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Hearts for Haiti: Etsy Sellers Do Their Part

Jan 29, 2010

by Alison Feldmann

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Haiti’s horrifying earthquake has left near-apocalyptic devastation in its wake. It’s hard not to feel helpless while reading about the endless loss, the dire situation and the scale of reconstruction efforts to come. Many Etsy sellers have graciously opened their hearts by sharing their their skills and earnings for charity. One of the more ambitious collective shops is HeartsforHaiti. More than twenty sellers are running the operation and countless others have donated their work to the shop.

Here’s our interview with Victoria, a.k.a. exlibrishandmade, the organizer behind HeartsforHaiti.


How did HeartsforHaiti come to be?
On Wednesday night, so completely saddened and defeated by the tragic earthquake in Haiti, I was trawling the internet and reading horrific accounts of the devastation. Having no money to donate, I was feeling helpless and desperate to do my part. I thought about how I might be able to use my craft to help but realized quickly that I couldn’t make much of an impact on my own.


I remembered hearing of charitable Etsy shops and headed over to the Forums to see if there was anything starting up. Though lots of people were talking about ways to help I didn’t see anything about a dedicated shop, so I started a new Forum thread. The response was immediate and incredibly inspiring. So many amazing people stepped up to help in all of the many ways that were needed and throngs of Etsy sellers offered up amazing items. I got swept up in all of the camaraderie and the amazing spirit of charity, and before I knew it I was well on my way to opening a shop!
 

[Our Hearts are With You Haiti Poster by JackandJenn]

 

 

 

How does HeartsforHaiti work?
It may sound corny, but Hearts for Haiti is truly run on 100% volunteer love. Donations are sent to a central email account where one of our four inbox volunteers are always available to field them. From our inbox, donations are sent to our many listing volunteers, who in turn add them to the shop. The secret to the success of this system is that we have volunteers all over the world and in very different time zones. We’re able to cover things pretty much around the clock without anyone losing too much sleep.

We generally have at least two people in the shop throughout the day to handle a constant stream of Convos. One of our volunteers handles all of the shipping notifications for sold items and others work on leaving feedback for buyers. We keep it all together by communicating regularly via Skype, email and Forum threads. It’s really been a remarkable act of community, with all of us learning the ropes together and achieving something truly amazing.
 
How can Etsy sellers get involved?
I want to stress that, though I wrote that first Forum post and am ostensibly “in charge,” Hearts for Haiti is really a collective of many Etsy sellers. There are currently 20 sellers who are working together to run the shop, many more who are lined up to help and who are doing an amazing job promoting the project, and countless sellers who have donated so generously.

 

[Drawing for a Cure by prettylittlethieves]

We will continue to accept donations indefinitely and Etsy sellers can go to our Shop Policies for guidelines on how to donate. We are featuring heart items until Valentine’s Day but will accept donations of any sort.  We’re also looking for more sellers to help with listing, answering Convos, writing on our blog, leaving feedback for buyers, and many of the other day-to-day tasks of any Etsy shop.
 
What charities does the money go toward?
100% of proceeds, after Etsy and PayPal fees, are sent to Doctors Without Borders (Medecins sans Frontieres). To date we have raised over $21,000 for this amazing organization!

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Who are the sellers donating items? Are they from all over the world or just specific Etsy teams?
Over 2,500 items have been donated by generous Etsy sellers from more than thirty countries around the world. We include the donating shop’s name and location at the top of each listing and we always have fun seeing which items come from where. Any Etsy seller is welcome to join in.


[Felted heart by SandhraLee]


At what point does the project end?

We have not boxed ourselves in with a specific date. The need in Haiti will be ongoing. We will ride the waves of this adventure and reevaluate our effectiveness periodically.
 
How would you sum up the project?
Hearts for Haiti is about community. It’s about using what we’ve got to help our neighbors in need. It’s a way to give back. It is an opportunity for someone who doesn’t have the funds for a monetary donation to use their skills to knit a cowl, piece together a quilt, hammer out a bit of copper into a bangle, or to buy a lovely bit of handmade or vintage, and open their hearts for Haiti.
 
Any final thoughts?
None of this would be possible without the amazing and unique global community that was already in place at Etsy. Thank you!

Once an aspiring librarian, Victoria has combined her love of books with her love of fabric and stitching to create cloth books, quilts and appliqued art for children and adults in her Etsy shop, exlibrishandmade. She lives and works in downtown Albany, New York with her partner and two kids.

 

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181 comments

  • CarefullyCurated

    CarefullyCurated said 7 years ago

    This is so amazing! Go Etsians. When I next upload pieces I plan to include one or two to support this project. It's so nice to see that out of overwhelming tragedy there can come support and creativity. :-) I also appreciate that the project has no specific end date - Haiti needs help for a long time to come.

  • caseysharpe

    caseysharpe said 7 years ago

    I am so proud of everyone participating in this. You really give the human race, Etsy, and crafters a good name. And you encourage the rest of us to be more socially responsible, to do our parts, because we'd be complete cads not to.

