As you may have heard, Australia is on fire.  Almost a billion (yes, billion with a “B”) animals have died, homes have been destroyed, and the rescue efforts are straining to keep up.  Among the humans in Australia who are living with the smoke and fear is Jarrod Fairclough from The Muppet Mindset.

I truly believe that Muppet fans (who, incidentally, are the best sort of fans) are embodied with more empathy and generosity than most.  That’s why we’re coming to you with a humble request.

Jarrod is spearheading a donation effort to help get some much-needed funds to charities that are helping with the situation in his home country.  We here at ToughPigs are proud to be tagging along for the ride.  The deal is simple: Donate to help Australia, and enter yourself to win free Muppet stuff.  Not bad!

Here’s Jarrod to explain how this whole thing works:

Here’s how to participate:

  1. Visit one of the charities linked to below
  2. Donate any amount.  Give five dollars, give five hundred, just give whatever you’re able.  Every dollar counts and is much appreciated!
  3. Send a screenshot or some other proof of donation to Jarrod at
  4. Be sure to include your name, address, and your top 3 choices for which prizes you’d like to receive

Our picks for Australia relief charities:

Here are the prizes you could win!

  • Rare 8.5″ Elmo figure from Mighty Jaxx, donated by Sesame Workshop and signed by Elmo and Ryan Dillon.  (Note: These figures are exclusive to Asia, so they are extremely hard to come by!)
  • The Making of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance” hardcover book, signed by Lisa Henson, graciously donated by The Jim Henson Company.
  • Baby Kermit plush, signed by Muppet Babies Executive Producer and voice actor Matt Danner!
  • A Google Hangout with Muppet Mindset’s Jarrod Fairclough and ToughPigs’ Joe Hennes, in which we’ll geek out about Muppets with you and possibly reveal some trade secrets!
  • A grab bag of Muppet merch from ToughPigs’ personal collection valued at over $50!
  • A personalized video from Muppet performer Noel MacNeal and Bear in the Big Blue House star Bear!

The winners of each of the above items will be announced next Monday, January 27th, so be sure to get your entries in before that.

Please note that we’re only accepting one entry per person, no matter how many times you donate or how much you choose to give.  Remember, this is about helping Australia, so please keep this in mind as you’re considering how much you’re able to donate.

If you’re unable to donate, please consider sharing this contest with your friends and family.  Thanks to everyone who participates, thanks to Jarrod for organizing this event, and let’s show Australia how great Muppet fans can be!

Click here to help those baby koalas on the ToughPigs forum!

by Joe Hennes –

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