First and foremost, THANK YOU to all of you who responded to my “Haiti Relief Support – Call To Compassion” post. We had over 1000 comments in less than 24 hours… unbelievable! I am hearing reports back from other Food Bloggers who have raised thousands of dollars doing similar efforts on their blogs as well – amazing. A special thank you to everyone who tweeted, posted to Facebook, and emailed their friends and family about this campaign.
What’s happened in Haiti is so tragic; words cannot express the impact and range of emotions I have been feeling, and I know I’m not the only one. On a positive note it has been wonderful hearing accounts of massive global support pouring into relief agencies. However, the civil unrest which is unfolding as we speak is getting rather tense. Because there is no government infrastructure in place, relief agencies are having a difficult time serving those who need it the most. Please continue to support Haiti with positive thoughts, prayers, and financial support.
Without further due – The winners of this giveaway are:
Cheryl from Texas – “Thank you so much for contributing to the relief efforts in Haiti. Our hearts go out to all of Haiti as their suffering is incomprehensible…..Compassion International or Doctors Without Borders.”
Dee– “Partners in Health (PIH) — an organization doing wonderful health care work in Haiti — has been given a matching grant by an organization called Angelwish. Angelwish will double your contibution to Partners in Health for the Haiti relief effort if you contribute through the Angelwish website. I have just spoken with the Development Office at Partners for Health and they confirm that Angelwish is genuine, and has indeed offered them the matching grant. They therefore encourage people to make their donations to PIH through Angelwish at http://www.angelwish.org/.”
Because Cheryl chose 2 relief organizations, I sent $250 to each one she listed. Although Dee mentioned PIH.org’s matching grant through Angelwish.org, I just felt more comfortable donating directly to Partners In Health. All 3 donations have been made. Realistically, I know it’s just a drop in the bucket, but when millions of people help, those little drops add up quickly. And if you are not aware of this, Visa and American Express are waiving their fees to relief agencies during this time.
It’s a beautiful thing when people use their talents and influence to bring awareness to the recovery efforts happening right now in Haiti. I would like to bring attention to some other Food Bloggers creatively raising support through their blogs.
Marc of NoRecipes.com is donating his ad revenue for the month to Haiti Relief Efforts. Basically, all you are being asked to do is to click through their recipes/posts. For more information and a list of other bloggers participating or if you are interested in joining his campaign, click here for details.
Lauren of CeliacTeen.com is putting together an E-Cookbook with 100% of the proceeds to benefit the Haiti Relief Effort. For more information or if you would like to contribute to her E-book, details are here.
Julie of DinnerWithJulie.com is also putting together Blog Aid and will be producing a published cookbook with recipes from your favorite food bloggers. 100% of the proceeds will go to Haiti, which the Canadian government will be matching! For more information on this project, you can click here.
**UPDATE** The Blog-Aid Cookbook is on sale! It has already raised over $20,000 in its first day of release. Click here for more information.
Shoe of ShoeCakes is doing a virtual bake sale for Edmonton residents and a comment drive. Details are here.
Please consider supporting these campaigns and organizations.
Thanks again for partnering with Savory Sweet Life, it has really lifted my spirits.