Over the last couple of years I have been repeatedly amazed at this tight knit, very supportive and very alive handmade community I’ve found myself in. The outpouring of help and support for this situation in Haiti is perhaps one of the most poignant examples I have witnessed yet. It may be small, compared to the magnitude of what these people are up against, but it is somehow renewing to see people helping people so wholeheartedly. Blogs are buzzing with ways to help, etsy shops are donating portions of sales, and shops have even opened with their sole purpose of existence to raise money for the people in Haiti. THIS shop really blows me away. Over 1,000 sales in a week and with over 700 items available right now, all by donation from crafters, and with 100% of the proceeds going to Haiti relief.
I have been trying to keep up with what’s happening and what has evolved, without getting too immersed in the news. The situation that some of these people are dealing with right now is devastating beyond many of our wildest imaginations. I have also read some pretty amazing stories of survival… the kind that make you question life and death and everything in between, and what the heck it’s even all about. Here are some Survivor’s Stories I found on the BBC yesterday, for any of you who might be interested.
I have been donating 15% of my shop sales to the American Red Cross Haiti Relief Fund for the last week, and will continue to do so. If you feel moved to help in some small or large way, there are so many ways to do so, from donating a handmade item to the shop mentioned above, to purchasing an item from one of the many shops donating a portion of proceeds, to donating directly to Red Cross.
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