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March 24, 2011

Thank you

I sent the rest of the money to Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support (they have a website now: http://jears.org/) this morning, as the e-checks I was waiting for cleared during the night. Thank you once again to all who participated in the raffle and gave so generously.

Here's one of the reasons I'm doing all this:

I am still amazed by how much money we raised, and knowing that the dolly and crafty communities are continuing to raise dizzying, amazing amounts for Japan is really heartening.

There are two groups who are organizing art and craft charity auctions to benefit the rescue and recovery effort in Japan. Handmade For Japan's acutions start today, and Arts & Crafts United for Japan are still accepting submissions until the 31st of this month. Handmade For Japan have a whole lot of spectacular ceramic pieces up for bids, and Huffington Post has an excellent article written by Sarah Archer on the people and artists involved: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-archer/post_1854_b_839488.html
The article also expresses another reason why I find it important to help Japan:

"Bidding on works in "Handmade for Japan" is a fitting way to support the immediate rescue and recovery effort in Japan, and it is also way to give thanks to Japan for the way their aesthetics have helped all of us see the world around us in a different way. It is hard to ignore the parallels: the country that is beloved for its deeply considered, thoughtful craft and design is also a place where people seem to think nothing of putting others before themselves in a desperate situation. In a culture where the smallest detail is deserving of attention, no one is left behind."

Like I've mentioned in previous posts, I owe a lot of my inspiration to Japan, and being able to give back in their time of need means a lot me. So once again, thank you to all of you who have donated to aid Japan, and thank you to all who are going to do so. You are wonderful people!


Thanks for putting that together. I had already donated to the Red Cross, but it was good that you introduced me to the JEARS folks as well so I could send them some and also follow their future work. I know how much I love my dog, so I am happy that the pets of Japan have allies during this time!

Dana, thank you. I feel that this was the least I could do, I don't have much money to give, but I can donate my time and skills. :)

I love my cat very much and I know I'd be besides myself if she'd be missing following a disaster, which is why the work JEARS does is really important. Many people in Japan have already lost so much, they don't need to lose their pets on top of everything else.

It's so nice to have you do all of the research for us. It makes our decision making so much easier!! Thanks.

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