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- This article is also known as #halospree but appears here as Halo spree due to technical restrictions.
A halo spree (also known under #halospree) is the act of donating to the NaNoWriMo non-profit and giving the donor halo to another Wrimo. While donating on behalf of another Wrimo has been possible almost as long as donating to NaNoWriMo has, the halo spree term and hashtag originated during the NaNoWriMo Writing Marathon Donation Day of 2013 via Twitter. The term can be used as a noun or as a verb (for instance, to halo spree a Wrimo).
The #halospree hashtag originated via Twitter, with @Sushimustwrite and @madicienne discussing the upcoming Donation Day. Sushimustwrite mentioned checking her bank account to see if a halo spree was financially doable. @Madicienne replied, expressing their love of the halo spree term and used the #halospree hashtag for the first time in a NaNoWriMo context.
Since then, the #halospree hashtag has been used in NaNoWriMo Donation Days, including by the staff on official channels. Wrimos discuss offering a halo to other participants, while Wrimos who are unable to donate may request a halo with the hashtag. Not everyone is guaranteed a halo, but it's a good start. In 2015, a forum thread was created in the All-Ages Coffee House to connect donors to recipients.
Donating extra halos during Donation Days also gives the donating Wrimo more chances to win the various hourly prizes, another motivation for making multiple donations and supporting NaNoWriMo.
The #halospree hashtag has some non-NaNoWriMo uses, such as referring to the Halo video game. However, the primary use of the hashtag is now NaNoWriMo-related.
As of 2016, the Nanowrimo store now provides a specific option to donate a halo in someone else's name. The #halospree name is reflected in this donation; the identifier for gifting a halo as it appears in orders is NANO-HALO-SPREE.