Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti Relief + D&OC Etsy

If you haven't heard about the disastrous earthquake that occurred in Haiti please take a moment to read about it here. To say that my heart is heavy is an understatment. I've traveled and done relief work in a few third world countries; Haiti was once on my list. I was part of a group that was going to travel there, years ago, but right before buying plane tickets, Americans were strongly warned to not travel due to violent political uprisings. I had been preparing for months for this trip, reading books on Haitian culture and studying the geography.

Instead of going to Haiti, I took a short trip to the Dominican Republic and worked in an all boys orphanage. Even though this trip was amazing, I still yearned for Haiti.

{images via New York Times}
Yesterday after reading this post by the Lil Bee, I made a donation to the Red Cross' Disaster Relief fund because, you see, even a $10 will make a difference in this impoverished country.
I woke up this morning with a sense of discouragement, like I could do much more.
This could be a terrible idea, but I'm going to try it anyway...
Today, I'll donate 50% of all sales today from the shop to the Red Cross. If you feel so inclined, you can buy something for yourself and know that 50% of that purchase will go directly towards helping our brothers and sisters in Haiti.
Let be clear in saying that this isn't some ploy to get business in the shop. This is my commitment to pledge any extra income I make today will not go into my pocket, but will go to something far better.
Here are some new items I've recently added:
Vintage Perched Owl Brooch in Copper $14.50


Barely Blushing Mini Pink Rose Earrings $7


Blueberries n' Cream hairpin duo $10


Soft Seafoam Mini Mum Earrings $6

via D&OC etsy
So, today, I pledge to donate 50% of all sales (this does not include shipping) to the Red Cross. I'll be sure to contact you and let you know exactly how much of your purchase will be donated. If you'd prefer to donate directly, you can do so here. It's easy and quick and regardless of what situation we're all in, we CAN spare $10.

20 comments:

anhesty said...

this is great what you are doing. i just donated to them too.

Tom Tuttle from Tacoma said...

hello,

i haven't been visiting. i hope you're fine and well. i'll hop over to your shop now. see you around.

SogniSorrisi said...

I commend you for your idea. Any help is so needed at this time.

Nicole said...

I've been thinking of ways I could help the people in Haiti, although I have an extremely limited budget. I'm going to check out your shop and see if there's anything I can get, which will help you and the people in Haiti.

What a great idea. I commend you for it.

TexNYQueen said...

I know this is presumptuous, however, I want to say thank you for this offer. What a wonderful way to give back to a country that was improvised well before this disaster and is now completely devastated. Every little bit helps!

Down and Out Chic said...

hi texnyqueen- not presumptuous at all and i appreciate your support. you're absolutely right, every little bit helps and that's the thing that people need to remember ;)

Maddy said...

I just wanted to remind everyone out there donating for the relief effort, please check with your employers to see if they will match your charitable contribution. I just had my contribution matched and therefore, was able to give twice as much than I would have been able to gift on my own. Every little bit helps!

melifaif said...

Thank you for your donation and for your wonderful giving nature...

jenna said...

Just made a purchase. Thanks for doing this!

Down and Out Chic said...

update! so far you've helped raise $33.25 from your purchase.
THANK YOU.
xoxoxoxoxoxo

Jaime said...

You are soo great- what a fabulous idea. I donated some $ to Yele Haiti.

Angie said...

I think this is a great idea! My friends son just organized a clothing/bedding/toiletries drive. I thought it was the sweetest thing.

TERI REES WANG said...

A smart heart move on your part!

Iva said...

I think this is incredibly sweet and exceptionally helpful. Every dollar counts. Such a tragedy, its so heart breaking and devastating, I think we can all "afford" to help somehow, and if it can't exactly be in the form of dollars or cents, it can be time. We are all here together. Thank you Christina for this opportunity!

A Diary of Lovely said...

what a great idea Christina! a role model
bad things seem to only happen to these countries...

Rachel Follett said...

You totally rock Christina! I am definitely going to pick something up from your shop. :)

Down and Out Chic said...

another update! $65.50 has been raised so far. you guy rock my socks off (whoa, i haven't said that in like 10 years).

Sam said...

Yeah - I saw a broadcast on telly last night a little about the history of Haiti - Papa Doc , Baby Doc etc - terrible stuff really - I'll be popping over to your shop this afternoon friend!!

The Cottage Cheese said...

Oh Christina, this is so wonderful of you to do this. I wish I'd seen it earlier, I would have tweeted/blogged about it!

Down and Out Chic said...

Final update! we raised $77 total! awesome, thank you so much everyone for your support. big hugs.

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