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April 29, 2019, 9:00 am
Posted by: Jordan

The Desert Bus for Hope 2019 Craft-Along Submission Form is Live!

Do you paint? Sew? Use found objects to create adorable sculptures of creatures and characters from your favourite games? Any number of other things that one can consider crafty? Good, because it’s that time of year again!

Beginning today, April 29th, submissions for the Desert Bus 2019 Craft-Along will officially be open.  You will have until May 27th to get your submissions in, so that we can get back to you with enough time to complete your crafts.  We endeavour to provide everyone with a response to your submission by June 3rd. The deadline for receipt of finished crafts will be September 30th. This means they must be IN OUR HANDS in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on September 30th.

If you are new to the Craft-Along, and have a great idea for a craft for DB, the process is simple: just click here to get to the Craft-Along submissions page and fill in the form!  We will need contact information, a description of the craft, and a few other pieces of info.  This year we will only be taking one submission per crafter.

The Desert Bus For Hope Craft-Along community is full of incredibly kind and gifted people who give so much of themselves, and for that we are eternally grateful.  Its people like you who make Desert Bus what it is, a positive gathering of people from across the world to help kids be kids.

The whole Desert Bus team thanks you! Now get crafting!

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April 25, 2019, 6:15 pm
Posted by: Jordan

Hey Crafters, it’s almost that time of year again. Make sure to watch out for a blog post and a change in the Craft-Along submission page next week. 

November 16, 2018, 2:34 am
Posted by: Tim

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Photo by Kolin Toney.

 

THANK YOU!

Thanks to the generosity of the entire Desert Bus for Hope community, we’ve raised $730,099.90, and bussed 160 hours for Child’s Play Charity!

To everyone that’s part of our community – our crafters, guests, sponsors, volunteers, and most importantly, viewers like YOU – thank you from the bottom of our hearts for joining us on this ride. We can’t say enough that this all wouldn’t be possible without your support.

For ongoing news during the year, check the blog here at desertbus.org, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also relive the greatest moments from this year’s run at YouTube and photos.desertbus.org. And, if you’re so inclined, you can donate to Child’s Play Charity year-round at their website. Until next time…

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November 15, 2018, 9:45 pm
Posted by: Tim

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You. All. Are. Awesome! Thanks to your generosity, we’ve reached $700,000 raised this year for Child’s Play Charity! WOOOOOOW!

(And, not that anyone’s tracking, but that also makes Desert Bus for Hope 2018 a record year, breaking our previous yearly record of $695,242 at Desert Bus 10.)

We’re still bussing along, so for now we’ll say THANK YOU and get back to driving!

November 15, 2018, 8:04 pm
Posted by: Tim

dbbWe have made it to our very last Donation Drive of Desert Bus for Hope 2018. And we’ve saved a really awesome item for last… one of the very very few Desert Bus 2017 Hardcover Photo Books! We auctioned one away early on during the run, so if you missed it, now’s your last chance to pick up one of these unique hardcover copies. (MySpace the cat not included.)

It may be Desert Bus 2018 now, but we still like to look back and reflect on past Desert Busses from time to time, mixing them together in a haze of fatigue-riddled memory. Here, though, is a way to visually remind yourself of what things happened at Desert Bus 2017. You’ll have a handy memory-jogger and a very limited edition piece of DB2017 history with this amazing professionally printed, hardcover photo book! You can re-visit the all the experiences, surprises, and of course dancing again and again in full color glory from the comfort of your couch. There will only be FOUR hardcovers of this ever book printed! 1 of 2 and 2 of 2 will be available at Desert Bus, signed by as many DB people as possible, the 3rd is Andrew Ferguson and the 4th is Kolin Toney’s personal treasures. Win this auction and make this rare copy YOUR personal treasure!

Donate $8.42 (or multiples thereof) for a chance to win the LAST donation drive giveaway of Desert Bus for Hope 2018! We’ll run this donation drive until 8:50pm PST.

(And, if you want to pick up a just-as-cool softcover copy of the 2017 DBFH Photo Book, check out store.desertbus.org. They’ll only be available until the end of the run.)

November 15, 2018, 8:01 pm
Posted by: Tim

Earlier in Kate and Paul’s shift, we challenged the community to create an artistic interpretation of their favorite Desert Bus for Hope 2018 memory. Congratulations to Liliturra for submitting the winning entry!

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Thanks to everyone that submitted their creations to this challenge! There’s so many entries that we couldn’t include them all, but here are a few additional selects from your submissions:

November 15, 2018, 7:04 pm
Posted by: Tim
The almost final version of this year's poster, as of publication.

The almost final version of this year’s poster, as of publication.

As is tradition, we’re getting ready for the LAST Live Auction of Desert Bus for Hope 2018… the ONLY Large Size copy of this year’s poster!

Mike Lunsford remains undefeated by the Desert Bus madness! They are back again, along with their magical drawing skills and ability to stay awake for longer than is probably safe! They’ll be drawing the Desert Bus 2018 poster, As Is Tradition, commemorating the people and events of this year’s run. Small prints will be available for purchase after the run, but this auction is for the one and only large-sized copy that will be printed. Comes with a certificate of authenticity.

This LAST Live Auction is currently scheduled for 9:00pm PST tonight, so be sure to tune in then! And, if you want to bid… make sure you’re ready. You’ll need a Twitch account, a Donor Account, and you’ll need to link the two together. Then, make sure you’re in our Twitch channel chat to bid LIVE.

(And, if you want a just-as-awesome standard size poster for your wall, you can pick one up at store.desertbus.org up until the end of this year’s run. A portion of every sale goes to Child’s Play Charity.)

November 15, 2018, 6:04 pm
Posted by: Nina

Holy Bus, where did the time go?!

Join us in remembering some highlights from the final Alpha Flight of Desert Bus 2018!

We watched a rocket!

A test fire alarm almost frightened us out of the building.

Psychic detective Tabby and her trusty partner Pika were on the mysterious case of the dead body!

Yakety Sax crashed the bus!

We were serenaded by James.

Andrew was too sexy for his outfit.

Snorsh Lady and Hype-Man read us The Weagle-wocky.

Zeta AND The Dawn Guard came early!

   

We hit $625,000!

Thank you to everyone who has taken this journey with us, you make Desert Bus awesome! See you next year!

November 15, 2018, 5:36 pm
Posted by: Nina

For our final Alpha Flight donation drive of Desert Bus 2018, we have a stunning Wyrmwood Gaming Dice Vault! Made from purpleheart wood, known for its distinctive variety of natural purple hues, your dice will be kept stylish and safe.

Interested in this beautifully crafted lot? Please donate $5.75, or multiples thereof ($5.75, $11.50, etc.) until 6:36PM PST!

November 15, 2018, 5:05 pm
Posted by: Nina

There is less than an hour to go on the final silent auctions of Desert Bus 2018! See what’s on offer below!

Provide a keg of beer for the Desert Bus after-party! The high bidder for this lot will receive an official “Beer Provider” certificate, our eternal gratitude, and the satisfaction of knowing they helped get the Desert Bus crew tipsy (on something other than sleep deprivation) after a week of utter insanity. Currently sitting at $2696.90!

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Do you harbour a deep desire for a chocobo of your very own, but have found they’re just too big? Drake Chocobo Ranch has the solution for you, in the form of Sable the House Chocobo, with a high bid of $1666.66!

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Soft as Elven skin, and warm as the fires of Mount Doom, your little one will be as content as Hobbits at a feast bundled up in The Hobbit Baby Blanket, going for $600!

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These auctions close at 6PM PST!