I have joined with a number of talented, open-hearted women I have met through blogging in order to raise money in support of earthquake relief efforts in Japan.
We will be making and selling our works of art and craft, donating 100% of the proceeds to Save the Children, a well-respected organization that is doing important work in the devastated northeastern Japan. This organization is providing critical assistance to children and their families during this time of chaos and heartbreak. I know that one of their goals is to provide as normal as possible environments for children to recover in, in order to lessen trauma.
Here is how the fundraising sale will work:
The sale will run from March 24-28. A collective blog, Crafting for Courage, will showcase all of the items for sale, with links to the particular etsy shops where you can purchase the item or items that catch your eye. I will link to the Crafting for Courage blog just as soon as everything is uploaded - so please check back over the next day or so. Also, if you go directly to my etsy shop, you will find the items that I am donating to this cause clearly labeled by tomorrow evening.
Please consider making a purchase from the sale. You could treat yourself to something special, or perhaps find a thoughtful gift for Mother's Day, a birthday celebration, or for your children's teacher as an end-of-the-year thank you.
Another way you can help is to write about and link to this sale on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter. Further, if you would like to participate in selling an item or items from your etsy shop, please leave a comment here and I can get further information to you. I thank you so much for opening your heart to lend a hand to those in need.
I also want you to know that the lovely logo you see above was made by Joanie, incorporating the beautiful hand-carved dragonfly stamp made by Margie. In Japanese culture the dragonfly symbolizes courage, strength, and happiness.
The only way to end the danger is for each of us to do so, and to say to others, I am your brother. I am your sister. We are all humankind, and our life is one. Thich Nhat Hanh