  • FamaraDesigns

    FamaraDesigns said 7 years ago

    Good work for Haiti. I did my part too. ♥ For Haiti

  • exlibrishandmade

    exlibrishandmade said 7 years ago

    Awesome, Alison--thanks so much!!! ♥ Victoria

  • thisilk

    thisilk said 7 years ago

    Good going! I hope this will be super successful! They will be needing funds for a long time in order to recover!

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    proving again - we can each do our part to make a difference! thank you to victoria and the volunteers who are making this happen!

  • shannondzikas

    shannondzikas said 7 years ago

    These are beautiful items and I wish these sellers big success. If anyone is looking for a Valentines gift, these hearts are extra special!

  • timesandchimes

    timesandchimes said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful article on Hearts For Haiti! I am honored each day to be a part of this amazing team of Etsians! We put our hearts into the shop daily and the return has been phenomenal. Thank you, Etsy, for the feature! xoxo

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 7 years ago

    This is so amazing!

  • Sybillinart

    Sybillinart said 7 years ago

    I was so happy to be able to donate this way and I also purchase few items; I also discover fantastic new shops; And I am proud of the work you did and you do all together to help Haiti...

  • sweetcarolinadesign

    sweetcarolinadesign said 7 years ago

    What a great showing of support within the Etsy community! Makes me proud to be a member here!

  • BeadsInTheBelfry

    BeadsInTheBelfry said 7 years ago

    what a wonderful community within a community! Thanks for being awesome Victoria and crew!!!

  • exousia

    exousia said 7 years ago

    Wonderful stuff. My offer for help still stands. I will too continue to donate to the shop until you guys are done! It still would be nice for etsy to waive the etsy fees for charity.

  • ArtByAmarose

    ArtByAmarose said 7 years ago

    There is a great range of prices for beautiful items so everyone can afford to contribute. Every penny counts!

  • FiveSparrows

    FiveSparrows said 7 years ago

    Great article! Great shop! It is an honor to be a part of this community-both with the shop and the wider etsy community! and so glad we can be helping Haiti!

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 7 years ago

    I am so proud to be a part of Etsy, such a loving, giving, brilliant community, thank-you.

  • CheapBoutique

    CheapBoutique said 7 years ago

    HeartsForHaiti.etsy.com Currently raised for Doctors Without Borders (after fees): $21,463.76 at 10:55pm EST January 28th 2010

  • cindylouwho2

    cindylouwho2 said 7 years ago

    thank you for featuring the shop! Victoria and the other lead volunteers have just been incredible throughout this time. And thank you to every Etsian who has participated in some way!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    Great article - so good that we can help.

  • Aquanetta

    Aquanetta said 7 years ago

    so many wonderful and kind sellers on etsy :)

  • SimplyInvitingCards

    SimplyInvitingCards said 7 years ago

    I am proud to have been able to donate to HeartsForHaiti and look forward to donating more. This collective has done a WONDERFUL job with their shop!

  • babinka1981

    babinka1981 said 7 years ago

    This is so amazing!

  • RunzwithScissors

    RunzwithScissors said 7 years ago

    I'm so glad Etsy decided to continue the Haiti fundraising effort with this article. The need is so great, and will continue for a long time to come. I'm so humbled to be among such dedicated volunteers, and such generous donors. Some of their donations leave me awestruck. You can view a video of the inflatable hospital that Doctors Without Borders have set up. http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/article.cfm?id=4235&cat=video Our donations help make such emergency help possible.

  • HeatherLeyhDesigns

    HeatherLeyhDesigns said 7 years ago

    Thanks Etsy & TeenAngster for featuring Hearts for Haiti. Victoria - great interview! Hearts for Haiti buyers, sellers, volunteers - Rock on!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 7 years ago

    THank you for doing this wonderful thing for Haiti:) I will continue to give my strands of Rouge necklaces for as long as the shop is open! XoXo Poppy

  • vintagebybrianne

    vintagebybrianne said 7 years ago

    Gosh, this is really inspiring. My heart is in Haiti right now and I've been brainstorming ways to help with the devistation relief, and ta-da! I came across this article! It's important to remember that the UN early estimates are that its going to take over a decade for Haiti to rebuild itself and get back on it's feet (not that it was an amazingly infrustrcterally strong country to begin with). My prayers and thoughts are with the Haitian people. kels

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    OMG that's an incredible amount! yay etsy!

  • Handamade

    Handamade said 7 years ago

    I'm proud to donate one of my collection. This is great idea!;D

  • fuzzygrapefruit

    fuzzygrapefruit said 7 years ago

    This is fantastic! I'm also proud of Craft Hope for Haiti http://www.etsy.com/shop/crafthope Keep up the great work, everyone!

  • MintyFreshFusions

    MintyFreshFusions said 7 years ago

    Yeaaa! I was Googling blogs about the shop and stumbled in here! I see so many familiar names in the comments and article above that are people I have SO much admiration and Etsy love for due to their contributions to this shop, donating and/or volunteering to run it! As soon as they're done refinishing our floors and we get to move back into our house and I have my studio back I'll be back to donating more!!! Monday, I hope! Lovin' you Victoria, and all the volunteers! You ROCK!

