Friends, in times of great tragedy comes great need. We watch the devastation feeling helpless. Maybe even hopeless. That is why I want to share with you several efforts here at home where artists and shop owners are taking great steps to be proactive within their grief. When I saw EZ's relief fundraiser (donating all of her shop sales to the Red Cross), it sparked a light of hope within me. Then I began seeing more tweets of other shops taking action with donation. Redefine Home is pledging 25% of all sales to Architecture for Humanity. And many Etsians are offering special limited edition art prints where all proceeds will go to help our neighbor in need; like : this Remember Print by Design Twenty Six. In fact if you search "Japan or Japan Relief" on Etsy you are sure to find numerous shops that are contributing to the need.
So, Gathering Spriggs and Gathering Vintage too are participating in the cause by donating 30% off all sales in both shops to World Vision (Building a Better World for Children). With new items being added daily in each of my Etsy shops, you are sure to find a gift for a friend, a special something for yourself as a reminder of your donation, or even a present to give for Easter or Mother's Day.
Are you aware of other relief efforts in the art/design community? Please tweet them to me so I can add them to the list. How do you offer hope and help for those in need during great tragedy?
** UPDATES: ** ( I will add other resources here through out the day)
For Japan With Love (Bloggers Day of Silence)
Dutch Door Press (100% of profits go toward Red Cross Relief)
Pingg- Designer cards with a heart for Japan
WSAKE- Help Japan Necklace
Secrets of a Butterfly: Withe Love to Japan, a Postcard donation event.
Sweet Eventide: For Japan Print
Japan, know our hearts are with you!