I belong to the Completely Pointless and Arbitrary Group on Ravelry.com. It is mostly completely pointless and arbitrary except when bad things happen to good people and they group rallies around to support their fellows. Besides personal help and the spreading of mojo, prayers and good vibrations for the group participants, certain CPaAGers wanted to reach out and help with the Haitian recovery efforts.
With the disaster in Haiti on everyone's mind and feeling the need to help in some way - KnittyBe dreamed up an auction to raise money to help.
Artists of every kind are donating their wares. Knitting to order, already knit items, home-made canned goods, jewelry, art, fictional writing as well as many lovely stash enhancers are being auctioned through the weekend to help raise funds for various charities that are helping the devastated in Haiti.
How it works: The offers have been made and the hosts have put them into a bidding order. Each offer is posted and bids are accepted over a 2 hour period. (Check post 2 in the thread to see what is coming up when). The offeror suggests a charity - like the Red Cross or Doctors without Borders or some such. The winning bidder than sends the bid amount to the charity. Sends a receipt for that donation to the offeror. The offeror then sends the item(s) won to winner!
Winners all around! Go check it out.
If you are a Ravelry member, check out the Auction and join the bidding war for these lovelies. DigitalDurga's homemade goodies fetched the record bid so far - $170.00!
If you are not a member of Ravelry, this is the perfect opportunity to join!
I have no funds to help and offers have been closed at this point. My participation includes cheering on the bidders and sending YOU to the group to join the fun and help as you can.
Because of the overwhelming success, and because more help will be needed with the news stories cease to fill our airwaves, this charity auction will become a monthly event for a while. If you are flat broke (like me!), remember to come back around Valentine's Day for the next auction. Offers are already coming in for that!