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Vespertilion
03-16-2011, 11:09 AM
Hi folks,

Odd thread title, I know, but it's both exactly what it says and probably not what you're thinking. I don't have any published books or ARCs or anything to donate for auctions to help support the relief effort in Japan, and I already gave what loose money I could. What I have is a pretty good supply of pressed pennies.

So I'm selling them--at their regular price of $10 for a set of three coins--and donating the $10 to Direct Relief for Japan (http://www.directrelief.org/EmergencyResponse/2011/JapanEarthquakeTsunami.aspx). The $1 S&H will cover my listing fees and the mailing.

~edited to remove dead link and pic~

MacAllister
03-16-2011, 11:22 AM
This is a lovely idea, Clovia! We just sent most of our discretionary funds to a children's relief group, but I'm gonna sticky this thread so it's easy to find later, too.

It's sounding like people there are going to be needing help for a while.

Vespertilion
03-16-2011, 11:26 AM
Thanks, Mac :)

Vespertilion
03-16-2011, 11:45 PM
Sold three sets already!

Thanks for all the retweets and linkage.

brainstorm77
03-17-2011, 01:25 AM
Great idea! I retweeted and placed the link on FB.

CACTUSWENDY
03-17-2011, 02:19 AM
I just ordered two sets. What a wonderful idea. Thank you for the chance to help. These look so neat.

Williebee
03-17-2011, 02:27 AM
coolness!

Vespertilion
03-17-2011, 02:33 AM
Thanks so much, Brainstorm and Cactus Wendy :)

I'll update in here with totals if I get a lot of takers.

AWers are amazing.

ETA: and Williebee!

brainstorm77
03-17-2011, 03:56 AM
I'll look into ordering tomorrow, my mother would like them.

Anaquana
03-17-2011, 09:15 AM
I posted the link both on my FB and Twiitter. I have a couple friends who would definitely be interested in these. :)

CACTUSWENDY
03-17-2011, 07:11 PM
BUMP......

regdog
03-17-2011, 08:17 PM
Do you have to be a member there to buy?

Vespertilion
03-17-2011, 08:47 PM
If you prefer not to register at Etsy, I'll be pleased to do a paypal transaction through my website's email address.

(If you have a paypal account, you can tranfer money directly to someone else through their email.)

Paypal just makes it easier for me, so I have all the monies in the same account, and can just pour it directly into the donate button.

Thanks for the question.

CACTUSWENDY
03-18-2011, 12:56 AM
BUMP

Vespertilion
03-18-2011, 03:12 AM
If the $10 pricepoint is a problem, I can offer single-coin necklaces on rattail cord for $5 apiece, too. One penny of your choice, drilled at the top, and whatever color/length of rattail cord you like (I have lots of colors.)

Vespertilion
03-18-2011, 06:50 AM
$115 so far :)

CheekyWench
03-18-2011, 06:56 AM
You rock socks, madam.

Lyra Jean
03-18-2011, 07:09 AM
marking for hopefully a later buy if you don't sell out and if I can get them. They look really cool. I collect pressed pennies and my local Christian radio station is doing nada for Japan which made me upset to the extreme as they went weeks raising money for Haiti.

Vespertilion
03-18-2011, 07:16 AM
Don't worry--I have lots. I ordered a big first roll back when I designed them. If by some miracle I happen to run low, I'll post here, and people can rep me to put some aside for later.

Nick Blaze
03-18-2011, 12:28 PM
I've donated $1,500 already, but I like this idea quite a bit.

regdog
03-18-2011, 03:31 PM
If you prefer not to register at Etsy, I'll be pleased to do a paypal transaction through my website's email address: clovis at coppercamel dot com.

(If you have a paypal account, you can tranfer money directly to someone else through their email.)

Paypal just makes it easier for me, so I have all the monies in the same account, and can just pour it directly into the donate button.

Thanks for the question.

I do have a Paypal. Thanks for the info. :)

Vespertilion
03-19-2011, 10:38 AM
A small pile of storycards waiting to be folded. These have a little about each design inside.

Vespertilion
03-21-2011, 01:59 AM
Does anyone have any suggestions for me about how to promote this better?

