WCS and JetPens.com, a premier supplier of Japanese writing instruments, office supplies, and art products, are teaming up to sponsor our special give.away.day. today. No doubt the images of devastation from the earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear disaster on March 11, 2011 have reached you; images that can hardly be comprehended as Japanese citizens and volunteers throughout the world struggle to assist a country in ruins. Scrapbookers and paper crafters share a special kinship with so many Japanese citizens, who also love and appreciate all things creative and crafty—in honor of this, we're offering a special collection of Japanese scrapbooking and craft products sure to inspire one of you:
One fortunate recipient will receive items straight from Japan: black and color journaling pens, paper balloons to decorate your creative space, washi tape, a rubber "photos" stamp, instant film sticky notes and pretty pink polka-dotted paper, milk label tags, a Scrapaholics mini-album and a Scrapaholics idea book.
What do we ask of you in return?
While not a requirement to participate in today's giveaway, consider what monetary amount you are able to give away today and give it—even if you can only afford $5. Find a favorite charity supporting relief work in Japan and make a donation while it's on your mind. Lily Kim of JetPens.com recommends New Hope, a church network combining forces in Japan to achieve measurable, positive results in aiding local populations; you might also consider the American Red Cross, or Americares. An extensive list of agencies requesting assistance is available here; Cafe Press has also organized an enormous collection of original designs to benefit Japan—check it out here.
If you make a donation, you are under no obligation to share the details here; we simply want to end the day knowing our Write.Click.Scrapbook. family has done its part to alleviate a sliver of hardship in the world. Instead, give us your best tip for encouraging a sense of citizenship in the world, or how you talk to your children about scary news, or just leave a comment to say hello.
As usual, comments will remain open until 8:00 pm PST and one lucky number will be chosen at random and posted tomorrow. Please remember it is your responsibility to claim your lucky number by emailing us at writelickscrapbook at gmail dot com before midnight Saturday!
The teams at JetPens.com and Write.Click.Scrapbook. thank you! (ありがとう)
edited to add... Since we planned this giveaway, we've experienced new tragedies in our own back yards here in the U.S. when tornados ripped through southern states on April 27 causing tremendous destruction... and floods threaten hundreds of thousands of acres of land right this minute. Help where you can; if you're able to fill a need, we thank you.