March 16, 2011

Wake Up Wednesday

This week's challenge is one I've been thinking about a LOT.  We all know what has happened in Japan.  It's easy to skip over the details sometimes or to disconnect yourself from it.  It's painful to watch and I think when you see what is really happening you feel sad and helpless.  But, we really can help in a lot of ways.  Maybe we can't fly over and help, but I believe our donations really can make a difference.


It's also easy for me to say, "You should donate."  However, I wanted to do something that would require more from me - a greater contribution.  I wanted to think of something that would help make it easier for you to give.  So, here is my idea.  I have a new pattern that I've been preparing to release.  It's this bag.  I made it a few weeks ago and I get compliments on it wherever I go.  I'm calling it the Tohoku Tote because that's where all the profits will go.


Here's how it'll go.

1) You can pre-purchase the pattern by donating $8 or more to a humanitarian aid program. 

2) E-mail me to tell me you've donated and that you want the pattern.  It's iammommahearmeroar[at]gmail[dot]com.  If you want the pattern you must e-mail me, because leaving a comment here won't always give me your e-mail address.

3) I will e-mail you the pattern and tutorial when it's completed next week.  The pattern will contain a full tutorial with picures, making it easy for even the beginner.  It will also have a second look - a different bow option.  It will come as a PDF file.

4)  I just added this, bue to questions I've been getting.  If you want to spread the word bout this on your own blog you are more than welcome to.  I am happy to give the pattern to as many people as possible. 

That way you'll know that 100% of your funds will be going to help.  I will really only be using the honor system - trusting that you've made a donation when you send me your e-mail.

So, essentially this week's challenge is to give to a humanitarian program to help those in Japan.  If you're not interested in a pattern that's fine.  You can still give.  It's just my way of making it easier for you to give.  Here are two options.  Donate to the Red Cross HERE.  I donate through my church because they have an amazing humanitarian program with less overhead than other organzations.  You can donate there by clicking HERE.

Last week's challenge was to do something for a family member that they don't enjoy doing.  My husband is awesome.  After dinner he always gives the boys a bath.  He doesn't mind doing it, but when he works really late sometimes he is exhausted and just wants to relax.  He came home really late one night, so I did the baths and didn't complain about him being late.  I had plans to do something more grand - like unclogging our nasty shower drain, but unfortuntely he beat me to it.

How did the challenge go for you?

61 comments:

  1. I have a question...I donated Monday by txting Red Cross (9099). Will that still count or does it have to be today onwards? I don't want to be a cheater.

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  2. GREAT idea! And the bag is TOO cute--can't wait to make one :)

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  3. Cheri,
    Thank you for your kind help for the people of Japan! I donated to Samaratin's Purse.
    And I am praying. I am heart-broken for these precious people.
    Yvonne

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  4. what a great way to help! I donated $57 to Global Giving yesterday. That was before your generous pattern offer. That was all we could spare for the moment, but I hope to be able to give more!

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  5. Excellent-its amazing to see people's generosity at such a time. There's lots of people on Etsy giving proceeds to Japan. "we're interdependent".
    Numbers14

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  6. What a generous act. I hope it motivates many to give. I just sent my donation to Red Cross. Thank you for your kindness and I love the pattern!

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  7. I inadvertently did the challenge last week. DH and I were going to put our house on the market (until we got the market analysis back and saw how little our house would go for) so we've been doing lots of touch-ups and finishing up little projects. So I helped him a lot during the day with getting things done, like painting trim, and packing boxes, and general cleaning. He was very appreciative.

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  8. Thanks for doing this Cheri! The bag is adorable! I had been meaning to donate for the last few days and keep forgetting but this was the push I needed! I'm going to do it through LDS humanitarian aid, I am so proud of the church's system!

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  9. I did it earlier this morning to the LDS Humanitarian Aid effort. I hope this creates a lot of buzz and motivates people to donate and DO something!

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  10. Donating through LDS Humanitarian Aid. Thanks for providing a great way to help!

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  11. I've linked up with you today and I'm directing everyone your way!
    I'm excited for my purse pattern and I'm excited for your ingenuity!
    What a great way to help bless this devastated area!
    Thank you for helping me find a way to contribute ;)
    Biz

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  12. I love this idea, I am going to donate, and pass this info on. Thank you!!

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  13. You are so awesome! No wonder you are one of my favorite blogs EVA! I will definitely be donating!
    The bag rocks too:)

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  14. Thanks for the extra incentive. I linked to your post today and will be donating as well.

