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Crafty Hurricane Relief Efforts – PLEASE READ

Hello! Today I am joining many crafty companies in raising funds to help hurricane relief. Please join us!

First of all, it is of course best to donate directly to relief organizations. And we hope you do!!! I have listed several recommended organizations below. What these crafty companies are offering below is just another fun way to come together and give. And these offerings are BIG for these tiny businesses. They are hoping by doing this that they inspire others to give in any way they can.  Please be sure to read this whole post to best understand the efforts.

So… I have (like many of you) been deeply effected by the devastation in the Bahamas due to Hurricane Dorian. The first island that was hit directly is a tiny island called Elbow Cay. My family has been visiting this island for a few years now and it has become very special to us. The people there are the kindest we have encountered during our travels. When I heard the hurricane was heading their way, I immediately wanted to start helping. (If you remember, the other two islands that we love were hit by Hurricane Irma – St. John and Virgin Gorda – and I did a lot of fundraising for them, too, through a friend in the islands.)

I feel passionate about helping these folks on these small islands because they have no where to go and very have little resources. I think that some people hear the word “Bahamas” and think of the big fancy resorts and fancy homes. Those do exist… but mostly on the big island of Nassau. Nassau has lots of stores, large buildings, resources, etc. This large island was not hit badly by this hurricane. But Bahamas is made up of 700 (!) islands. Many of these are small. And those are the islands that got hit by the hurricane.

As I mentioned, Elbow Cay is where our family loves to go. This island is small and doesn’t have hotels and fancy resorts… but rather small and simple inns and homes. You get around by small boat or old golf carts and the few grocery stores are smaller than most US gas stations. It is a very simple, beautiful life with beautiful people. Many of them didn’t have the money to evacuate… and are now left with very little. There are areas even worse off, though. On another island, there is a community known as The Mudd, which was built over time by Haitian immigrants. It is completely gone and many are missing.

So… please know that these people need our help. They don’t have the resources to rebuild on their own. And right now they simply need food, basic essentials… and to get somewhere safe. Many are starting to get sick.

That is my story. Why I feel so passionate to help these little islands. Like many, I feel so helpless. Well, I shared my feelings about these places, and a few crafters and crafting companies reached out to me with ideas to rally crafters to give. I volunteered to pull this post together and just posted on social media for any craft companies to let me know if they wanted to share anything in this post. I am thankful for all they are doing!

I also have several things in the works that I will share with you soon. These are all things that will raise more money in fun ways. I think you will like them! Stay tuned.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • I used several affiliate links in this post. These cost you nothing. I did this intentionally (after the suggestion of a few of the companies) as I will be donating 100% of my affiliate earnings for the weekend of 9/7/19 to YachtAid Global. This means more money is given! We are all in this together.
  • Not everyone is public with their giving – and that is totally good! Everyone is different – and that is ok. So just because you don’t see company listed here doesn’t mean they didn’t give. These are just companies who wanted to get their customers involved in giving.
  • Also, keep in mind that several companies have things in the works! In fact, I have been involved in the planning of a few. They take time, so stay tuned!
  • Excuse errors in my writing. I am a terrible writer, and this is a lot of writing for me. lol
  • Please – no negative comments. Everyone’s heart is in the right place.
  • I had a lot of info to pull together for this post. I am praying I didn’t miss anything! PLEASE check back as I will update this list whenever needed.

WHERE TO DONATE:

I have spent a ton of time looking at the many places to donate. I have found many that are already on the islands doing AMAZING work. Here are a few I recommend:

  • Global Empowerment Mission – Wow. This group is already helping… in the areas most damaged. You can see what they are doing HERE. (Check out their Instagram Stories.)
  • YachtAid Global – This group has been bringing aid and doing evacuations via their large yachts. So incredible. You can see a lot of the work they have already done HERE.
  • Samaritan’s Purse – A well-known organization known for doing wonderful work in disaster relief.
  • Hope 4 Hopetown – One of the first fundraisers formed… to help the first island hit – Elbow Cay.
  • Hope Town Relief – Another great group… with money going to fire and rescue efforts.