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 7 years ago

    good work for Haiti.

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 7 years ago

    Way to go!

  • FancyPantsAndMore

    FancyPantsAndMore said 7 years ago

    I have been honored to be able to donate to this shop and cause and I am happy that I am in turn able to also purchase. The love, sweat and tears that have gone into this collective is mind boggling. Thank you ladies for all your efforts and tremendous work and thank you too Etsy for this article. Let us not forget in the weeks and months ahead because this is going to be a long and much needed cause, now and in the future.

  • DesignedByLucinda

    DesignedByLucinda said 7 years ago

    Thank you for giving HeartsForHaiti such nice publicity, Etsy! Haiti needs our help and together we can all make a difference. Here's to hoping HFH can break $25K over the weekend!

  • ElenaMary

    ElenaMary said 7 years ago

    What an inspiring effort ..Etsy pulling together to make a difference..I have been buying and selling through Hearts for Haiti..I initially supported Direct Relief International but this on-going effort is truly worthy of everyone's support! Look for some charming vintage Haitian designs on greeting cards that are listed in the card section of Hearts for Haiti shop. I made prints of the originals created by Haitian artists ..they depict a Haiti of past times.

  • flahwiz

    flahwiz said 7 years ago

    Kudos to all of the Volunteers! Truly amazing feat accomplished in such a short time. Etsy Community at it's BEST!! My heart goes out to all of Haiti!

  • anadiazarte

    anadiazarte said 7 years ago

    Yes, we can make the difference, let's support HeartsforHaiti.etsy.com

  • lynncyrart

    lynncyrart said 7 years ago

    What an amazing team effort... I loved reading all about this charitable shop on Etsy so much, that I just submitted my own item as a donation!! I'm really excited to be a part of this!! Now it's time to go shop their shop! :)

  • allisonmooney

    allisonmooney said 7 years ago

    Thank you to all the volunteers for all your time and hard work!!

  • AFineDistraction

    AFineDistraction said 7 years ago

    To Victoria and all the volunteers for the Hearts for Haiti shop, what a fantastic job you have all been doing! I was amazed at how quickly donations are listed and how quickly correspondences are answered. I've watched as the shop just continues to grow. Thank you so much for all the hard work! What an amazing labor of love!

  • TheArtOfJoy

    TheArtOfJoy said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! Thanks for all the hard work!

  • FableBay

    FableBay said 7 years ago

    FableBay donated two items to HeartsforHaiti, which listed the first day. Victoria was amazing to work with, and has been so committed to curating this shop. I have been so impressed with seller response and support, and with buyers too. The ladies who purchase my items were fantastic, and have been a true blessing to work with, and have returned to my shop as well. This is a great shop with an amazing purpose. great job!

  • AngelEllie

    AngelEllie said 7 years ago

    I'm so glad an article was written about Hearts For Haiti and for all those who are volunteering and donating items..it's truly amazing!

  • ArzuMusa

    ArzuMusa said 7 years ago

    What an inspiring effort.. These are so beautiful items and I wish these sellers big success... Thank you...

  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 7 years ago

    I am honored to be a part of the community! Thank you so much for those who make this project possible, volunteers, donating shops and buyers :) I hope it will give some relief to those in need.

  • greencouchdesign

    greencouchdesign said 7 years ago

    I love this! HeartsforEtsy is such an amazing statement to the generosity of this community we call Etsy! You are all amazing!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 7 years ago

    fantastic work! thank you to all who are supporting, in their many varied ways, the devastated people and animals of Haiti and the hope for a better future :)

  • ornamentsbydeb

    ornamentsbydeb said 7 years ago

    I am truly humbled by the awesome dedication of the Hearts for Haiti team and by all who have donated and purchased items. I am proud of my daughter, Angie, who has dedicated so much of her time for this worthwhile effort. It is truly a labor of love! A heartfelt thank you to all of you!

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 7 years ago

    I admire what this group is doing! I especially like that the work is 100% donated, that they've followed the TOU by getting permission from their charity, and the choice of Doctors Without Borders is thoughtful and admirable, too. This is authentic outpouring of heart energy.

  • cutiepiecompany

    cutiepiecompany said 7 years ago

    Yay, thank you for publishing this! Victoria and everyone else at Hearts for Haiti has been truly wonderful and kind, and are doing an amazing job!

  • jackandjenn

    jackandjenn said 7 years ago

    Thank you so much for featuring an image of our "Our Hearts Are With You, Haiti" poster in this post. We are so honored and humbled to have been recognized alongside all of these wonderful people and groups. Congratulations to Victoria and Hearts For Haiti on all of your accomplishments thus far, it is incredible what 'strength in numbers' can do. Keep up the good work to all of the generous [and fabulous] Etsy-ers!! We actually blogged the other day about the handmade response from the Etsy community following the earthquake.. please check it out at http://jackandjenn.blogspot.com/2010/01/handmade-help-from-heart.html jack + jenn

  • stockannette

    stockannette said 7 years ago

    Way to go, donators AND buyers!