I'm on twitter, but people are getting tired of retweeting, I think. There's a ton of stuff for disaster relief on Etsy, so mine doesn't stand out. My website gets zero traffic, and I'm not on facebook.

What do you think?

raburrell
03-22-2011, 07:03 AM
Just got mine in the mail tonight!! The designs are so pretty, and they really stand out on the pennies :) I'm thinking they'd look really cool in a shadowbox of some sort, or a deep frame on a black background. Have the perfect place in mind...

Thanks, Clovia!!

Fullback
03-22-2011, 02:58 PM
I just noticed this noble thread.

I live 93 miles south of the nuclear plant on the news. I gathered up and delivered baby formula, diapers and water into the heavily damaged areas just north 45 minutes north of me soon after the area, but ran out of gasoline to make any more trips, We won't be getting gas for another week or so.

Every day, the TV is filled with excruciating stories of people searching for wives, husbands, siblings and children. Just a few minutes ago, I watched a ceremony held in a junior high school that's being used as a shelter. The people moved their belongings over to make space so the the kids could have their little graduation ceremony. The school year runs from April to March in Japan.

I watched a father accept the certificate for his son who died in the tsunami. He held the boys photograph and fought hard to accept it with dignity. I lost mine. I'm a grizzly, fifty-something curmudgeon, and I have tears in my eyes from watching.

There are over 20,000 people gone, each one a story. Hundreds of thousands of families lost everything - they're homeless.

Thanks you for the effort you've put into this.

regdog
03-22-2011, 06:32 PM
Does anyone have any suggestions for me about how to promote this better?

I'm on twitter, but people are getting tired of retweeting, I think. There's a ton of stuff for disaster relief on Etsy, so mine doesn't stand out. My website gets zero traffic, and I'm not on facebook.

What do you think?

Do you have a blog you can promote it on? I just started one and would be happy to promote it on mine if you like

Vespertilion
03-22-2011, 07:42 PM
Do you have a blog you can promote it on? I just started one and would be happy to promote it on mine if you like

I don't have a blog. I signed up for livejournal once, but ended up not having anything to say.

I'm truly grateful for any help I can get--I have enough of the coins to add up to a nice donation if I can just find enough interested people with the $5 or $10 to spare.

Thank you :)

regdog
03-22-2011, 09:27 PM
Happy to do it

TADA::: I have a blog (http://pointlessponderables.wordpress.com/)

CACTUSWENDY
03-22-2011, 11:23 PM
I got mine today. W00t! they be cool.

Very nice indeed. I love your camel art work.....that is soooooo cute.

Thank you again for this opportunity to get these.

Vespertilion
03-23-2011, 02:28 AM
Many thanks to regdog, tirial, and vfury for taking their own time and space to help me promote this. And everyone who keeps tweeting it for me.

You're all marvelous :)

dystophil
03-23-2011, 07:36 AM
Hey everyone!

Just wanted to drop by and let you know that I got my set (thanks for the super-fast shipping!) and love it!

I already bought other jewelry from Clovia before and absolutely adore her amazing work, but this project is just a great idea - thanks so much for doing this!

Will keep spreading the word :D

Thanks!

CACTUSWENDY
03-24-2011, 05:43 AM
BUMP

regdog
03-25-2011, 10:55 PM
Got my pennies today. Love them, thanks muchly :)

Vespertilion
03-29-2011, 05:52 AM
Just posted a payment of $150 to Direct Relief for Japan, as far as I can tell solely from wonderful AWers. The donation tracking number and email from DRI are available if anyone would like to see.

Thanks so much for all your help thus far :)

regdog
03-29-2011, 04:00 PM
:partyguy:

CACTUSWENDY
03-29-2011, 07:10 PM
COOL!


It's still never too late to buy some I bet......

Vespertilion
03-29-2011, 07:40 PM
Never too late :D

The sets will be available in my store indefinitely, clearly marked for Japan disaster relief.

MaryMumsy
04-02-2011, 02:49 AM
Got mine today. I opted to get all three, drilled and on cords, as necklaces. Lovely. Good work Clovia.

MM

Vespertilion
04-02-2011, 03:19 AM
Yay! That's all my AWers, then :)

Thank you.