This crafting community is amazing. I have said it before… but here is more proof. Thank you to each of you. Love to all! Now let’s raise some money for these people in need…


HONEY BEE STAMPS — Honey Bee has created a stamp set to help with hurricane relief! “This is a very special stamp set, created with the Hurricane Dorian relief efforts in mind. 50% of all sales from this stamp set will go to these wonderful charities specifically for Hurricane Dorian relief efforts. Half of the donation will go to Nazarene Compassionate Ministries. The other half will go to the Global Empowerment Mission.” Shop HERE.


COLORADO CRAFT COMPANY

  • Get 20% off your entire order through 9/12/19. Use code “dorianrelief”.
  • Colorado Craft Company will donate 100% of their profit to hurricane relief!!! Shop HERE.


PINKFRESH STUDIO

  • This is amazing! 100% of new profits made from sales this weekend (9/6/19 – 9/8/19) will go towards hurricane relief. WOW! Shop HERE.
  • Also, the members of the Pinkfresh Studio team are picking their favorite current Pinkfresh Studio products for Designer Picks for a Purpose. Love this! Go to Instagram and check out the hashtag #pinkfreshstudio to see what folks are sharing. I hope to share soon, too.
  • I recommend checking out the Kelly Alpha Dies. I will be using it in a video soon. So fresh and unique!


THE RABBIT HOLE DESIGNS

  • The Rabbit Hole Designs is pledging 10% of all sales to hurricane relief from 9/5/19 to 9/12/19. Also, as an added incentive, if your order ends with the number 0 or 5, you will get one of their new enamel pins! Shop HERE.
  • Donations will go to to Matt Winslow’s Hopetown Relief. This is a great group supporting the Hopetown Volunteer Fire and Rescue. Elbow Cay was the first island hit by the hurricane.
  • I am very impressed by this new-ish company. They were the first to reach out to me on how to help. I placed my order immediately and got it today! Please visit them.


MAMA ELEPHANT

  • Mama Elephant is giving 100% of net profits from 9/10/19 to 9/12/19 to hurricane relief! HOW INCREDIBLE! Shop HERE.


PICKET FENCE STUDIOS

  • Save 20% off at Picket Fence Studios. AND, they will donate 25% off all orders to hurricane relief. Through 9/11/19. Use code “HELPNOW” and shop HERE.


HERO ARTS

  • Hero Arts also started their giving right away… donating $1 from every September Kit sold to hurricane relief. Shop HERE.
  • The cost of these kits is about half of the value. I love them!


PAPER SMOOCHES —

  • Paper Smooches will donate 15% of sales between 9/14/19 to 9/21/19 (note these dates). If you include “SHOP TO GIVE” in the comments box, they will include a stamp set for FREE with your order. Shop HERE.


AVERY ELLE

  • From Avery Elle: “In light of the recent hurricane in the Bahamas Avery Elle would like to do something to help.  Our Dorian Donation Surprise bag comes with an assortment of brand new ink pads, twine, patterned paper pads, 4 x 6″ stamp sets and dies (dies will match the enclosed stamp sets or will be stand alone dies) with an approximate retail value of $150.  No items in the same bag have been duplicated.  If you would like to purchase two different bags please note that in your order and you will be sent two different surprise bags.   We will donate all the proceeds for each bag sold to various charities for the benefit of victims of Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas. We have a limited quantity of these donation bags so if you are interested be sure to get yours before they run out!” Shop HERE.
  • THESE ARE SELLING OUT QUICKLY. Jamie keeps adding more… so keep checking back. She is working as fast as she can this week – she is incredible!
  • While shopping, please check out their new release HERE. It is amazing!


REVERSE CONFETTI

  • Check out my post HERE – Reverse Confetti and I are donating a portion of profits!
  • Jen has more in the works. Stay tuned.


