September 1st is Blog for Relief Day [this has been extended to a full Weekend: Sept 1-5], "focused on raising awareness of and funds for relief efforts to aid those affected by Hurricane Katrina."
Katrina has hit home for scrapbookers, literally -- for instance, I saw over at 2Ps that Jlyne's family (of ScrapSubmit) has lost everything. Sadly, I know she's not the only scrapper affected.
I've seen some wonderful gifts being donated to deal with the crisis: Scrapbook.com just sent out a newsletter with the following announcement:
30% of all digital sales made using the coupon code AUG246 will be donated by Scrapbook.com to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort. If you'd also like to make a donation directly, the following organizations are a sampling of those currently assisting in the evacuation and recovery effort and could use your support. You can click on the links below to go to their websites and make a charitable contribution. (Scrapbook.com is not directly endorsing any of these organizations, just seeking to raise awareness of some that have come to our attention to help interested readers find a service that may align with their outlook.)
American Red Cross
Episcopal Relief and Development
Mennonite Disaster Services
The Mercy Corps
LDS Humanitarian Services
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
If anyone hears of other scrapbook-related sales/donations/etc being offered to benefit hurricane victims, please post in the comments, and I will Edit to Add.
Edited to Add:
More charity links from Kajira's blog (be sure to check out her blog for info on various scrap-related sales to benefit hurricane victims):
- Red Cross donation form
- Salvation Army, for victims living in FL,LA,MS,AL, and others
- Find local FL,LA,MS,AL charities to donate to
- Charity Navigator (make sure you donate to the right ones!!!)
- Christian Disaster Response
- Catholic Relief Services
- Feed my Starving Children
The staff at the Digi Chick are collaborating on a digital mega kit to sell where all proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross. Available on Monday, September 5th. Digi Chick Designer Andie Smith has already made the Katrina Paper Pack available, proceeds also to go to Red Cross.
Scrap Outside the Box is offering a download of their huge collaborative kit by the SOTB designers, Caliente Cropper, in return for a $15+ donation to the American Red Cross, the LDS Disaster Relief Fund, or Christian Relief Fund. They are also hosting a special chat and crop Saturday, Sept. 4th, at 9 p.m. eastern using the Katrina Jiffy Scrap collections.
Jackie at Lifetime Moments included this tip in her recent newsletter:
In the past auctions at LM have been successful raising funds to help kids at the holidays and to help our friend Rene’ with medical expenses. I went searching for the quickest way we could do this and researched ebay Giving Works. You can sell items on eBay through the Giving Works program with missionfish.org and donate up to 100% of the proceeds to help support relief efforts. You can choose from several charities including the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. I would like to encourage you to consider helping in this way. If you list something to benefit one of the charities, please post a link here on the LM message board. It might be something scrapping or non-scrapping related. We are also working on some other ideas for helping out and will announce them as soon as we have more information. LM has these auctions listed, as well as some kits in their online store. UPDATE: I have donated a signed copy of Book of Us to Jackie's fundraising efforts -- right now the price is a steal, so swoop in to bid!
Karen at Luv2Scrapbook is hosting a SCRAP-A-THON until the end of September. Each participant will make a commitment to scrapbook so many pages between now and the end of the month. Participants seek pledges for the number of pages that they scrapbook. The money raised will be sent to the American Red Cross to be used for assistance to hurricane victims. Luv2's goal is to raise at least $1000. Luv2 is also hosting an all-day crop at their Ft. Wayne store location Saturday, September 24th from 9am-9pm. Food will be provided. 20% of all sales for that day will also go to the Red Cross Relief Fund. Check out the Luv2 Forums for more information.
Scrapper's Daily Dose will be hosting a Hurricane Katrina Relief Crop October 7th-9th.
Scriptorium Fonts made this offer in a recent newsletter:
At The Scriptorium we want to do what we can to help with the disaster relief in Louisiana and Mississippi. Since we make fonts, we're going to put those fonts to work and support the Red Cross relief fund. Each day during the next week we're going to take all proceeds from the sales of one selected font and donate it to the Red Cross. We'll change fonts every couple of days so you can donate more than once and get more than one font for your efforts. The first font we're featuring is Ironworks, which has the look of letters made from wrought iron fence in the style for which New Orleans' Garden District is famous. So if you want to help with disaster relief, stop by our main page and get all the info on how you can help people out and get a free font at the same time.
According to Carrie Stephens' blog:
The generous ladies at scrapartist are ...generously donating proceeds 9/1 Through Sunday 9/4 to the red cross! Everything on the entire site is a whopping 50 percent off!! [Editor's Note: Check out the Aged Florals kit! Gorgeous!]
Promos4Digital Scrappers has set up a gallery for digi-designers/sites to upload previews of kits created for fundraing or related announcements/ads. You can see the gallery here. Also read the Announcement thread in the P4D forums here for more information on designers making donations.