Vespertilion
04-12-2011, 07:25 AM
Thought you all might like to see one of the updates I've gotten from DirectRelief, explaining a bit how the donations are being put to use.



Dear XXXX:

This note is to express deepest thanks again for your generosity and to explain how your contribution to Direct Relief is being used to help people in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami one month ago.

Your generosity has made a critical difference to Direct Relief’s emergency response, which already has enabled basic emergency aid to reach thousands of people displaced from or still living in the hardest-hit areas.

In the first days after the quake and tsunami, Direct Relief formed an alliance with the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL), the oldest Asian American organization in the U.S. The two organizations established the Japan Relief and Recovery Fund with a clear-cut policy that 100 percent of donations will be used only for Japan and with a particular emphasis of assisting people who are most vulnerable in the crisis, including persons who have disabilities or are elderly, because of the special challenges they face.

This joint effort, including your donation, has allowed rapid action to assist in immediate humanitarian needs and also to establish greater coordination among local Japanese nonprofit organizations providing critical services as Japanese national and local governments struggle to meet demands on an unprecedented scale for the country. Over 200,000 people remain in shelters or in homes without running water or electricity in areas where nighttime temperatures are near freezing.

Over $1.4 million—56 percent of the funds that have been received to date—have been granted over the past month. Direct Relief and JACL joined with faculty from Meiji Gaikuin University to identify gaps and provide a transparent, coherent, and efficient structure for local Japanese nonprofit organizations to receive financial support for on-the-ground activities.

The following six organizations have received funding to initiate, expand, or continue essential services:

Association for Aid and Relief Japan (AAR Japan), a 31-year-old leading Japanese nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that launched relief efforts immediately following the earthquake and tsunami. AAR has delivered food, six tons of water, 3,200 liters of kerosene, 3,400 sleeping bags, warm clothes, and hygiene supplies to 20 care centers. AAR has assisted more than 15,000 people in the affected areas, particularly the elderly and disabled.
Japan NGO Center for International Cooperation (JANIC) is the coordinating body for groups responding to the disaster. Support will help ensure that NGOs working in the affected areas can be as productive as possible in providing assistance to people in need.
Service for Health in Asian and African Regions (SHARE) is sending a team of doctors, nurses, and logisticians to the Tohoku International Clinic and operating a mobile clinic in areas where all health facilities have been destroyed. The SHARE team will re-establish a visiting nurse care center in Kesen Numa City, home to many elderly people who have remained in their damaged homes.
Shanti Volunteer Association is transporting relief supplies to remote and scattered evacuation centers in Kesen Numa City, providing hot meals for people living in and out of evacuation centers, clearing debris from homes, and transporting people to bathing areas.
Shapla Neer is operating in the area immediately south of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor where other NGOs aren’t working. It has partnered with the local government to establish the Iwaki City Nakoso District Volunteer Center, where the district’s response is coordinated with local government entities and nonprofit groups. Shapla Neer will match volunteers with people in need and establish a volunteer intake system. A well-coordinated and supported volunteer center is vital to guarantee that no person in need is overlooked.
Japanese International Volunteer Center (JVC) is launching a nutritional support program to bring vegetables and other food to distribution sites, supplying displaced people with nutritious food while supporting local farmers. JVC is also matching volunteers with people who need assistance.
The recovery in Japan will take time. Direct Relief and JACL share an ongoing commitment to assist local Japanese groups helping their communities recover, especially those serving the most vulnerable people affected by the earthquake and tsunami.

Your personal involvement and generosity has translated directly into each of the activities noted above and will continue to assist people who have experienced a profound tragedy and face severe challenges in the months ahead.

Thank you again for what you have done to help people in Japan during their critical hour of need.

Direct Relief International
(805) 964-4767

P.S. For expanded updates on the Japan response and Direct Relief’s efforts in the U.S. and more than 70 countries, please visit www.DirectRelief.org (http://dri.convio.net/site/R?i=26kWX2lPUbaxeJDVQTgaHQ..)

Little1
04-12-2011, 03:09 PM
*hugs* good idea Clovia. It is so heart braking to see the continuing tragedy in Japan :(

Vespertilion
05-16-2011, 09:34 PM
I renewed the listing.