It would be an understatement to say that I, like the rest of the world, am deeply saddened by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The news was especially difficult since that beautiful country was my home from 2002-2003. Thankfully my friends and their families are all safe but my heart goes out to the many in need of help.
I have decided to create a special edition of Anselblue Design Studio’s flying bird illustration into a wooden ornament. “Little Suzume” will be painted white with a red sun and kanji that reads “Help Japan” in black. “Suzume” means “sparrow” and sparrows symbolize hope and renewal of life.
Each “Little Suzume” will cost $10 each and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross and their efforts to help those affected by the Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami. I hope to have them available starting the first week of April. In the meantime, you can donate here for Red Cross Japan relief.Remember, when considering a donation to any charity, always do your homework to make sure that the organization will use the donation money properly. Charity Navigator has an insightful and in-depth article about this plus extensive information on how individual charities spend their monies.