March 18, 2011

an apron for Japan (giveaway now closed)

It's been a very long time since I gave anything away on this blog, but I've been thinking about doing something to help with the disaster relief efforts for Japan. It is just so unbelievable, the amount of fear, loss, and worry the people of Japan have been through (and are still going through!) since the earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear plant problems. So, this is what I came up with...

I made this apron (using this favorite tutorial), and I'm giving it away. It is one-size-fits-all; you can tie it around to your front (as shown) or just make a bow in the back. Here are the rules for the giveaway:

1. Make a donation to any Japan disaster relief organization of your choice (you can go to this link and find many!).
2. Leave a comment to this post letting us all know where you chose to donate to. You can also add thoughts, prayers, or well-wishes for the people of Japan.
3. On Friday, March 25 I will use the random number generator to choose a winner and announce it on the blog.

I'm hoping that maybe some of you haven't yet donated, and this may be the little reminder you need to sit down and actually do it (I just did it this morning, even though I've been thinking about it all week long!). If you've already donated money to a relief organization for Japan, you can certainly still enter the giveaway, just let us know where you donated to.

Thanks to everyone for their generosity!
:) Shelly


  1. Hi Shelly....great idea! I donated to Shelter box. Good for you for spurring on donations with your beautiful apron!

  2. Awesome way to remind/ motivate people to donate to a good cause. I donated money through my friend Yukimo. She is Japanese and her temple is raising 1 million for the cause.

  3. Great idea! Just donated to Lutheran World Relief.

  4. Beautiful apron Shelly! I donated on Sunday to a group of ladies from a church with a large japanese congregation (can't remember the name). I happened to be driving through the same parking lot as Market 99 (asian market) on Aurora and stopped to give them money. It felt good to give and it also prompted Charlie to ask questions, which although hard to explain, was a great opportunity. He's really hoping that our money goes to giving new toys to children (of course much more important than food in a 4 year olds mind). Thanks for doing this!

  5. Hi Shelly! I donated to Feed My Starving Children. Love the apron!

  6. Thank you, Shelly, for reminding us all to donate to Japan! And thanks to Sunny for posting this link on fb. I just gave to Americares.