On Gratitude

Love and Gratitude 8x10 print

Love and Gratitude by The Wheatfield

Something I’ve been fortunate enough to never have to experience firsthand is a natural disaster. Wisconsin has it’s share of tornadoes, but never around where I live. So in the 25 years that I’ve been around, I haven’t had to uproot my entire family. I haven’t had to rebuild. I haven’t had to pick and choose between which belongings I would take. I haven’t had to find a place for me or my husband or my pets to stay to wait out a storm. I haven’t lost a family member, or a pet, or anything that truly matters in the grand scheme of things. And for that, I am incredibly grateful.

But gratitude isn’t always enough for me. My gratitude doesn’t help those that are in need or have had to do (or are currently doing) the things I’ve been fortunate enough to miss. It doesn’t buy back the furniture (or home) that they lost or replace a loved one. It doesn’t make the rebuilding process any easier or any quicker. It doesn’t take back what’s been done or what will come. It doesn’t do anything for anyone else other than myself. It may make me a better person as a whole, but I want to do more.

I want to extend my gratitude and make sure that there is something to show for it. I want to do what I can, even from my comfy home in Wisconsin, even if it is miles away and isn’t necessarily the helping hand I’d like to use to rebuild a neighbor’s wall, or clear away the trees that have fallen on cars.

So now through at least the end of next week . . .

50% of proceeds from both shops will be donated to Red Cross Disaster Relief

PLUS

50% of all design/consulting packages sold will be donated as well

So if you’re in the shopping mood and want to get something for yourself (or get a head start on Christmas shopping), now is definitely the time to buy so you can help out someone in need! Check out After Nine To Five for your home decor needs, the Gnarly Whale for your vegan bath and body products, or the design/consulting page for more information on how I can help you with your blog or shop design needs.

And if you’re looking for even more ways to help, check out the list of other blogger/handmade shop owners who are looking to help out those that have been affected by Sandy:

If you or someone you know is also donating a portion of your proceeds to Sandy relief and would like to be included in the list above, please let me know! I’d love to include your blog or shop in the list above.

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Comments

  1. AWESOME. Every little bit helps. I was just saying today that even though we get tornadoes here I’ve never experienced one, I have no idea what it can feel like to have a natural disaster ruin my life. It’s horrible.

  2. Hey Ashley!

    I’m giving ALL proceeds to those affected by hurricane Sandy. I’d love to be included in the list. :) :
    http://papaisapreacher.blogspot.ca/2012/10/go-away-sandy.html

  3. So very sweet of you! I will be tweeting about this to help raise money.