Tuesday, March 15, 2011

With Love to Japan

It's difficult to watch the news these days. Images from the continuing nuclear crisis and the devastation from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan are repeating in my head. It's difficult to imagine the circumstances that the Japanese people are facing. I've had a few people email and ask about making quilts for the Japanese.

While quilts can provide comfort, right now I am donating to the International Relief fund of the American Red Cross. Now is the time for organizations with the resources and infrastructure to provide the help that is needed immediately. The Japan Red Cross has requested assistance from the American Red Cross. The ARC has set up a fund for the affected area. You can easily donate here. Skip the starbucks this week and make a donation or do what you can in your own way.

I'm also giving away the Be Still My Heart quilt shown in these pictures to a reader of my blog. All you have to do to enter is make your donation to the American Red Cross International Disaster Relief Fund. For every $10 you donate, you get an entry.
Donate, come back and leave a comment with your donation amount and the tracking number on your receipt. Make sure I have a way to contact you too!


So, how much can we raise? Let's give it a week and see!

79 comments:

Kristy said...

Love this and couldn't agree more about "do what you can in your own way" as we all have a unique opportunity to make a difference!
The quilt is stunning!

tracylee said...

I just made a $25 donation a little while ago. Here is my tracking number:

1555-8047-1-4203847-4615386

What a beautiful quilt and generous donation!

Mic said...

Put me in for $20 + prayers for the Japanese people. Tracking #
1555-8047-1-4252890-4670982
Thanks for your kind spirit.

Anne said...

Have donated $25 and hope my drop in the bucket will be followed by many more.
1555-8047-1-4174254-4580019

Anonymous said...

1555-8047-1-4029452-4417438
We have friends in Japan and have heard from one couple but not the other. Our donation of $100 was sent to help in the only way we can now. thank you
Marsha in Va Beach

Angela said...

Thank you for doing this. It seems there were auctions everywhere for the Australian disaster, but I haven't seen many for Japan.

The Retired Mama said...

I donated $50.00
tracking # 1555-8047-1-4277534-4699383

Thank-you so much for organizing this drive.

Margaret said...

Thank you for doing this. Japan has a long recovery ahead of them and will need help for a long time. My number is 1555-8047-1-4279690-4701797.

Mary Anne said...

This is a great way to help, Jacquie. Thanks for pulling it together.

i donated $25 directly to the Red Cross and have filed with my employer to match my gift of $25. Total donation of $50

Tracking#1555-8047-1-4286697-4709869
Corporate match gift ID: 9929102

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LT said...

Thanks Jacquie for such a great incentive. I've donated $200 to the Red Cross.

Tracking #1555-8047-1-4292193-4716150

If I am lucky enough to win, instead of giving the quilt to me, can you instead enter into the raffle that {Modern Relief} is

nicolette said...

What a wonderful initiative Jacquie! I hope many of your blogfriends will follow your example!

(I already donated to the Dutch Red Cross)

liberal sprinkles said...

Hello Jacquie,
what a great idea for helping. I've linked your giveaway to a post on How to help the Japan quake/tsunami relief efforts, I hope you don't mind. I'm donating to my local Red Cross.
Best wishes,
Grace

~Michelle~ said...

Great idea Jacquie! And I love that Oh Fransson is following your lead :)

Honestly, this seems like the most efficient way to help - plus as a donee, I get the tax credit... you don't have to deal with the money directly, and it seems like everyone should be happy!

EG said...

I've made 2 $10 donations (oops). My most recent tracking # is

1555-8047-1-4299052-4724085 and I can't get to the old one 'cause I can't see my personal e-mail while I'm at work. But really, it's $20 total. Girl Scout honor.

Jennifer said...

Donated $50 last night! #

1555-8047-1-4261893-4680989

Becky said...

I love that quilt. It's so happy! I donated $20 and my tracking number is 1555-8047-1-4298845-4723846.

Safira said...

Here's the # 4720198. What a great way to raise awareness and help our friends in Japan!

Kristin Shields said...

What a great thing you are doing. I donated $100 a couple of days ago. Tracking #: 1555-8047-1-3937915-4314055.

Safira said...

What a fantastic idea. #4720198

Kara said...
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Kara said...

Thank you for doing this. My tracking number is 1555-8047-1-4303828-4729455 for our donation of $20.00... and just in case, my email is kararipley@gmail.com

missknitta said...

What a gorgeous quilt! I've donated $50, and my tracking # is 1555-8047-1-4296649-4721377. Thank you so much for helping with the relief effort!

Mary said...