  • KattyKinns

    KattyKinns said 7 years ago

    Wonderful stuff, I'm so happy to see the wonderful sellers on Etsy doing their part for the cause :)

  • VintageScraps

    VintageScraps said 7 years ago

    Can't believe how you girls have kept the shop going! I'm so glad it's doing so well. Thanks for all your work!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Good for all you Etsians. On my blog my husband wrote a post about being in Guatemala when 28,000 people died in one day. His stories are horrific at best. We sent aid directly, as he also knows how watered down donations get. Keep it coming Etsy.

  • baahar

    baahar said 7 years ago

    Wonderful items those thoughtful sellers are donating. I recently read an article about spamming in the comments here, but still want to risk it to promote my give away for Haiti :) http://www.baahar.net

  • RedRavenStudios

    RedRavenStudios said 7 years ago

    This is truly remarkable. I am so proud to be a part of the Etsy community!

  • BonTons

    BonTons said 7 years ago

    Doing an amazing job Thank you

  • elSage

    elSage said 7 years ago

    So inspiring, it is wonderful to see this community band together. I love that you are supporting Doctors Without Borders too, such an incredible organization.

  • FruteJuce

    FruteJuce said 7 years ago

    The sales from the hearts for haiti shop have been amazing. I am proud to be part of it and in fact etsy.

  • ginpins

    ginpins said 7 years ago

    Many thanks to those who have helped make the Hearts for Haiti shop such a success --- including those who operate the shop, the sellers who generously donate items and all the wonderful buyers. I'm honored to have had the opportunity to help via donation and be part of the fundraising effort :D

  • noellecarr

    noellecarr said 7 years ago

    Glad to see Etsy sellers helping out. Here in Connecticut many artists (including me) have donated work to heART for Haiti, with 5 galleries showing work this weekend with 100% of proceeds donated to Save the Children to benefit Haiti. Check it out http://www.facebook.com/pages/Noelle-Carr/254688154660

  • CLineCreations

    CLineCreations said 7 years ago

    This has been an amazing and inspiring effort by so many people, and I'm glad to be able to be a a part. Also, crafthope.etsy.com is raising money and donating to Doctors without Borders as well -- I've been able to find wonderful items in both shops!

  • whitecarnation

    whitecarnation said 7 years ago

    It's good to see people working together to help! I'm working on some things to donate to the shop-- and I've decided to always dedicate at least 20 percent of any sales towards humanitarian aid- I know it's not too much, but to do Something is a step in the right direction!

  • YourTime

    YourTime said 7 years ago

    I want to say, Victoria is amazing, and so are the volunteers staffing the shop. It's incredible that with so many listings and sales, I still got confirmations from them within the hour, every single time each of my donations sold! What a wonderful set of people!!!

  • theLostEarring

    theLostEarring said 7 years ago

    I hadn't heard of this shop. Craft Hope is a great shop too :) Keep up the good work!

  • Tias

    Tias said 7 years ago

    I was amazed how quickly the shop got set up and how patiently Victoria and the team worked on it. I donated one of my necklaces in a first week and I remember waiting for over half day for it to be listed. And it's not because they were taking breaks but because they had so many donation and they all had to be listed. And there was still great communication and support on forums and quick responses on convos. I really admire what you've done!

  • lorenaferreira

    lorenaferreira said 7 years ago

    Wonderful people, wonderful initiative and an urgent cause..thank you for letting us help..I think the least we can do is donate our work and time.

  • SimplyNaif

    SimplyNaif said 7 years ago

    I like what she says about not having put a fixed date to end it, because, being half Haitian and having family affected there, knowing Haiti and its challenges even before the earthquake, it is true that it is and will be an ongoing operation for a long time. Thank you Victoria for doing this. Thank you to the volunteers.

  • SimpleTastes

    SimpleTastes said 7 years ago

    I've been following Victoria and this shop ever since that first forum post. It is AMAZING how big this project has gotten and I admire all of you that are working so hard to keep it going. I continue to believe that "by small and simple things are great things brought to pass". :)

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 7 years ago

    I've both bought from and donated to this fabulous shop and fully appreciate all the hard work undertaken by the wonderful group of volunteers to keep the project going. If everyone on Etsy either bought or donated a single item just think how much Etsy love we could send to the devastaded island of Haiti. I'm proud to be part of it & relieved to no longer feel helpless in the face of such a huge problem.

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 7 years ago

    Thank you for honoring generous sellers this way, and for giving the proceeds to a worthy cause!

  • PaintedMemoriesByRos

    PaintedMemoriesByRos said 7 years ago

    Wonderful idea! Congratulations on the amazing contributions! I've both bought and donated items. Let's all help to keep it going in any way we can. Thanks for doing this Victoria and team!

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 7 years ago

    Thank you for honoring generous sellers this way, and for donating to such a worthy cause!

  • lovestruckbaby

    lovestruckbaby said 7 years ago

    What a great story on the shop!! I wish every one of the faces behind Hearts For Haiti could be posted on here, because they are truly awesome people!

  • WeeSparrow

    WeeSparrow said 7 years ago

    I'm so thrilled to see how successful Hearts for Haiti has been. My first contribution won't be my last!

