HERMES Spring RAOK (stands for Random Acts of Kindness) FYI----The Hermes Board is actually the Originator of the RAOK program!! Accepting People from: 01/04/08 01/20/2008 Notification of who your buddy is: 1/21/08 Official Start of Fall/Winter RAOK: 02/1/2008 Presents should be mailed 1x per month and must arrive DURING that month(Feb, March, and April). Rules of RAOK 1. You must have 500 posts and be a contributing member of the HERMES board. We do this for safety reasons. There will be exceptions made if you dont meet the qualifications, please feel free to PM me or JAG! Japster (Elana) will keep all contact information on file, so please contact me when names are drawn to get your persons contact info. Your are also welcome to send out treats to people other than your official RAOK buddy, just please ask me or JAG for addresses and we will get the persons permission. Please make sure you sign any unofficial gifts/card as Your unofficial RAOK friend so no one gets confused. 2. If you participated in RAOK before and did NOT mail out a gift to your buddy on time or AT ALL, you will NOT be allowed to participate. 3. You are required to post photos of every gift received within 4 days of receiving it. If you cant get pics up ASAP, at least post a note on the thread, I recvd your package and will post pics/details later. The gifts/packages DO NOT have to be expensive (they can be a poem/postcard with a inspirational saying/small Hermes item/candy book), but YOU MUST mail 1 item per month. I realize I sound like a nag but I'm the one that gets the PM's from people feeling sad or hurt if they hear nothing from their RAOK person. That's not fair to them. 4. Please limit all items to $50 or less. You may break this rule 1x during one of the months. We want everyone to feel happy about RAOK and not have anyone feeling like they have to spend $900 on a diamond speckled Pink Fur Merkin for HL The Woodster finn (though she sure would appreciate it!). Please make sure you update your wishlists on elfster and delete things youve recvd. 6. You are welcome to ask for a non-overseas buddy but please let me know when you sign up. Im going to try my best to match people in nearby countries so that there are fewer incidences of packages getting lost. 7. Remember this is an RAOK- Random Act of Kindness and is clearly about doing wonderful, thoughtful things for your person. Please be willing to actively participate- this means making sure your gifts get there on time and that you post the items you receive. If you are going to whine and kvetch, I will replace your RAOK person with my 78 year old MIL and I assure you that you will have a closet full of knick-knacks from garage sales and OJ jugs filled with broken goldfish crackers. 8. We will be removing anyone that does not follow the rules/participate. And we will have a back up system in place for missing gifts/unresponsive buddy, etc. Let me know if you'd like to be a part of the RAOK back up system. 9. Did you notice there was no Rule #5? How to sign up for this RAOK: Do not PM- Please email me at: (no spaces) Elana @ FutureFashionista.com to sign up Subject should say: Hermes RAOK- Your TPF Screename Include inside the email your: *TPF Screename *Name *Address *Phone number (Fed-Ex & USPS need this for International Delivery) *Email address *Are you willing to take on a person in another country? You will receive an official invitation from Elfster.com via email within a day or two if youve been accepted. You can ask any questions here in the thread or PM me and/or JAG for more info!!