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Saturday, January 23, 2010

How Etsy Hearts for Haiti Began

Hearts for Haiti - Support Doctors Without Borders


After the horrific earthquake on January 12, 2010 hit Haiti, crafter Victoria [owner of Etsy shop exlibrishandmade] knew that she had to do something to help. Within a few days Victoria had amassed hundreds of artisans from the artisan website who wanted to donate their creations to a shop set up specifically to raise money for Haitian relief... Hearts for Haiti was born. With artisans from around the world, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the U.S.A., Hearts for Haiti has become one of the largest non profit shops on Etsy. Established within 3 days of the earthquake, Hearts for Haiti currently has close to 700 items for sale with 100% of the proceeds (minus transaction fees) going to Doctors Without Borders. This collective of artisans has helped Hearts for Haiti raise $12,495.00 as of 4:45pm PST [01-22-10]. A special Paypal account and bank account have been created to preserve the integrity of the shop. Please take the time to browse through the Hearts for Haiti shop and think about purchasing an item to support those in desperate need. You can also follow the Hearts for Haiti blog here where you can get the latest information on how much has been raised, what's been sent to Doctors Without Borders and other latest news.

Please visit the Doctors Without Borders Website for more information on their organization.

This article was written by HPD designer Heather Palleiko. HPD has also donated an item for Hearts for Haiti which you can find here.

submitted by Sunny


  1. How beautifully written by Heather, thank you for sharing that here Sunny!

  2. Great post! Love that Victoria! LOVE her!


  3. You guys have been WONDERFUL to work with! Donating some of my etsy items has never been more fulfilling. Really appreciate all your hard work on this!

    I encourage anyone reading these posts to promote the etsy shop with a shout out from their blogs, facebook accounts, twitter, etc! It's a great way to contribute to a much-needed cause!


  4. Fab blog & amazing effort for you and the rest of the team to bring all us crafters together.

    I have just blogged about it and posted a link.

  5. I continue to be impressed with this project & what a fantastic job everyone is doing!