Generous donations have been received from a few friends to help upkeep this site. I am also seeking patches to add to the collection. If you have a patch or a few that you're looking to get rid of, I will accept them and process them accordingly. The patches can be in any condition- new, used, stained, torn; whatever it may be. In some cases, patches can be restored and cleaned up. Any donated patches that I already have will be traded/sold/donated to new collectors in an effort to expand the hobby to the new generation.
While I am grateful for all of the donations, I feel that it is necessary to disclose where donated funds are going. Below is a breakdown of all fees that have been incurred in order to get this website up and running for 2018:
Wix.com Hosting - $102.00/year
Domain Name Purchase - $25.60/yr for a 3 year term, renews in 2020 at $38.85/year
Search Bar Add-on Application - $59.88/year
Marketing Supplies (500 Business Cards) - $31.21
Miscellaneous: (Casillas Memorial Fund) - $50.00
Total expenditures to date: $268.69
Donations received to date: $371.00 from 6 sources. ($346.68 with PayPal fees deducted.)
Willspatches.net has also received tangible donations in the form of patches from the San Bernardino Sheriff's Historical Society. Two Sheriff's Air Medic back patches and 2 aviation chest wing patches have been added to the collection. My sincere appreciation goes out to the Sheriff's Historical Society for the additions. They can be seen in the San Bernardino County gallery.
If anyone has questions, feel free to ask. Any excess funds at the end of the calendar year (12/31/18) will be donated to the California Law Enforcement Historical Society.