[FoRK] A Little Bright Spot in the Dark

Jeff Bone jbone at place.org
Wed Jan 20 06:03:10 PST 2010

Or, how the Woot Bag of Crap saves a life...



A Little Bright Spot In The Dark
MISCELLANEAby Scott Lydon on January 19, 2010 at 5:15 PM

   From: Bryan Meyers
   Subject: Woot saved my life
   Sent: Monday, January 18, 2010 5:23 PM

My name is Bryan Meyers. I have just been evacuated from the Haiti  
earthquake. One of the things I had with me when the quake started was  
my cell phone; stuck to its back was the Lumpod LED flashlight that I  
had received some time ago in a Woot Bag of Crap. I had to walk  
through the dark streets of Port-au-Prince six miles to get to a  
secure place. I walked over rubble, bodies (dead and injured), downed  
wires, back alleys. The flashlight lit my way very reliably. As I said  
in my journal, THANK YOU, BAG OF CRAP!

If you’re interested, you can read my journal and view some pictures  
at www.bmeyers.net/haiti or athaiti.bmeyers.net.


   From: Matt J. Rutledge
   Subject: Woot saved my life
   Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 9:01 AM

Bryan, Thank you so much for sending this. I have shared this with all  
of our employees and I expect they will all be as deeply moved as I am  
by it. We don’t deserve credit for anything of course, but I  
appreciate your feelings and the mention. I have no way to relate your  
experience directly but I’m sure it must be life changing. Against the  
grim picture of what’s taking place there, it is very inspiring.

We have been brainstorming on further ways for Woot and the Woot  
community to help with a donation program. I believe your story – even  
magically involving the BOC - really brings things home to the IT/ 
Internet community and I’m pretty sure we would like to incorporate it  
as a Woot blog mention and newsletter item announcing a donation  

Best wishes to you and your family from everyone at Woot.

Matt Rutledge
Founder, CEO Woot Inc.

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