Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Creative Minds Join Forces for Hurricane Katrina Relief

Hi there. As a show of unity within the indie business community, Craft Revolution is organizing a fund raiser for the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund. Won't you please help?

Check out the Crafters United Etsy shop to find some of the best indie products that have been donated by generous indie businesses. Mamie Originals will be donating tomorrow, so keep an eye out for that. The Richmond Craft Mafia will probably be donating several items, also.

From the Craft Revolution Crafters United website:

"Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast earlier this week with devastating effects, forcing hundreds of thousands out of their homes and causing at least 68 deaths, including 55 in Mississippi. Rescue efforts are currently under way, with many victims trapped on rooftops and in flooded communities. The area is experiencing a shortage of food, a lack of drinking water and no power to homes that are still standing. The devastation is unbelievable.

We at Craft Revolution have been watching the news coverage together (online) with heavy hearts. We know full-well the power of the indie community to come together to support one of our own in need. Now is the time to mobilize that power and reach out to the victims of this horrific storm.

We have approached Etsy.com with a plan to offer donated indie items for sale on their website. Etsy has offered us shop space (http://craftrevolution.etsy.com) and to help us promote the event by mentioning the event in their blog and featuring some of the items from the shop.

All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund, which is providing hot meals to victims and rescue workers, as well as providing other much needed assistance such as shelter, medical needs and even therapy for victims. Our initial goal is to raise $1,000."

If you are an indie business owner, please consider donating an item by visiting the Crafters United webpage. You can also make a cash donation at the bottom of the site.

Thanks so much for helping those who most need it right now. Now please go hug your family and tell them you love them. Call your parents and go peek at your (hopefully) sleeping children (it's 10pm here!) because it's times like these that make you really think about your blessings.

There's lots going on right now, so they'll be a Mamie Originals update soon, but this just couldn't wait.




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