What a wonderful idea, although I run HeartStrings I've been encouraging everyone to make a monetary donation now rather than try to send quilts. If you don't mind, I'd like to use the same format and raffle a quilt on my site. Thanks for the idea!

Clumsy Chord said...

I donated $20 through the Canadian Red Cross (10 via your entry and 10 via Oh, Fransson!), but we don't really get a tracking number as such. (A tax receipt and a thank you email with the Charity's registration number.) Oh, well, I've a long history of not winning things anyway ;D

This is a nice thing for you to do, anyway, as a way to help those in need.

Christine said...

Excellent idea! I donated $25.00 and my tracking number is 1555-8047-1-4313660-4740453

Kate said...

Beautiful idea and gorgeous quilt! I donated $40 and the tracking number is 1555-8047-1-4320410-4747995

Eleanor said...

I could only afford to donate $10, but I am glad to be able to help in even the smallest way. My receipt number is: 1555-8047-1-4326950-4755404

eleanor(at)unfamiliarceiling(dot)com

Erica said...

what a beautiful quilt! i donated $20 - Tracking Code:
1555-8047-1-4329548-4758389

ericaengland@gmail.com

redzshadow said...

I donated $50 and my tracking number is: 1555-8047-1-4333104-4762322

Anonymous said...

I'm in for (another) $20. Beautiful quilt.

Tracking number 1555-8047-1-4336350-4765920

I'm Jennifer, and you can contact me at chloepear at yahoo dot com .

Rachel said...

Thanks for encouraging support through the American Red Cross. They can do so much. I donated $30. My tracking number is 1555-8047-1-4342109-4772285.

bruinbr said...

This is wonderful. I donated $200 on the 13th. My tracking # is 1555-8047-1-4028456-4416377

thanks so much!
bruinbr at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I donated $30.
Tracking number is
1555-8047-1-4360589-4794209

GREAT JOB!!!!!!!

dianne
dbienick@comcast.net

Christie, Describe Happy said...

You are doing an amazing thing! I have a link to your raffle on my site to hopefully generate a bit more traffic for you!

Connie said...

A beautiful quilt ...

We made a donation a few days ago (-4324385) and I just made another at Oh Fransson's site.

Quilters are good people.

Malealyn said...

Thank you for doing this. Every time I refresh the NYTimes front page my heart breaks a little more. I donated $20. 1555-8047-1-4368312-4802978 Thank you again.

Barry said...

So very generous of you to put up the beautiful heart quilt - quilters have "big hearts" - prayers for Japan
I dontated $50
receipt# 1555-8047-4300460-4725722

QuiltPeace said...

The last post from "Barry" was in error - I logged out from that address and am now quilt peace
donated $50
receipt#1555-8047-4300460-4725722
Barbara

Pam said...

This is a wonderful way to encourage donations on behalf of the Japanese people. Thank you. I donated $25.00 - #1555-8047-1-4376080-4812493.

Sara A said...

I have donated $100 because I used to live in Japan. And I am focused on long term support, too. This is a beautiful quilt and if I won it, I'd enjoy it until I knew there was someone in Japan that I could donate it to when they are ready to start setting up house again.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for motivating me to make a $50.00 donation-tracking #1555-8047-1-4395213-4834995. We have had 3 Japanese exchange students and this is having a huge impact on me. If I won, could there be a way to donate the quilt to someone in need in Japan?

Amanda said...

I'd been waiting for payday to make my donation, so now's as good a time as any.

I could only put forth $20, but any little bit helps, I figure. Tracking number 1555-8047-1-4415234-4857950.

Anonymous said...

I just donated $10 (last 7 of the tracking number is 4863155). I think this is a great way to encourage people to continue to give. Thank you!

Jenny E!
librarianjle(at)gmail(dot)com

Kerstin said...

Thank you for doing this! It's my birthday next week, and instead of getting a present from my husband, he donated $150 to Unicef. The situation in Japan is breaking my heart, those people need all the help they can get!

p said...

My prayers go to all the people in Japan. I just donated $30. My number is 1555-8047-1-4429865-4874581. Thank you

shared exchange hosting said...

Lovely quilt it is!

Cherie in St Louis said...

I've donated $25 and my tracking number is 1555-8047-1-4488435-4925116. This is a wonderful way to encourage all quilters to give in the most useful way at this time. Maybe later actual quilts will be appropriate but right now they need money. Thank you.

Adicia Bathon said...

I donated $10. This is a wonderful idea! My tracking number is 1555-8047-1-4471651-4942200

mamadevlin said...

