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Tweet Instantly Sends Charity $11,000 - In Dogecoin

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The community around dogecoin, an increasingly popular joke offshoot of bitcoin, has once again shown its generosity by raising over $30,000 for a clean-water charity — with over $11,000 (14 million dogecoins) coming from a single donation.

Using the automated Twitter-based dogecoin donation bot, @savethemhood dropped the 14 million doge at once into the Doge4Water fundraiser, putting it well past its goal. The effort aimed to raise $30,000 by World Water Day on March 22nd in order to give it to charity:water, supporting the drilling of two wells in Kenya.

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The dogecoin community is already known for its charitable instincts, having raised enough in February to help send the Jamaican bobsled team to Sochi, as well as a number of other miscellaneous collective acts of kindness.

But dogecoin is popular partly because it's so worthless: started as a gag alternative to bitcoin and taking 2013's lead meme, an amazed-looking shiba inu, as its mascot, dogecoin was never really meant to be serious. Yet the number of people adopting it, and the difficulty of "mining" a large quantity of it, mean that buying doge has become an option — and a rough dogecoin-to-dollar exchange rate has been established.

Yet even at $0.0007955 each (by today's rates), enough dogecoins can make a difference, as evidenced by @savethemhood and thousands of other generous "shibes," as those in the community call each other.

You can keep track of other charitable efforts and donate a few doge yourself at the Dogecoin Foundation.

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