Maybe this is the wrong forum thread for what I'm about to ask, but if want as much input as I can get on this. So here's the deal. Some if you may know that I have a substantial and somewhat ever evolving collection of basses and guitars. Not to start a Political or Religious discussion, but I personally am compelled to give away quite a few instruments (and other things) each year to those in need. It would significantly simplify said process to do that here in TB. I noticed that another member has done something quite similar in the classified, and I totally applaud and support his actions. To begin, I've spoken to a Mod and got some ideas on how to do it and comply with our forum rules. Those will be followed no matter what. However, my struggle is as follows: 1. I want to make sure anything given away gets to "the right" person as much as possible(someone REALLY in need, not just grabbing a free bass just for giggles and grins. How do we do that? Have a thread and vote? People contact me, or contact say an pre-established group of members via PM? Other ideas? 2. I want the gifted instruments to be given out on a totally random basis. So, some of what I'll give away is used but completely serviceable while several other basses will be new. They are all relatively cheap, and acquired through trades or deals on bulk purchases I've made from distributor overstocks, .etc. Maybe I/we/? Can have a drawing once issue #1 is satisfied? 3. It would really help if, someone is making a need known about another person, the requester (or someone else?) could assist on shipping cost. I'm fully prepared to pay the shipping cost(s) myself, but as you can see, that gets expensive on top of the initial cost of the instruments, etc. Also, due to shipping costs, it may mean we have to limit the scope of this to CONUS shipping(?). 4. It's important to me that these gifts come from our community and not "me". So, any instruments might have a card or something that says "...from your friends at TalkBass.com". So I need some ideas on how to execute this. Mainly, issues 1,2, and 3. Please give it some thought so that this can be executed in a smooth manner, and in a way that reflects our forum in a most positive light. So, what say you?