Let’s help Matt Dillahunty.

For those who haven’t heard Matt Dillahunty’s house got robbed yesterday.  The burglars got away with his wife’s wedding ring, both their laptops, their Wii, Matt’s tablet, and some other stuff.  Here’s what Matt had to say on facebook.

So, I’m going to be brief as there’s a lot of stuff to do.

First – thank you. Many of you have asked if there’s any way you can help. It’s greatly appreciated, but there are people who are much worse off than we are – even after accounting for the theft.

Second – I’m resetting passwords, closing accounts and doing inventory of the stolen items. I’ll be skipping the show this week and there are several other things that I won’t have time for over the coming week or two.

They stole both of our laptops (Beth desperately needed a new one anyway), along with my new tablet (which stings, because it’s new and because I was going to take it to work today, but forgot) and her netbook. They also got her wedding jewelry (which can’t be easily replaced) and her pistol. In total, it’s several thousand dollars worth of stuff…but nothing that was crazy expensive.

Those are all things. Yes, our privacy has been violated. Yes, we lost a lot of valuable stuff. But there are plenty of people who didn’t have that stuff to begin with….or anything like it.

I’ve lost most of my recent debate notes and lecture notes (they were on the laptop and tablet) – but I could still debate or give a talk, tomorrow.

I may miss my shiny new ASUS TF700T, but we’re still healthy and safe and I’m not going to let this douchebag thief do any more damage than he’s already done, by moping about lost ‘stuff’.

It’s going to take a while to replace the things, and it’ll take a little longer to repair our confidence in the safety of our own home…but we’ll get there.

Matt is seriously a great guy.  So…I’m not in a place right now where I can donate.  :(  Maybe at the first of next month.  If you feel like chipping in, you can send Matt a donation via paypal at the address sans.deity[at!]gmail.com.

Here’s what I can do: all the money I make off this post, I will donate to Matt next month.  I make $100 per 25,000 hits, so unless this post goes viral (or gets some help from reddit), it probably won’t be much.  But it’s money that none of us has to cough up individually, and I’ve made damn near $1,000 from a viral post before, so it’s possible.  It’s what I can do.

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About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.