000. This gets hosting for two years, renews all domains for the next year, upgrades equipment (new hard drives for more offline storage, high quality condenser microphone for video and audio recordings, and new website software tools.
Bruce Willis said it best, in Die Hard 4 …“Be That Guy”. Be the person who steps forward, takes action, and KNOWS he has to do it…because he believes in the project, need, or decision at hand. I’ve always tried to”Be That Guy”. Join me. Step up. Make the difference. Stop the bad guys or Mother Nature…with whatever it takes. Stay alive, when they want otherwise.
Rich & Annie
P.S. EVERY donation gets a FREE Digital Download Membership, where you can download 4 full CD images (soon to be 6) that make up the SuvivalRing MassPak set, as well as ALL the files that make up the Appropriate Technology Library. That’s 20 gigs of files, folks. FREE to download. Please donate….for the best reason of all..because you care.