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  15. What a great idea. I know that the missionaries from my in-laws church sent out a link. I will have to see if I still have it so that I can donate directly to them as they recover their church facility.

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  16. I just wanted to comment about last week. Last week was the first time I found your blog and the first wake up Wednesday that I did.

    I was trying to think outside of the people I live with and remembered that my sister-in-law (who is pregnant) hates, hates cooking dinner for her family. So I got the dinner all put together and took it over to them. That day she had been to the dr. and put on bed rest.

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  17. Thanks for doing this! I emailed you already about my donation, but I just wanted to let you know that I put on link my families blog. Hope that's ok!

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  18. Thanks for the wonderful incentive. I too kept forgetting to make my donation. Thank you also for the info on LDS Humanitarian Aid-I have seen this organization mentioned on quite a few blogs and I'm glad I looked into it. I made my donation today.

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  19. Thank you for doing this, amazing! I donated as well through your link today. I know all of this will go a long way.
    PS. Your bag is stinkin adorable!

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  20. I am going to share this post with everyone i know. Thank you!

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  21. I had donated this morning through the Japanese Red Cross. After seeing this post I donated again through B'nai Brith who also provide disaster relief and humanitarian aid.

    http://www.bnaibrith.org/latest_news/JapanEarthquake031111.cfm

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  22. Wonderful idea Cheri! :)

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  23. Wow, that is so awesome! I just donate through the LDS church as well, they do a very good job, I know because I was there when the Hurricane was about to hit Belize and hit Honduras instead, the Church just send and helped so much needful things. Thank you, could I link you up in my blog so more people can donate as well?

    Ah, and I love your bag, it is co super cute!!

    www.jonesfantastic4.blogspot.com

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  24. I just donated to the American Red Cross. Thank you so much. You have a kind heart. Respectfully,
    Christie(dot)stoops(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  25. On sunday I will be donating at our church!! I love this idea!

    last week I cleaned the bathroom for my hubby! I hate doing bathrooms so that is his official house job every week. he didn't notice that I got done! but i new it did! thanks for all the challenges!!

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  26. good idea - I've donated to the red cross and look forward to a (guilt free!) bag pattern!
    Every time I use it I will remember to stop moaning about our weather and be grateful for my (relatively) easy life.
    fee x

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  27. Wow, you are amazing! Thank you so much -- I will be donating through LDS humanitarian aid on Sunday, so I'll send you an email once I actually do it. I'll also be posting about this on FB and my blog. Bless you!

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  28. let me start by saying, i am your biggest blog reader, but i guess i'm sort of creepy as i never add comments. I didn't realize how much of a stalker that makes you look like, however, you're apart of my daily routine.

    This post is fantastic! i featured you today and am sending everybody your way. keep doing what you're doing because it's pretty amazing.

    Stacey@Maple Bacon & Beavertails
    http://maplebaconbeavertails.blogspot.com/2011/03/have-you-checked-out-cheri.html

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  29. I also donated to the Humanitarian Aid efforts through my church. Such a good idea! You give some, you get some!

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  30. You are so inspiring! I think it's great what you're doing. Sometimes we need a little push to help out and that bag is super cute! I can't wait to make one.

    I featured you today!

    http://ypboutique.blogspot.com/2011/03/help-japan.html

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  31. Great idea! I plan to help w/ the church's humanitarian program too. Thanks for helping-- it is just breaking my heart what has happened. I love your cute blog :)
    and yay- for boys!- I have almost 4 of them :)

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  32. Thank you for this! I was going to donate anyway and you inspired me to take action!
    I donated through American Red Cross via www.Amazon.com as they have a cool button on the home page. REAL easy if you have an account already!

    Thank you for the WAKE UP!

    Wendi
    www.project-purple.blogspot.com

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  33. What a wonderful, giving idea you have come up with. We have been talking about doing something but this is just the push to get it done! We're giving through a local wonderful organization ISOH. They are taking sushi rice in bags, first aide kits, and over the counter medicines as well as $ donations. My husband is stopping on his way home today.
    Thanks!! Love your blog...

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  34. I donated through the LDS church. I think you are fabulous!

