As of today - I am still waiting on a response from paypal. I have received the "subordination" letter from the Red Cross and have supplied that letter to paypal. They are in the process of reviewing everything, and I will start to announce winners when I get the final go ahead that the funds will be released to the Red Cross. I do not want to announce any winners until I am 100% sure that the money will be released. Paypal has given me two options... I can wait for the account to continue through with the review or I can refund the money to each and every single donor. I have chosen to go through with the review. If for whatever reason I need to end up refunding the money to everyone, I don't want to tell some people that they have won a prize, only to have to retract the prize..... so for now, more waiting.
I apologize for this huge inconvenience. This has been a huge learning experience for me, and I feel that God has definetly used this experience to teach me many lessons on patience. Anyone reading this, just please know that paypal does consider any type of raffle a violation of their user agreement, and if you get caught, they will freeze your account and you will have to jump through many many many hoops to return it to regular standing.
I will continue to update you as I get updates, and again I apologize. This is certainly not the way that I wanted to end this wonderful fundraiser, and I am trusting God that he will reach through the red tape at paypal and find someone who is willing to respond quickly and compassionately.