Just a wonderful idea. Thank you for your generosity!! I donated $50 and my tracking number is

1555-8047-1-4473959-4945199

Anonymous said...

I made a $100 donation today. My tracking number is 1555-8047-1-4473876-4945091. Just in case, my email is jerry_williams_mn@yahoo.com

NancyinSTL said...

Your quilt is lovely! I'm not entering the giveaway, but will be making a donation through my husband's employer so that my gift will be doubled via the corporate match. Thanks so much for setting up this fundraiser.

Amber said...

So wonderful Jacquie - I donated $30. Here's my receipt number:

1555-8047-1-4487955-4962666

Jeannette said...

I donated $50.00. Tracking number is: 1555-8047-1-4489349-4964274. I have been wanting to do something for this cause. Thank you.

JuneBug said...

Doing what we can where we can... it's a wonderful motto for life and perfect for this situation... thank YOU for working in your way too!

$50 donated 3/16/11, Tracking #XXXX-8047-1-4327964-4756589

Beth said...

Thank you for inspiring so much generosity. I am only able to donate $10.00 at this time, and I've just done that. My tracking # is 1555-8047-1-4504788-4981536.

wordygirl at earthlink dot net

Holly said...

What a clever and generous gesture!

I wonder if you would consider my donation to the Canadian Red Cross Japan Earthquake / Asia-Pacific Tsunami fund? As a Canadian, it is a bit simpler to go throught the Canadian branch of the Red Cross. I donated $20.

Here is the number: 0326582

Vicky F said...

Hi Jacquie,
Thank you for organizing this.
I donated $50.00,
tracking id no. 1555-8047-1-4511488-4989219

Vicky F

Chicken Julie said...

I have one entry, but donated by cell phone - no tracking number. I am happy to post you a screen capture if need be.

chicken julie at yahoo

Ruth said...

Great giveaway for an important cause. I made a $20 donation to the Red Cross and the tracking number is 1555-8047-1-4482739-4956315

Amy said...

What a great idea and a beautiful quilt. I donated $30.

1555-8047-1-4531692-5011177

amysruff (at) yahoo (dot) com

Neicee said...

I donated $25 please enter me! This is my tracking number! What a wonderful thing for you to do!

4986960

Bertie said...

Fantastic how the needlework world is donating for Japan. A great idea to raffle your quilt.

Pam said...

A $100 donation has been made to the Red Cross and will be matched by my husbands company for a total donation of $200. All their employees in Japan are safe but sadly, some of them lost family members. Pam & John Bennett

Pam said...

Oops, forgot to list our donation number -
1555-8047-1-4543201-5024321


John & Pam Bennett

Arita said...

Thank you for the great gift. I just donated $50; my tracking number is 338014. Contact me at at: arquilters (at) gmail (dot) com

merumo said...

Thank you so much for a great inspirations for a wonderful cause! I truly appreciate your generous offer... Tracking #1555-8047-1-4550281-5031930 for $10.

connie said...

Thanks for doing this. I made a $20.00 dollar donation.
Tracking #1555-8047-1-4579031-5063352

Patty S. said...

Thanks for organizing this. I donated $100 and here's my tracking number: 1555-8047-1-4595244-5081124

Kathleen said...

I donated $25.00. My tracking number is 1555-8047-1-4603705-5090283

My email contact is kathleen@robertsonfamilylaw.com

Kelsey said...

I donated $10 and my tracking number is 1555-8047-1-4300880-4726180. So amazed at all the amazing work being done in blogland for the relief!

Anonymous said...

here is my receipt number: 1555-8047-1-4609267-5096409

thanks,
rileys@ttc-cmc.net

Jenny said...

I just gave $50 -- record number 1555-8047-1-4609461-5096615.

Jennie said...

We just sent $25. Here's our tracking number: 1555-8047-1-4604045-5090649
Thank you so much for doing this!!!

Nikki said...

What a generous way to encourage others to contribute to relief efforts! I just contributed my $20, and here is my tracking number. Beautiful quilt!

ecuakim said...

My donation was $15. Wish it could be more. The devastation is unimaginable.

1555-8047-1-4616590-5104487

Evelyn said...

Hi Jacquie - Thank you for offering up such a beautiful quilt. I've made a $50 donation (#1555-8047-1-4629662-5118994) - thanks for the opportunity to support both you and Japan!

audreypawdrey said...

This is such a beautiful quilt, and I wanted to give to this worthy cause! I hope you raise a lot of money!
Tracking number:
1555-8047-1-4634180-5123940

MightyMom said...

awesome idea and a perfect quilt!!