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    The group of sellers that put this together are incredible! xoxo to all of you!

  • seedsandbeads

    seedsandbeads said 7 years ago

    This article is so great! It was only a matter of time before this shop was recognized:) Just the feeling of making something for someone that donated to a fantastic cause, its abslutely amazing. Wait to go Hearts for Haiti! And to all the wonderful shops that donated! It feels so good to be apart of something so immensely selfless. <3

  • crochetgal

    crochetgal said 7 years ago

    Thanks Etsy for raising the awareness of this wonderful shop. It just goes to show that Etsians from around the world can band together for a common cause. Way to go Hearts For Haiti! I'll continue to be a strong supporter.

  • uncommonvintage

    uncommonvintage said 7 years ago

    I'm so happy to see this wonderful shop featured. To all the volunteers who are helping to run the shop, thank you for all the many hours of hard work and time you've contributed. I'm gathering more vintage pieces to donate soon and I adore the copper bracelet (shown above) that I purchased through the shop.

  • Emariecreations

    Emariecreations said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful thing to do! Every little bit helps,and I know that your efforts will be greatly appreciated!

  • lainedesign

    lainedesign said 7 years ago

    Thank you to all for the shops involved for your hard work and self sacrifice!!

  • SimplyFrenchDesigns

    SimplyFrenchDesigns said 7 years ago

    Thank you Victoria and all the others behind the scene sending emails! Great Job!

  • caelum

    caelum said 7 years ago

    This is such a wonderful idea. My experiences with they shop as both a buyer and a donator have been nothing but wonderful! Thank you for all the hard work and for making it so easy for sellers like to me to give back.

  • heavensentcrafts

    heavensentcrafts said 7 years ago

    This has been wonderful to donate to. You all have made it so easy for all of us to help. Thanks for all you are doing!

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 7 years ago

    Thank you for blogging this!!! Thank you all you amazing people volunteering (i don't know how you are doing it) your time to list and keep this shop going! It feels wonderful to give!!!

  • charlottahamilton

    charlottahamilton said 7 years ago

    It feels good to be doing ART for Haiti...and there are so many Crafters,Artists and Handmade makers out there doing their part...I guess it's the one thing as an artist we can give whole heartedly! WAY to go HEARTS for HAITI!

  • paintingpam

    paintingpam said 7 years ago

    What a great spirit of unity. I wan to donate one of my products. Going to read about it!

  • greeniemarie

    greeniemarie said 7 years ago

    What an awesome way to make a difference! <3's for Haiti is a very cool thing!

  • Mindielee

    Mindielee said 7 years ago

    It's such a privilege to be able to donate to this site! And I'm awed by what an incredible job the volunteers are doing to keep the site going! Thanks so much to everyone who has already participated and those who haven't yet but will be!

  • beadinbythesea

    beadinbythesea said 7 years ago

    I was proud to donate an item to the shop and plan to do it again very soon! I am amazed at the outpouring of love, money and compassion coming from our Etsy community. Way to go Hearts For Haiti!

  • spirithorseherbals

    spirithorseherbals said 7 years ago

    Thank you thank you thank you! So honored i could be a part of such an amazing effort. The more who can join the better! These ladies running this shop ROCK! Kudos.

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 7 years ago

    What a great idea....thanks for all your hard work & dedication from all over the world!

  • visionquest

    visionquest said 7 years ago

    i am thirlled to be able to help by donating items.. but this wouldn't have come together without the "behind the scenes" volunteers- so a big THANKS goes out to the HfH support team XOXOXO

  • aubepine

    aubepine said 7 years ago

    Such a great example of what people can accomplish when they work together... Thank you to the awesome HFH team!

  • HideaHeart

    HideaHeart said 7 years ago

    Thank you for providing this opportunity to be a part of making a difference.

  • DanaLaymon

    DanaLaymon said 7 years ago

    yay i'm so glad they featured the shop. it takes a lot of work to keep that thing going!

  • localcolorist

    localcolorist said 7 years ago

    Thank you to all the volunteers who contribute to Hearts for Haiti, an international effort that hopefully will continue for a long time. Haiti will need support longer than any of us can imagine.

  • nikkicandles

    nikkicandles said 7 years ago

    This is fantastic. I love this shop and so happy Etsy is giving it some publicity. Haiti is no longer the main story in the 10pm news but people are still struggling, digging out, surviving and looking for the basics in life. It will take years to rebuild. I heart Hearts for Haiti!!!

  • oui2reveille

    oui2reveille said 7 years ago

    What can I say? You have all been a part of this for awhile and it is amazing to see how your love is being distributed. Congratulations to your effort!! Let me see what I can do!

  • PrintablesShop

    PrintablesShop said 7 years ago

    I donated an item to this shop and was amazed at the incredible organization in place - post new items, notify the seller when an item has sold, and relist the item. With thousands of listings donated to this shop, the task seems daunting but the volunteers are doing an amazing job keeping this running.

  • pchevaliercollection

    pchevaliercollection said 7 years ago

    Haiti is going to need help for a long time. I am amazed with the help coming from Etsy. I have family there and I thank you all for what you are doing.

