giving to japan


We’ve all been glued to our computers and t.v.’s, heartbroken at the images of the destruction following last week’s Sendai earthquake/ tsunami. It inspired us to get prepared, as shown in Ginny’s post yesterday. But that helplessness we feel looking at the displaced victims — it has motivated us to give. The best way to do this is to donate directly to the Red Cross (though doing this through text message is a reportedly sluggish method). Businesses worldwide, large and small alike, have come up with other ways to help, donating some or all of their proceeds to help the people of Japan. Here are some of the ones we’ve ran across:

Heath Ceramics (from our recent tour) will be donating 25% of all online sales to Architecture for Humanity’s relief efforts in Japan through March 24.

Three Potato Four will be donating 10% of their profits to relief efforts in Japan through Sunday. This would be a good time to splurge on a big ticket item, like this amazing 12 seat cafeteria table at $4000.

Seattle’s Zoka Coffee will be donating $1 per bag of coffee sold to the Red Cross. Coffee is a necessity anyway, so why not grab a bag of Organic Espresso Quatro coffee (which is crazy delicious) and help a bit at the same time?

Etsy is chock-a-block with generous artists who have donated their time and work to help the relief efforts. A seplace for “Japan relief” and “pray for Japan” resulted in a wide range of items, like the photo above, by erinlarue.

Other sites have more links to charitable crafters, like this post at Craft and this one at Readymade detail. Please leave any other businesses you know of donating to relief efforts in the comments. — as well as any other ways you’re giving to the relief effort. Hopefully we can all try and help Japan through this difficult time.

Image courtesy of Etsy Seller erinlarue.

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