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  35. I am loving your blog, and your idea was an inspiration to me. I will donate through the LDS church, and I decided to offer my readers the same kind of challenge (I linked to you of course). You have a lot of readers, and you have used that power to make a big difference. Thank you for the inspiration.

    http://www.teaching-children-music.com/2011/03/for-japan.html

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  36. Great idea! We also give through the Church's Humanitarian program. It is amazing what they do there! I also wanted to thank you for all these Wednesday idea's. They have really helped me to think outside of myself a little bit more!

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  37. Zena - I'm fine with you counting that. You just need to send me an e-mail so I can send you the pattern. Thanks!

    Cheri

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  38. Hello. I just found your blog through The Mother Huddle. I think I will be spending a bunch of time here checking things out! What a generous offer of you, to give people a gentle push/reminder to donate. It was just the reminder I needed-I sent you an email. Thank you!
    -Vanessa

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  39. I donated to the Red Cross--what a terrific way to help, great idea!

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  40. This is totally awesome! I just donate some money and I'm telling all my friend this too so we can all help. I already got 3 of my friend to donate!

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  41. ***** FIVE GOLD STARS FOR U ***** U really put the words to my feelings here, disconnected cause its so painful to watch. I need to really think about a way to donate. I promise I will.

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  42. I donated money & featured you on my blog today. Adorable bag! Can't wait for the pattern!

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  43. Thanks so much for this!

    I also posted on a plethora of lovely Etsy items for which the proceeds benefit Japan disaster relief. See them here:

    http://www.modernparentsmessykids.com/2011/03/fresh-finds-etsy-japan-relief-items.html?showComment=1300462302862#c6819228075888712550

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  44. What an awesome idea. Thanks for giving me the extra push to go do it right now...i keep meaning to and forgetting! Thanks a bunch! (donated to LDS humanitarian relief)

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  45. Wow. You are fantastic!
    We will be donating this Sunday to the LDS humanitarian fund.

    barbara (dot) ence (at) gmail (dot) com

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  46. Thank you so much for doing this. I have a close connection to Japan and people that have been affected. My sister and her family livein Tokyo and I lived in Sendai for a year and a half. My heart has been broken for the tragedy and grief that they are dealing with. It is difficult to watch a place that I once lived in and loved so much be destroyed so quickly. Thank you for taking steps to helping! We will be donating to the LDS Humanitarian Fund. I would love to use your bag pattern and make some to send over there to maybe send something bright to the women who are only seeing darkness. They really do need so much help. A girl I know there said that it is freezing, there is no food, no water and no fuel and the destruction is just overwhelming! Thank you again for helping them! maggie.strebel@gmail.com

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  47. Thank you SO much Cheri! The people in Japan desperately need our help and this is such an awesome way to inspire people to give. My heart goes out to the many children and families that have been affected by this horrific disaster. We donated $50 through the American Red Cross.
    Thanks again for you humanitarianism. I will be posting this on my blog and facebook to help spread the word.

    huskerkarlen1 (at) gmail (dot)

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  48. This is a great post!
    PS. there is no overhead with the LDS humanitarian fund they donate 100% :o)

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  49. Thanks for doing this! We donated to the Red Cross last Sunday. Look forward to the pattern. The bag is cute.

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  50. you are amazing!!!! Thank you!!!!!!!

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  51. Another GREAT organization to donate through is
    http://www.crashjapan.com/
    Check it out.

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  52. Thank you for doing this! I love the idea and posted your link on my facebook page so my friends could see it and donate too! You are an inspiration!!!

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  53. Such an inspiration to help others all the time, thank you. This was such an amazing idea.

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  54. I donated to through LDS humanitarian services, before I even knew about this. My heart is so heavy for all those in Japan affected by the tsunami. They are in my prayers. :)

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  55. I guess I should have left my email address with my comment.

    ericwin99atgmaildotcom

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  56. Is this offer still available? I'm always late to any cause

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  58. just donated through your church, I pray the people of Japan find some comfort in the love and generosity from other who care around the world!

    Thank you Cheri for giving us this chance to show that!

    Also I love your work, so creative and adorable!

    God Bless,
    Deanna

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  59. I just found your blog and I love it!! can I still donate money and get in on this adorable pattern?? please let me know! (of course i will still donate anyway..)

    walker.jessicaleigh@gmail.com

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  60. I just found your blog (through Pinterest, of course!) and was wondering if this pattern is still available. I'm also interested in the version 2 bag. If they are available for purchase I'd be willing to pay and you could donate the money to your church for any current needs or donations they may be making.
    Looking forward to hearing from you and hopefully getting some super cute bag patterns!

    Courtney

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