  • zinablt

    zinablt said 7 years ago

    I have found a great little statue of a proud lady sitting on her donkey. come to my site and see her. zinablt.etsy.com "Great Grandma's Attic.

  • CrochetRUs

    CrochetRUs said 7 years ago

    I am so proud to call myself an Etsian!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    Very cool!

  • ZenGarden

    ZenGarden said 7 years ago

    The grand thing about this is that those without funds but who have Goods can contribute. The marvelous buyers donating their funds have made that possible. Great job, great article.

  • natureseason

    natureseason said 7 years ago

    Thanks for making it possible for the sellers to contribute our bit and the buyers for purchasing our products for a good cause! So thrill to get a chance to be involve in this project. Keep it up, HeartsforHaiti!

  • purposedesign

    purposedesign said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this article!!!! I have donated to and bought from this shop and I am so proud of how everyone is coming together for this cause! <3

  • sharonclancydesigns

    sharonclancydesigns said 7 years ago

    How lovely! My heart is with the Haitians. This is awesome!

  • DIVINEsweetness

    DIVINEsweetness said 7 years ago

    Love this article.. will visit this shop

  • 3littlebirdsboutique

    3littlebirdsboutique said 7 years ago

    I am just amazed at the hard work being done by this group of women, by all of the generous donations, and the endless stream of buyers...let's keep this going for a long time!

  • JenEcklundDesigns

    JenEcklundDesigns said 7 years ago

    I donated a necklace to Hearts for Haiti and it sold! I was so excited I had them relist it. I'm hoping for one more sale (or maybe more!). It feels wonderful to be able to donate to such a worthy cause. Just wish there was more we could do...Hats off to the team behind this and all of their effort.

  • Horticopia

    Horticopia said 7 years ago

    I loved being able to donate a few items to this amazing shop & humbled at how quickly they sold. The volunteers were awesome to work with. Keep up the good work ladies!!

  • purpleandlime

    purpleandlime said 7 years ago

    it' been such a great experience to get to donate! thanks for being awesome : )

  • WickedDarling

    WickedDarling said 7 years ago

    Thank you Hearts For Haiti! This wonderful group has worked so hard to make this a reality. They never stop! I have also donated and purchased items. We need to remember that this will be an on going cause. So donate! Purchase! Support!

  • JaniceCordeiro

    JaniceCordeiro said 7 years ago

    A great endeavor. I'm also like to thank all the people who donated outright to the Haiti relief effort. That money made a difference immediately.

  • VickiDianeDesigns

    VickiDianeDesigns said 7 years ago

    Thank you Victoria and ALL helping with this fundraising ! I have donated and hope MANY many more do. Our hearts go out to the tragic country.

  • RedFenyx

    RedFenyx said 7 years ago

    Thanks to Victoria to let us joining this cause!

  • terrasanta

    terrasanta said 7 years ago

    Cross Necklace produced in the Holy Land Necklace made of stunning gold and silver http://holylandprayers.net/ or http://terrasanta-products.com/

  • coolstuffforsale

    coolstuffforsale said 7 years ago

    Victoria and team have done such a great job with this shop! I was happy to give a lot of my leftover inventory too so others could enjoy my creations!

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 7 years ago

    I have donated only recently and am happy that it sold quickly and the money is going to a good cause. Still looking for more to donate. Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers in charge of this.

  • cynmb

    cynmb said 7 years ago

    Excellent article! Well done to all the volunteers who have done brilliantly so far in running HeartsforHaiti.

  • HeathensHearth

    HeathensHearth said 7 years ago

    Wow... what an amazing thing to do! So glad to see so many sellers rising to the occasion.

  • etincelledesign

    etincelledesign said 7 years ago

    such amazing work ! i hope all the donations are now getting through and the airports accessible * check up on the progress of situations around the world on the medecins sans frontieres here http://www.msf.org/

  • mkdesigner

    mkdesigner said 7 years ago

    I'm so very proud to be a tiny part of this much needed venture by purchasing and donating items. It gladdens my heart to see so many Etsians banding together to help Doctors Without Borders.

  • JudysDesigns

    JudysDesigns said 7 years ago

    The power of one is amazing. My appreciation for Victoria's vision and the wonderful group of artists that make up etsy. They rallied to the cause and made it happen. They continue to work diligently. Haiti needs help; Doctors without Borders is an established chairity in Haiti (19 years I believe). I am so proud of you all. I am a huge fan of the shop and enjoyed having a small part. Thank you Etsy for the article. We worked hard to get the word out and you have the ability to help even more.

  • ThePinkDillo

    ThePinkDillo said 7 years ago

    I'm familiar with the shop and bought some beautiful earrings this week. I think it's amazing and wonderful at how many sales and how much money has been raised in only a short amount of time! I also plan on donating some cards and tags and hope to get those together this weekend - whatever I can do to help in my own little way. :) I think it's a great thing these sellers are doing - thank you so much for all you are doing to help out Haiti and for making it easy for the rest of us to help as well!

