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After All, We Live on the Same Planet.

A few days ago Etsy’s Storque had a post regarding this shop, HeartsforHaiti. The shop is run by more than twenty sellers, collecting donated items from other Etsy sellers to be sold on the shop. 100% of the proceeds from the shop (minus Etsy fees and Paypal fees) will go directly to Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe (quoted from the website).

Me and my boyfriend have been looking for ways to help ever since the earthquake in Haiti. There are a few shops on Etsy that run about the same way as the shop mentioned above, for instance crafthope for Haiti, also donating to Doctors Without Borders. They are, however, suspending donations for 2 weeks (since 20 Jan 2010) to catch up with the donations and admin stuff due to the good response.

Far in Malaysia, with no medical knowledge and big amount of money (well, at least true for me), how can we help? Donation. Me and my boyfriend have donated one of our storage bins to HeartsforHaiti and will donate another one to crafthope for Haiti once it reopens to accept donations. Despite donating items, we’ll be paying for the shipping to ship the sold item(s) to the buyer as well, as our own form of monetary donation and also it’s easier for the above-mentioned shops to operate (I believe it’s one of the terms listed too if you are interested to donate).

Apart from donating, you can, of course, shop at the above-mentioned shops and help out. Hearts for Haiti has a blog here with some updates on the donation and the money raised to-date.


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