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« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2011 07:57:15 PM »

what if We start a Livejournal group called something like "Crafting to help Japan"

That way one or 2 people keep track of official ideas and people can post up crafts they made. Then we could sell them that way through ebay/etsy.

I hear Japan is Low on blankets. :c
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« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2011 09:20:18 PM »

I would love to help Japan some more.  I bought and planted sweet potatoes on FaceBook/Cityville and every penny spent on those virtual items went to help Japan.  it wasn't much, but again, it was something.  I feel so bad for all those people.  Cry
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« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2011 10:00:18 PM »

what about crafting one of something for a partner and another of the same thing to go into a store? That way it could be a swap and the charity at the same time.
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« Reply #23 on: March 15, 2011 11:13:40 PM »

I like the idea of a "HELP JAPAN" etsy shop. And people would be even more willing to buy from the store I think if they knew it was to help Japan. But there IS the problem of the guarantee that the funds were going to japan. Is there some way that we could link our etsy shop to a paypal page where everyone can see where the money goes? I'm not technologically savvy. I don't even know what would work. But I'm IN. No matter what. I'll help.
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« Reply #24 on: March 15, 2011 11:21:00 PM »

that's a good question.  just sorry I can't answer.  I don't know if that's possible either.
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« Reply #25 on: March 16, 2011 01:48:47 AM »

I think the idea of a shop is wonderful. Raising money for the Red Cross, or other reputable charity is a great idea.

If that is not possible, we could craft items that will be needed (blankets, washclothes, reusable feminine pads, baby items, clothes, the list goes on and on...) and donate those items to a charity such as the Red Cross. They can then determine the best way to use the items. This could work as a craft-a-long, with each of us donating to our local disaster relief charity of choice.
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« Reply #26 on: March 16, 2011 05:59:15 AM »

Wow, just a few hours of sleep, and the thread grows!
I like the "one for you, one for Japan" swap idea.
As for guaranteeing where the money goes, we could look how others do it. I'm not an expert either, but if anything else fails, customers could probably transfer the money to the Red Cross directly.
I'm not on LJ so I tend to do things here, but if someone would organize something there...
I've been thinking of something else... local craft meetings...
Asking the local desaster relief charity is definitely on my list.
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« Reply #27 on: March 16, 2011 06:27:07 AM »

I'll definitely keep an eye on this to see how I can help.  I don't have anything to add to the organization part I'm afraid.
I think the etsy shop idea is a good one though.  Great ideas here overall, I think we all feel a little helpless and would like to do something.  

ETA: As much as I love to swap maybe this would be better as a craft-along so that there isn't an issue for people who may already have their 5 swap slots full, or who may be new members,etc.  Just a thought...  Smiley
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« Reply #28 on: March 16, 2011 06:28:52 AM »

I wonder if the red cross could give some sort of receipt that could be posted after each item sells? Also wish I were more tech savvy....:/
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« Reply #29 on: March 16, 2011 06:40:22 AM »

In Germany, if you donate, you get a receipt that says it was for charity because some people can get some tax refund if the sum is big enough... so I guess they could do that... or the buyer would just have to give proof they transferred the money.
As for local sells... the Red Cross gives out seales cash boxes for such purposes here, so people can see the money can't be taken out again once it's in.
Hm, swap limit, newbies, that's a point... I guess any potential swap would have to have their craft-a-long with them so noone gets left out...
Oh my, I guess I really should learn about how Etsy works now... this is what I get for not doing that earlier, now I need one when I'm stressed out... can someone give good advice if it makes sense for a newbie to put one up with no prior business experience?
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