SIMON SAYS STAMP


RANGER INDUSTRIES

  • Use the code “DORIANRELIEF” at checkout and Ranger will donate 25% of your order value to Hurricane Dorian Relief! Amazing! 9/7/19 to 9/13/19. Shop HERE.
  • Now is a good time to get ink refills of your favorite Distress! Also, I love their acrylic pour products.


GINA K DESIGNS

  • Stay tuned… Gina has a couple amazing projects in the works… all to help those in need in the islands. I have seen them… and you will want them! 🙂
  • In the meantime, check out her free gift with $75 purchase HERE.


INK ON 3


ALTENEW

  • The wonderful folks of Altenew made a direct donation to hurricane relief. Please be sure to check out their weekend sales HERE.


UNITY STAMPS


KAT SCRAPPINESS


CONCORD & 9TH

  • Stay tuned… Concord & 9th has something in the works to support relief efforts. So excited!
  • In the meantime, check out their sales and deals HERE.


EVELIN T DESIGNS


INK BLOT SHOP


31 GIFTS

  • My dear friend Tina Schrof is donating 20% from each her sales this weekend to hurricane relief.  Everyone who purchases will be entered for the hostess dollars! Shop HERE.
  • The fall catalog just linked and they have awesome new items for crafters!
  • THIS is the bag I use for crafting on the go. Perfect for coloring materials!


UNITY STAMPS

  • Details coming soon!!! Check back.


MARKER UNIVERSE

  • Marker Universe is donating 10% of sales from 9/6/19 to 9/8/19 to hurricane relief! Shop HERE.
  • Be sure to check out their amazing selection of markers. Their site is gorgeous!


SCRAPBOOK & CARDS TODAY

  • $2 from every Scrapbook and Cards Today purchase from 9/6/19 to 9/13/19 will be donated to hurricane help. Yay! Head over HERE.
  • This is a great magazine and I am always impressed what their team does to make our crafting community better!

 


THE GRAY MUSE

  • The Gray Muse have a 20% off sale through 9/11/19 with the code “VACATION20”. Also, get a FREE pin with every order! I love her pins and stamps. Shop HERE.
  • They will also be donating 10% of net profits  for all of September to Hope 4 Hopetown – a great group already bringing relief. Shop HERE.


A JILLIAN VANCE DESIGN

  • 15% of sales on all orders placed from 9/5/19 to 9/15/19 will be donated to relief efforts. Shop HERE.
  • Jillian is donating to Global Empowerment Mission. This group is already on the islands and taking action!


MINT OWL STUDIO

  • Mint Owl is donating 20% of their sales to the hurricane relief until 9/13/19. Shop HERE.
  • Mint Owl will be back soon with a new release! They took some time off to have TWO babies. Can’t wait!


KELLER’S CREATIONS

  • Keller’s Creations will be donating 10% of sales for one week to hurricane relief. Shop HERE.
  • There are many great scrapbooking products (and stamps!) on this site. Visit HERE.


www.thehedgehoghollow.com/shop–

  • A portion of all sales this month will be donated to the relief fund. Shop HERE.


JENNIFER MCGUIRE INK — I will be donating 100% of my affiliate earnings for the weekend of 9/7/19 to YachtAid Global. This means more money is given!


Thank you!


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25 thoughts on “Crafty Hurricane Relief Efforts – PLEASE READ”

  1. Hi Jennifer!

    This is so amazing! One of my dearest friends lives in Freeport and he’s been telling me about the flooding and the missing bodies on that island. I’m grateful he’s ok but the hurricane left a nightmare. Thank you for helping pull all of this together! ♥️

    Hugs,
    Pat

  2. Hello Jennifer,
    I just want to say THANK YOU for including Samaritan’ s Purse in your list of stellar organizations to donate to. They were on the ground in the Bahama’s almost immediately with shelter, water, food and an entire portable medical facility. They are one of the most reputable, financially responsible, compassionate, diverse and quick responding organizations in the world. Many years ago I worked with them for 2 yrs in South Sudan, and I’m currently working with them in Alaska at their program for wounded veterans and their spouses. All donors can be assured that their donations will be used responsibly and compassionately.