  • pixestreasurechest

    pixestreasurechest said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this great article! And thanks to all the great people doing all the behind the scenes work! I find it amazing how one community can rally together to assist another community with such powerful results! Etsy rocks!

  • VellumCreations

    VellumCreations said 7 years ago

    Great idea to help Haiti!

  • pinkpoppystudio

    pinkpoppystudio said 7 years ago

    I am honored to have donated some of my handiwork to Hearts for Haiti & to have treated myself to some beautiful wares from other etsy artists at Hearts for Haiti. The etsy community rocks!

  • FruitsOFtheBLooM

    FruitsOFtheBLooM said 7 years ago

    I am thrilled this shop was started by Victoria, supported by the work of so many talented Etsians, and very happy to be able to donate items so that I can help Haitian's in some small way. Plus, it's just plain fun engaging in a group activity for such a great cause!

  • maggiesuedesigns

    maggiesuedesigns said 7 years ago

    I love the item I purchased from the Hearts for Haiti shop and I'm thrilled that all four of the items I donated sold quickly. THANK YOU to Victoria and her team of volunteers for their efforts!

  • ChickadeeGems

    ChickadeeGems said 7 years ago

    Since I am a student with lots of bills, I don't have much cash left over to donate. I was able to donate a pair of earrings that sold - it was so nice to be able to do a little something when I don't have the money to donate. Thanks so much, Victoria and all the other etsy sellers who have participated in putting this together!

  • VeryCarey

    VeryCarey said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this opportunity to donate. And thanks to all who are working behind the scenes to make it happen.

  • elliven

    elliven said 7 years ago

    I'm so very proud of all of the Etsians who donated and who are running the shops for the donated items. I'm thrilled to have been able to help out by donating an item, such a great cause! Cheers!

  • nacyanne

    nacyanne said 7 years ago

    Thank you Victoria for starting all of this you are an inspiration. And to all of the behind the scenes volunteer, you are awesome, I could not believe how quickly you all loaded items into the shop that first day. As someone else said you all rock! I am so happy to have been able to make a donation.

  • bellasparty

    bellasparty said 7 years ago

    Amazing work!

  • VeraidaGifts

    VeraidaGifts said 7 years ago

    I think that all of us have to help. I am new to Etsy, but I want to donate my first sold item to Hearts for Haiti. Hey, new sellers, let's support and donate!!!

  • ANursingReminder

    ANursingReminder said 7 years ago

    It is truly remarkable how every little bit helps. Thank you for putting this together, and it just goes to show you that we CAN make a difference! And Congratulations, $21,000 is not a small number!!!!

  • 9108designs

    9108designs said 7 years ago

    What a great interview, and nice to put a face to a name :) Hearts for Haiti is just incredible, and completely addictive! It's so thrilling to donate and shop and support such a great need. Blessings to all who set up the shop and have helped with this effort. Haiti now carries a special place in my heart :)

  • LorienGrace

    LorienGrace said 7 years ago

    this is wonderful!

  • ajoeynamedroo

    ajoeynamedroo said 7 years ago

    I'm so excited to see that the shop will continue indefinitely. A huge thank you to all the faces behind the scenes who are keeping this shop up and running; it's been an amazing experience as a seller and buyer for HfH!

  • gardengatebath

    gardengatebath said 7 years ago

    I have bought and donated from this fabulous shop. It is such a great idea. Thank you to everyone who has donated and to the calumniators for all of the hard work and hours that have gone into it!

  • Nyblaque

    Nyblaque said 7 years ago

    I love HeartsforHaiti! I promote them as much as I can..and have donated several items and plan to donate more in the future. But the BEST part is seeong all the love of the Etsy community pouring in..I've never seen anything like it..it's just...wow! It feels soooooooo darn good to know we are helping to make a difference right from our own homes. OMG .i won't tear...(sniff) ..tooo late lol! GoHeartsforHaiti!!!!!

  • MetroGypsy

    MetroGypsy said 7 years ago

    Great to see it continue to do so well!

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 7 years ago

    This is a wonderful way to help support the people of Haiti. I've donated to Hearts For Haiti and it's a great way to help. I'm also working with other Etsy shops on Handmade For Haiti. We have a list of 145 Etsy shops who are contributing proceeds from their shops to help Haiti. http://www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=6404143

  • nezoshop

    nezoshop said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this GREAT IDEA and thanks for all the hard work!... Heart for Haiti http://www.etsy.com/treasury_list_west.php?room_id=85113

  • jenAitchison

    jenAitchison said 7 years ago

    Great article! Thank you to all of the volunteers running the shop!!!!! I have donated from my shops and it was easy to do, thanks to all the hard work and organizations of the people running the shop! :D

  • ihatebandages

    ihatebandages said 7 years ago

    i want to do something to!

  • DistressingDelilah

    DistressingDelilah said 7 years ago

    I have an aceo I am selling as a limited edition! Haven't sold any yet, but ALL proceeds are donated when and if I do!!!

  • JanetMillerDesigns

    JanetMillerDesigns said 7 years ago

    Check out my 'Hearts for Haiti' item listings - 100% of the profit goes to Haiti, and on all other items 25% will be donated:)!

