Really--it only makes sense that a post about donating for Japanese relief would be kicked off by a donation print.
For a week now, Japan has been struggling to cope with the aftermath of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that killed nearly 6,000 people, injured over 2,000 and separated 9,500+ from their loved ones. As if the burden of the lost, hurt and dead wasn't enough, of the living roughly 4.4 million households have been without electricity and an estimated 1.5 million are without water. Oh, and their nuclear reactors are in danger of getting out of control, too.
In short, this is a country in dire need of help. And if you can, you totally should help. In fact, here's a handy little list of organizations that are willing to take donations so they can help Japan. But if you're feeling a little too financially strapped to shell out a donation, don't sweat it. There are ways you can help the people of Japan, if you're not afraid to be a little creative.
See, the notable thing about today's post is that these items have been donated for fundraising for the people of Japan; not for person profit. Mind you; they're just a small sampling--check out the Etsy search for yourself--but these are from sellers that I've featured on here before. And I think that definitely earns them some recognition.
Crafts2Cherish offers up the proceeds of this sweetly simple cream-colored angora beret, via group Europe for Charity.
Meanwhile, Honey Pie Headbands are donating all the proceeds from these adorable hairbow headbands to the Red Cross.
And as for this last one, well...I admit it; I've never featured this shop on here. But even so, once I saw this, I knew this post wouldn't be complete without it:
Yes, it's a ninja keychain. But it's not just any ninja keychain; it's a glow-in-the-dark keychain. You can't beat that.
But in all seriousness, Internets, Lilley is giving 50% of all of their ninja sales to Japanese relief efforts, and they've got a lot of ninja things, so you should go and check them out.
In the end, I guess what I'm trying to say is that it doesn't matter how you help others, what matters is that you help. So, please help.