  3. You have the biggest heart, Jennifer. Your kindness is contagious! Thanks for your steadfastness in sharing God’s love, your amazing talents, and your passion to give back. 💗💗💗

  4. Thank you , Jennifer, for all you do to encourage and inspire this crafting community. Thank you for pulling all these efforts into one place for us to easily find and check-in with the latest news. Every little bit helps a lot! Together we can make a huge difference!
    So let’s get to it, friends! Make as generous a donation that you can to your favorite relief organization and then spend a little more on some new supplies and share your encouragement with others!!

  5. Jennifer, you make a difference in many ways. Thank you for suggesting reputable relief agencies. It makes giving a pleasure. God bless.

  6. You have such an amazing impact on us on a daily basis, and you never fail to impress or amaze me with your kindness and generosity. Thank you so much for putting this together. Hopefully we can help a difference in our own small ways.

  7. I follow you every day for art inspiration but you are a inspiration for humanity and kindness as well! Thank you for compiling this list and helping to fund the relief effort! I cannot imagine the horror of what these people have gone through but it is wonderful to know in this world today that so many people really do care!

  8. Thank you for writing this blog post. It’s been many years since my husband and I traveled to the Bahamas in our boat but I’ve never forgotten the wonderful people and the beautiful islands.

  9. Wow. I have been following you for quite some time and your loving heart, faith, and inspiration have always shined through. But this…is amazing. I believe God puts us in positions to be helpful and be his feet on the ground – your dedication, giving spirit, and wonderful connections you have made through your art community have made all this possible. I cannot even imagine the number of hours you are spending on this. God Bless you – and Yes…I will be donating. Thank you for all you are doing.

  10. Much love and blessings to you Jennifer, my thoughts and prayers are with those affected and I hope to be able to support through shopping so thanks for the links!

  11. Jennifer, thank you for including our efforts in your list and for your kind words. Together we build and grow in this great community! Prayers for everyone in Bahamas.
    ~ Catherine, Owner
    Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine

  12. Thank You for putting this together & keeping needs in our minds to help & pray for those affected. Than you for your love put into action!

  13. You have the biggest hearts. One of the many reasons I love to follow and support you for years now. I shopped using your links and really appreciate the time you took to do this. I hope many give in any way they can. Either by donating directly or by shopping. Love to you and your family and to the great companies who are rallying to help those affected.

  14. Thank you so much, Jennifer, for doing this, for making it so easy for us crafters to help. I want to especially thank you for doing the research for us, for letting us know which organizations are worthy of our donations in this particular case.
    You are an angel — in every sense of the word. May all the kindness you send out into the world return to you tenfold.
    With appreciation and affection
    Caroline

  15. I just donated to Yacht Global. What a cool concept for relief and I never would have known about them had it not been for you. Thank you

  16. Thank you so much for the blog post and information. I keep checking back daily to help support those who are running special promotions for those impacted by the hurricane.

    I wanted to let you know that Purple Onion Designs has a special collection of stamps with 100% of the proceeds going to the recovery effort. I believe it goes through the 15th. Just came across it today.

    Thank you again for being such a shining star and example for all of us! 🙂

  17. Dear Jeniffer
    You are a wonderful person. Thank you for painstakingly compiling the list amidst your busy schedule. I bring prayers and love to all affected from Sri Lanka. I am on a tight budget this year but sure will purchase sm stuff to contribute to your efforts. When you have time pls explain how affiliates work so that i can do it.
    Your videos are great i hv learnt so much and your blog is on my quick links so that i can put a peep to your blog when i am tired while working. Love and blessings to you and your family.

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