  • contempojewels

    contempojewels said 7 years ago

    Great cause and kind hearts, this is amazing!

  • FoodForHands

    FoodForHands said 7 years ago

    I just bought a shirt from HeartsforHaiti! What a wonderful group of people

  • MrFilthyRotten

    MrFilthyRotten said 7 years ago

    I donated vintage heart shaped baking pans and they sold w/n a day! Shipped out and now I'm getting ready to donate another item. Victoria, thank you for the opportunity : )

  • Babouches

    Babouches said 7 years ago

    I was in the same desperate situation, asking myself how I can help? I just found my answer. Thank you so much.

  • millcreekcollection

    millcreekcollection said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring

  • wildwildthings

    wildwildthings said 7 years ago

    What a great idea! I think everybody should do their part to help out =D

  • Jessina

    Jessina said 7 years ago

    this is really really amazing, it reminds us how everyone is tied together by art no matter where you are :)

  • chocolateandsteel

    chocolateandsteel said 7 years ago

    I love how the Etsy community comes together in times of need. I really think that Etsy should not charge listing or commission fees on nonprofit shops. I know that credit cards have waived their fees for other nonprofit groups. This shop is representing Etsy in the best way. So Etsy, what do you say???? Yes:)

  • WhimsyBlueShop

    WhimsyBlueShop said 7 years ago

    I think it is so incredible when a community can come together from all different walks of life and reach out and give hope for a cause. This is so inspiring!

  • PiperRiley

    PiperRiley said 7 years ago

    I think this shop is absolutely wonderful. I have donated to it and also purchased from it and it is such a rewarding feeling to know I did my part to help others who need it. I am proud to be apart of the Etsy family and come together with others to help those in need :)

  • kateskrochet

    kateskrochet said 7 years ago

    What a great idea! Will be making something to donate to the cause soon. Here's hoping much sucess for Hearts for Haiti!

  • giftforallseasons

    giftforallseasons said 7 years ago

    I think this is such a wonderful, caring, and loving thing to do to help out! My fellow Etsians, and myself will continue to donate and purchase to help in any way we can. Thank you to all that have donated, and purchased! We can all make a difference together.

  • SewMuchStyle

    SewMuchStyle said 7 years ago

    I love the idea, I just went and donated a set of bowl covers.... I hope it helps.

  • beadelight

    beadelight said 7 years ago

    What a great cause! I'll be donating n item as soon as I read up on how to do it!

  • tubbytabby

    tubbytabby said 7 years ago

    I have donated an item for your shop and have emailed and uploaded all that you need, however, I have not received anything from you and do not see my listing in your shop. This is a wonderful idea and certainly the only way I could afford to donate. I certainly hope you have received everything and just haven't listed my item yet. Thank you, much love

  • HeartsofTrees

    HeartsofTrees said 7 years ago

    What an awesome idea! I love how etsy sellers are helping the people of Haiti in their own little creative way.

  • Custom77

    Custom77 said 7 years ago

    You should consider doing this full time! Who wouldn't like a self chosen thank you gift for donating to great causes.

  • Relydesign

    Relydesign said 7 years ago

    i am really proud to donate for this good cause ;) this is a really great idea so any of us can help:buying and selling ;)

  • Revaa

    Revaa said 7 years ago

    Bravo to all who are working on art for Haiti!!! Awesome idea and im sure it will help.

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful way for the community to share it's love. Thank you Etsy and all those who are donating to this cause. Each of us get to share our compassion in our own unique way and I LOVE it.

  • TimmerysBebeBling

    TimmerysBebeBling said 7 years ago

    I think it is absolutely amazing!!! What a great way to show support for the horrible tragedy that took place in Haiti.

  • mvegan5

    mvegan5 said 7 years ago

    I LOVE the Hearts for Haiti shop and am so thankful to all the volunteers who run the shop and to all who donate their beautiful creations! I feel lucky to be able to list my cards and jewelry in the shop to help ;0)

  • SissysArt

    SissysArt said 7 years ago

    I've been checking in almost daily to the Hearts for Haiti shop and it is so awesome to see our Etsy Artists coming together for the people of Haiti.

  • zadoodle

    zadoodle said 7 years ago

    what an amazing feat of global partnership! I can't wait to be a part of it! I'm going to see what I can contribute!

  • VeryCarey

    VeryCarey said 7 years ago

    The lovely buyer of my donation is as pleased to contribute as I am to donate. We came together in a beautiful way for a worthy cause.

  • MishaBellone

    MishaBellone said 7 years ago

    I teamed up with a Clothing Co. last week by photographing people is these awesome t shirts for Haiti. All the proceeds go to Relief. Please take the time to order a t shirt, they are only $10.00. thanks www.kuruptclothing.com

  • nazcigars

    nazcigars said 7 years ago

    awesome picks. Glad people want to help

  • ItsTweetable

    ItsTweetable said 7 years ago

    Aww! I love how so many people are helping out to reconstruct the lives of Haitians. Every item I sell, 1/2 of the money goes to Haiti

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