January 13, 2010

Help for Haiti

Truth is, I feel pretty helpless. But I thought of a way we can help.

Thank you for all of your kind comments on the vintage fabric tote bag I recently made. I'd like to auction it off to raise money for the victims of the horrific earthquake in Haiti. I know it will only be a small contribution, but small steps can lead to big differences when we all work together.

Here's how my auction will work:

You will be bidding on this bag, which I will fill with other handmade items and happy surprises.







In the comments section on this post, leave the amount you'd like to bid. Remember the cause and please bid generously.

Bidding will remain open until Monday, January 18 (Martin Luther King Day here in the U.S.) at midnight, Eastern Time.

At that time, I will ask the highest bidder to make a donation to the Haitian relief charity of his or her choice in the amount of their bid, and ask them to forward me a copy of the receipt as proof the donation was made.

I will gladly ship (at my cost) anywhere in the world.

Separately, if you are looking to make a donation on your own here are some organizations:

Thank you in advance. Now, let the bidding begin!

UPDATE: The lovely keeper of the house at Reclaimed Home is auctioning off a gorgeous necklace she made on her blog. Click here to hop over to her online home for bidding on this gem:

30 comments:

Rue said...

I bid $20 Laura :)

I also put it on my sidebar.

xoxo,
rue

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Rue ROCKS! :-)

Keetha Broyles said...

Here's another group that is already in Haiti and which I know is legit and wonderful, in case you want to add them to your list: World Hope International (worldhope.org)

Liz@Violet Posy said...

I feel the same, it's just awful. I think what your doing is fab and good luck with the auction x

modernemama said...

I'm supporting Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders but I'll bid $30 on your lovely tote

Blondie's Journal said...

You are a doll, Laura. I bid $50.00.

xoxo
Janie

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

What a wonderful idea! My husband and I already donated as much as we possibly could this evening to the Red Cross Laura, but I'll also put this on my blog sidebar. You are a sweetie!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Thank you all for your generous comments and BIDS!!

desiree said...

Ok--when you first showed that bag I was so envious that you have this amazing talent to create such a fabulous bag--So I'm bidding $75. Great idea by the way!!!

rh said...

The bidding is beyond what I can afford, so hope you don't mind, but I stole your idea!

Atticmag said...

I will bid $80! This is a super idea and dear Lord those poor people need all the help we can give. Also, thanks for stopping by to commiserate about my pots and pans.
Jane F.

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

Excellent idea Laura! I'll add this to my blog post tomorrow. I see the bidding is already getting serious, what a bunch of lovely bloggers.

fairfieldhouse said...

Laura,

I applaud your idea. You have such a kind and loving spirit and it shines through in all your posts. I will certainly mention this on my blog as well as RH's auction.

I'm a Jersey Girl aka Beach Girl so that bag has my name all over it.
I bid $85.00

Deborah

j.cro said...

Nice work Laura! I have info up on my blog about how/where to donate too.

pve design said...

Laura,
You are so wonderful!
Wishing you much success with your auction.
Every little bit will help.
pve

desiree said...

I guess I'm up to $90 now....

Nantucket Mermaid said...

Good for you, Laura! I am donating 100 per cent of what ever I sell in my etsy shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/nantucketmermaid to Doctors without borders...maybe someone would like to put something in that bag? Every bit helps! :)

Maureen said...

What a great idea - you are the best.

$100... to CRS regardless of the outcome.

Thanks for pushing us to do what is in our hearts.

susan said...

What a great idea--I won't bid here as I've just sent off a contribution to Partners in Health (another excellent organization--their main hospital is 2 hrs from Port au Prince, in the central plateau, and it's now the only functioning hospital in Haiti). http://www.standwithhaiti.org/haiti

Weef! said...

Laura:

This is a fabulous idea and I posted a link to it on my blog. Good work, Laura!!!!

Joyce said...

Laura this is a wonderful thing you are doing. We just sent in a check to the red cross yesterday. xo

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Laura, Just dedicated part of my 300th post to you and your blog.
♥, Susan

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I've been "offline" today and when I returned to these comments my heart almost busted. Bless you all.

Beach House Living said...

Dear Laura:

We made a donation to Doctors without Borders thank you for the suggestion.

I'd like to offer some handmade items to help fill the tote bag.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Beach House Living that would be AWESOME! You can email me at shorehousechic(at)gmail(dot)com -- a friend of mine offered to donate jewelry so I'm thinking of doing another auction next week. THANK YOU!!

northlandmom said...

I bid $110...this is exciting and a great way to do something positive.

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Thank you northlandmom!!!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

Auction is over and northlandmom is the WINNAH! Oh my gosh thank you all so much. Northlandmom -- email me at shorehousechic@gmail.com and I'll get everything ready to mail to you -- you can email me a copy of "proof" of your charitible donation.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Congrats to Northlandmom!

This was wonderful Laura. Seeing all the problems in Haiti has put my day to day frustrations in perspective and I feel so fortunate to have the basics of food clothing shelter and my family safe and well. I will continue to keep those people in my thoughts and prayers and I will continue to contribute to charities that are helping them as the relief will need to go on for many years.

northlandmom said...

I am so excited that I won and this was such a great cause. I made my donation to Samaritan's purse (another great organization)and thanks to those of you who donated items to this. I can't wait to get it!! Thanks Laura!
northlandmom