Our Goal Was Met For Japan!

WE REACHED OUR GOAL OF $10,000.00 AND BEYOND! $10,012.73!!

Thank you to each and every Etsy seller, and others who have contributed, for making this possible! It is amazing what can happen when people join together with a common purpose!

Sara of Sarawen Perfume Art on Etsy was our final contributor who tipped the scales and brought us to our goal. She is a Canadian from Ontario. Thank you Sara!

I will be doing an article soon on each and every person and shop that has contributed to our fundraising efforts on Facebook. Thank you everyone!

Let us not forget Japan and their struggles even though we aren’t hearing about it in the news as often. There are several areas in our world that have been hit by natural disasters. My hope is that this fundraising effort for Japan might encourage each and every one of us to remember others who are struggling and to inspire us all to reach past ourselves and donate what we can, utilizing the talents we possess. We are all neighbours and we need each other.

God bless each and every one of you who have been so supportive to this cause as well as to me personally. I have met so many wonderful, caring people through this from all parts of the world and I consider myself privileged to have connected with all of you. Imagine what could happen if everyone in the world donated just one thing… whether it be a piece of art, a song, a service…whatever! Anyone can start a fundraiser. Anyone… young or old. Just find a need and do your part to fill it, and ask for help from others. I hope to see many more fundraisers like this one pop up everywhere. Get inspired! Thanks again! Micki


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What Can You Do To Help Japan?

Vancouver Island Etsy Artists Use Their Talents To Help Japan

Most of us have been experiencing a general feeling of helplessness as we watch the recent devastation incurred after the earthquake/tsunami in Japan. Our team of Vancouver Island artists and crafters from Etsy.com have joined forces to try and make a difference.

A new Facebook page entitled ‘What Can You Do To Help Japan?‘ was created by the team for that purpose. This innovative project offers an affordable, creative way for anyone to help, regardless of their budget. People are encouraged to donate one or more items to sell, or a percentage of what they sell, to the cause.

The Vancouver Island Etsy Team was created by its captain, Lindsay Jenkins of ‘Sunshine Jewls‘, and its mandate is to bring island crafters together from Sooke to Port Hardy to network, communicate, support and build one another’s handmade businesses. Etsy is a social commerce website focused on handmade or vintage items as well as art and craft supplies. One of its aims is to restore community and culture to our commerce.

Here’s how the Facebook project works; you are asked to place a photo of what you wish to donate and include a link, if you have one, so others may find the item and have the opportunity to purchase it. If the item does not have a link, you are asked to add a price instead. You are then asked to share the page link with your contacts and invite them to donate something also, or to shop amongst the donated items. The proceeds from the sales are then donated to whichever organization the seller trusts that assists in the Japan disaster relief efforts.

The premise offered is this, “Each of our contributions may not amount to a whole lot but together, WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!”  (Micki Findlay of ASeaCreations.com).  The Vancouver Island Etsy team would also like to put out a challenge to other Etsyians, and all local artists and crafters, to contribute something to the cause. If you would like to rise to the challenge, here is the page link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/What-Can-You-Do-To-Help-Japan/200538399970415
If you prefer to help by shopping, you may go to their Facebook photo album @ http://www.facebook.com/album.php?id=200538399970415&aid=49705

Here is a quote posted on the page: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” Edward Everett Hale

The team has produced a touching YouTube video to drive traffic to the Japan project page. It can be found below and online @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KluiOr5pmF4 The team has also organized a Spring Meet-Up for April 22nd at 2 pm in Ladysmith to network, plan and share ideas. Some of the handcrafted items they are donating to the Japan Disaster Relief Efforts will be on display there as well.

For more info, here are the links once again:
– Japan Relief Project – Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/What-Can-You-Do-To-Help-

– VI Etsy Community Website: http://www.etsy.com/teams/8082/vancouver-island-team
– VI Etsy Facebook Team Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Etsy-Vancouver-Island-

– YouTube Project Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KluiOr5pmF4

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” Edmund Burke

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen Keller