On Tuesday, January 12th, I was knocked down from my birthday high when I learned a magnitude 7 earthquake had hit Port-au-Prince, Haiti. 3 million people were impacted in what has been called the small country’s biggest natural disaster in 250 years. Thousands of people have lost their lives and many more are in dire need of medical care and shelter.
I am half Haitian, so this story hit close to home…all I could think was, “What Can I Do to help?”
Aside from making donations, a handful of designers are creating items or contributing a portion of their sales to help the cause:
Etsy shop Peace Images…
… is donating a percentage of all sales this week to Wyclef’s foundation, Yele.
…is donating 100% of its profits to Haiti until the end of day on Friday.
For the next thirty days, 10% of the proceeds from the sale of The Scent of Peace by Bond No. 9…
…will go to The American Red Cross.
…is selling t-shirts, water bottles, and more, with proceeds going towards the U.N. Fund for UNICF.
…. is selling a bevy of t-shirts to go towards the Haitian Relief Fund.
If you know of anything else, leave a comment.
You can also donate directly to www.yele.org, www.redcross.org, www.hopeforhaiti.com, www.transformhaiti.org, or find a list of other organizations here or here. Not by a computer? Hop on your cell phone and Text YELE to 501501 to donate $5 via your cell phone or Text “HAITI” to “90999″ to make a $10 donation to the American Red Cross. Also, call this toll free number, 1-888-407-4747, to find information via the State Department regarding your family members in Haiti.
*Send clean used clothing, underwear, accessories, and blankets to Fashion Delivers. Products will begin arriving in Haiti by early next week so please call 212-629-6700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for drop-off information.
*In NYC? Fashion Bloggers for Haiti are coordinating an event. Find out more info here or follow them on twitter.