Like just about everyone else on the planet, I have been watching the events in Japan with horror and with that feeling of helplessness that one feels when watching devastation happening thousands of miles away.
After reading an article from a reliable source that cautioned against rushing to send dollars to organizations not ready to receive them, I have waited a bit before responding in that way. In the meantime, I learned about this:
One person with an idea - that's all it started out to be. A Japanese American ceramic artist, Ayumie Horie, decided to ask some of her artist friends to donate pieces for an ebay auction and she, in turn, would donate the proceeds to Global Giving, which supports grassroots organizations in the stricken areas in Japan. She was joined by two other friends and now there are hundreds of items made by artists and artisans from around the world that will be auctioned off starting tonight at 8 p.m. EST. It will run until March 27th. You can preview the items here.
I am fairly certain that Ayumie had no idea that her impulse to help would become so huge, but sometimes a good idea has legs.