Great news–the Zone's 2009 Birthday Project has raised $3,000 already!

One of the Zone’s favorite traditions is our annual birthday gift for Johnny Depp, called “The Birthday Project.” Each year we choose a charity which is connected to Johnny’s philanthropic interests–usually his interest in helping children in need–and his most recent work. We pool our modest contributions and make a Zone donation in honor of Johnny, as a way of celebrating and thanking Johnny for all the joy he has given us over the year. Since Johnny is currently working on The Rum Diary in Puerto Rico, we selected the San Jorge Children’s Foundation in San Juan for this year’s Birthday Project, and our members have already donated more than $3,000!

The San Jorge Children’s Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1995; it assists families by covering surgical expenses and the costs of hospital care and medicine for seriously ill children. Their goal is to provide access to the most advanced medical treatment to families who otherwise could not afford it. You can read more about the San Jorge Children’s Foundation on our 2009 Birthday Project forum.

The Zone would like to thank everyone who has already donated to the 2009 Birthday Project. Your generosity is truly heartwarming, especially in a year like this, when we are all facing tight budgets. If you haven’t yet made a donation, there’s still plenty of time—we will be accepting donations through Johnny’s birthday on June 9th.

Giving to the Birthday Project is easy: the Zone has a dedicated Paypal account for contributions to the 2009 Birthday Project. If you would like to join in our gift, you can make a donation by visiting our Birthday Project Forum HERE and scrolling down to the Paypal button. If you would like to donate by check, the Foundation’s address is directly below the Paypal button in the announcement post.

Let’s reach out to help children and say “Happy Birthday” and “Thank You” to Johnny Depp! –Part-Time Poet