Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Crafters make the world go 'round.

There are some really cool ways you can help the people of Haiti.

If you haven't already heard, Craft Hope, an organization that is near and dear to my heart, opened an Etsy store.

I've participated in several of the Craft Hope projects so far. In fact, the response to their Etsy store has been crazy overwhelming -- I know they've already raised well over $10,000. Crafters from all over the world have donated the items you can buy, and 100% of the proceeds go to Doctors Without Borders. If you were planning on giving to the relief efforts anyway, why not pick up something unique and handmade at the same time?

I picked up this fun quilt pattern called "Charm Bracelet"...

...although I sure wish it came with the sweet donkey.

If Etsy isn't your thing, I read another great idea on Brianna's blog. Some friends of hers have two (incredible) kids that are raising money for Haiti as well.

They are making adorable necklaces and selling them with 100% of the profits going to Haiti (via an organization which the 11-year-old-necklace-making-extraordinaire-daughter hasn't quite yet picked, but I'm sure it will be a good one). The necklaces are $10 each and come in a gift bag with a tag explaining the reason for the necklaces -- so they are also perfect for gift-giving. You can order them here.

It's pretty extraordinary to see how technology and the recent craft movement has been such a big player in relief efforts for a major crisis. Every little bit helps, but when technology is able to pull all of those little bits together, it can impact the world in a gigantic way. So cool.


amylouwho said...

I agree 100%. I donated a bag that sold within 24 hours! yay!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad there are so many efforts going on to help out this terrible situation. We were at a banquet last night and were given information for a NC Baptist Mens organization that 100% of all money donated to that cause goes directly to Haiti. We will be collecting again on Sunday.