Christmas is all about family and taking care of each other...
...And for the Mutant Fam, Shudder's recent Joe Bob Saves Christmas special showed that we truly are a family, and one that cares deeply about each other and others in the world who need help. While we laughed, cheered and screamed over showings of Christmas Evil and Deadly Games, Shudder and hosts Joe Bob Briggs and Darcy the Mail Girl ran a charity auction that Shudder has announced raised more than 44k!
Said Joe Bob Briggs, "I was amazed by the generosity of our 'Last Drive-In' family, especially since many of the auction items had minimal to zero actual value and had meaning only to fans of the show. The opening bids were so high that many of our viewers were not rich enough to participate but went ahead and made separate individual donations to the four charities, so our final impact is far greater than we could ever have hoped for, especially in this tough year of 2020. It was truly a Christmas miracle."
Twenty items in all were put up for auction during the five-hour special. The items ranged from one-of-a-kind signed props, like a replica Demons mask which went for $7,900, to more esoteric memorabilia, like Shadows, the 1986 vinyl LP recorded by Atanas Ilitch, the actor who played the driller killer in cult classic Slumber Party Massacre II, which sold for $1,025.
The final tally will also include a personal donation of $1,000 from Briggs, an additional $2,000 raised from photos sold by The Last Drive-In’s “Darcy the Mail Girl,” and an uncounted number of direct contributions made by viewers.
All proceeds after eBay fees and shipping costs will be donated to the following charities:
The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
The National Women's Law Center, fighting for gender justice — in the courts, in public policy, and in society — working across the issues central to the lives of women and girls to change culture and drive solutions to gender inequity.
The Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue, whose mission is to provide a safe and loving environment to all donkeys that have been abused, neglected or abandoned, as well as protecting wild burros under threat of destruction.
Organization For Autism Research, dedicated to improving the lives of everyone affected by autism by supporting research that produces meaningful and practical results.
More information on all items and auctions can be found at https://joebobsaveschristmas.com/.
We at KHC just want to say thank you so much to Shudder, Briggs, Darcy and the rest of the Mutant Fam for this wonderful showing of care and giving. You all should be proud of yourselves. You've brightened the holidays of many with your contributions.
By Matt Konopka