Saturday, September 11, 2010

Felt Aid

Today I began to see a few new listings on Felt crop up under the shop name "Felt Aid."  Curious, I investigated further and found that Lucy, Sarah and Ana from Felt....Like Something Different had created a blog and had begun fund-raising to help out the people of Christchurch, where a major earthquake hit just a week ago.

This, from an email that was sent out to the Felt community:

In the immediate aftermath of the devastating earthquake here in Christchurch, NZ on Saturday September 4th, no doubt many people's minds turned to how they could help out - this response was no different among those of the Felt community.... Ideas generated conversation, that was soon made into a cohesive plan, that eventuated in the creation of FeltAid and its accompanying blog "Felt like helping out".

In short, FeltAid is the culmination of an entire crafty minded community's creativity and of their desires to help out the best way they know how - by getting their craft on and donating the proceeds to a very worthy cause! And of course what could make a community of craftisans happier than being able to help out by doing what comes most naturally. 


Hurrah! And amen.  This is a bandwagon I am thrilled to jump on.  Helping out always feels good, but being craft- and community-related, this effort feels especially satisfying.  I was happy to submit a donation of an Organic Seed Pod Sleep Gown.


You can find the link for the listing here.  Heaps of great stuff has been donated by other Felters, so take your time and have a good look around.  If you would make your own donation, visit the donations site here.  All proceeds will go to the New Zealand Red Cross.

A wonderful thing to be a part of -- go Felt Aid!  Wouldn't it be awesome if Felt Aid continued as a fund-raising effort for different global issues after the crisis in Christchurch has been resolved?  Perhaps the recipients could rotate each month.  So much good to be done!

5 comments:

Stella said...

I know, I want to do something for the people of Pakistan, real devastation there... Maybe feltaid will extend further at some stage...

Seedling said...

Definitely - there are so many worthy causes out there. I sent Sarah an email about it and she said she would float it with Lucy. When I first opened up my shop, I thought about donating 10% of all profits to WWF, but to be honest, my profit margin is pretty slim, and that seemed unrealistic. So I thought I could just find other ways to help out -- donating a piece from time to time seems totally doable. Plus, I really like the merging of creativity, community, and helping others. It would be great if there was a way to continue with Felt Aid or something like it. xx

Stella said...

Yes so true! And I think there will be heaps of people in the crafty world that would agree and support. I remember reading a blog aaaaages ago, run by a woman who would get her readers to make little hats and blankets to send to children in some country that had a high mortality rate for wee babies - I think hypothermia must've been a cause or somehow related. I mean, how cool is that! She had hundreds of women making them and sending them off to this hospital. That's what it's all about I reckon...

Ana said...

pssssst - I sent Lucy and Sarah and email last night suggesting something along these lines for the future of FeltAid - just waiting to hear before I say anything official - it is the reason why I thought we should name the initiative something generic like FeltAid rather than something more specific so that there could be an option for it to continue in some form hopefully in the future :)

Seedling said...

Ana, that's so exciting! I think many many Felters will be eager to help out and craft for a cause. I would definitely be keen to participate. Thank you so much for all the work you've done -- go FeltAid! I'll be really interested to hear what develops. xx