Dustin Horne

Unity / .NET / MVC / Web Development

Announcement

All proceeds from JSON .NET for Unity between December 1st and December 20th will be going to charity!  The awesome folks at the Unity Asset Store were very helpful in getting my product changes made so I could make this happen.

All proceeds will be going to the Siena / Francis House here in Omaha, NE.  They will help to provide Christmas toys for homeless and needy children.  They will also help to provide essentials such as hats, boots and gloves for these children and their families.  The response from the Unity community so far has been overwhelming with sales making a significant jump since announcing the charity drive yesterday.  At the time of writing of this article we have already raised $1,519, nearly $1,000 of which is within the last 24-hours alone.  I am thrilled that together we are able to make a difference this holiday season.  I am also matching an additional $200 out of pocket bringing the total donation so far to $1,719!

If you've been looking for JSON .NET for Unity, now is the time to snag it.  If you'd like to help directly, you can visit the Siena/Francis donation page, or consider making a donation to your own local homeless shelter, even if it's old clothes, boots, hats, gloves, blankets, pillows, anything you can think of that they might need.  Or give them a call and they'll provide you with a list of their most critical needs.

You can find all of the relevant links below:

Siena/Francis House
http://www.sienafrancis.org/

JSON .NET for Unity on the Asset Store
https://www.assetstore.unity3d.com/#/content/11347

Release Thread
http://forum.unity3d.com/threads/200336-RELEASED-JSON-NET-For-Unity-3-5-with-AOT-Support

Charity Announcement Thread
http://forum.unity3d.com/threads/216813-JSON-NET-Proceeds-in-December-going-to-charity

 

 

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