Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Help Haiti

I will justify my purchases in numerous ways, most commonly with excuses such as "I'm supporting small/local business," or "I'm stimulating the economy." This way, I don't feel bad about not saving my money (and plunge the country into a recession? How selfish) or giving it to charity.

With the tragedy in Haiti comes a new excuse to buy things I don't need. Many etsy stores and other artists and crafters around the world have donated their products to the Haitian cause, with proceeds going to charities. I am now having an internal debate about whether I should just give more money straight to charities instead of buying things but...damn. I feel a bit like one of those wankers who attends charity balls that cost hundreds of dollars a ticket.

Well, ignoring the ethical dilemma for a moment, here is some stuff you can buy to support the Haiti cause:

"Plum Mums Album" via Indie Fixx's Haiti Relief Fundraiser Auction (actually, don't buy this one, it's an auction and I don't want you to outbid me). Despite the cringeworthy name (Plum Mums???) I think it would make a nice album for my sister's Kitchen Tea that I guess I will have to organise.

Needle felted flying pig from the Craft Hope etsy store, which is giving all proceeds to Doctors Without Borders in Haiti (although, shouldn't they be called MSF in Haiti? Wasn't it a French colony?)

This photo by Brisbane photographer Jonas Peterson is for auction (with a slew of other photos by various photographers) at Switch Cities. Proceeds go to the Global Giving charity's Haiti Emergency Water Relief project. Again, I'm bidding on this so can you bid on something else? I am just putting a little version of the picture so you won't think it's very nice. I really love this photo and would want to buy it even if the proceeds weren't going to support Haiti. Heck, I would probably buy it even if the proceeds were going to a 60s tobacco company CEO.

"Hamsters" (subtitled "I lift you high to show you the world") via the etsy store Hearts for Haiti.

If you don't want to buy shit (or even if you do), just donate here. Or here. Or both. You'll feel good.

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