Why did I need to make an account to donate or purchase items? | Unfortunately, we're a small fish in a big ocean of phishing scams - where hackers/bots take stolen credit card information and attempt to purchase items on small websites to verify if that stolen information is valid. If they are able to successfully "donate", they then take that stolen information elsewhere to make large purchases. User and card information has never been stolen from our site, but these hackers/bots have utilized our donation portal & store to test the stolen information they gathered from elsewhere. Despite all of the security measures our charity foundation can enlist, this is the ultimate safeguard.
We now require an account to be able to purchase so that our charity foundation is no longer used as a conduit for such terrible activity. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate the extra step you were willing to take to donate to our cause. Thank you, and please contact us if you have any questions!