To Haiti with Love was an online auction of art, photography, papercrafts, clothing, and creative goods. All proceeds go direct to the St. Joseph's Family of homes for children in Haiti.

The auction opened at 8 AM EST on Monday, February 1, 2010.

The auction closed at midnight EST on Monday, February 8, 2010.

Canadians can donate to St. Joseph's anytime through the online donation page of its Canadian fundraising organization, Broken Wings.

Americans can donate through the online donation page for Hearts with Haiti, the U.S. organization. Either way, your support builds hope.

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Earthquake Devastates St. Joseph Home in Port au Prince

Broken Wings is the Canadian fundraising organization whose primary mission is to support the vision and ministry of the St. Joseph Family in Haiti, which includes the St. Joseph’s Home for Boys in Port-au Prince, Wings of Hope in Fermathe, and Trinity House in Jacmel.

Orphans caring for orphans: a beautiful story

St. Joseph’s Home for Boys was Michael Geilenfeld’s dream that became a reality in 1985, bringing boys off the streets of Port-au-Prince to provide them with a Christian home and family.

When French missionaries announced they were leaving Haiti and needed to find care for the disabled children under their supervision, Michael took some of the older boys from St. Joseph's to choose a child to bring home and care for. But the boys surprised Michael when they chose to adopt all the children. Wings of Hope had become a thriving home for disabled children, recently rebuilt and expanded to include a day school for disabled community children and lovely guest facilities.

For more on the St. Joseph's family of homes for children, visit the Broken Wings website.

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Where there is doubt, let me sow faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

~ Saint Francis of Assisi

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as the buddhists say, herein lies the fist-bump

Karen (Author of Momma Zen) drew it out of me on twitter, looking for a grand total, and so this post needs to be put into the world. I don't know why I'm shy about the number - it's very strange to see a dollar value attached to all our effort, our sleeplessness, our artists' incredible generosity, the enthusiasm of everyone who visited last week.

René and I built and populated the site with about three days of notice. We had over 4,700 unique visitors to the site on the first Monday alone, and a steady average of 1,200-3,000 unique visitors every day after that - for a total of just over 17,500 unique visitors and 45,000 page views over the course of those seven days. We were tweeted and facebooked and stumbled and kirtsied and babbled and shared in every possible way by contributors, bidders, friends, family, and fans of the effort.

54 artists contributed 130 items. The bids add up to a grand total of $8,535.00 for St. Joseph's.

René and I are proud, exhausted, thrilled, grateful. I am quite literally so cross-eyed that we can't even find the words to thank all of you properly -- those who supported us, and the kids of St. Joseph's, so warmly. I'm just sitting here taking in all those numbers, contemplating all of you, the community of creativity, the thousands of virtual smiles and instant support. 

Thank you so much. For the most part, we've informed winning bidders of next steps in getting their treasures and passing on goodness to Haiti. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to let René or myself know.

All the love and light in the world, and so much gratitude that we count you among our circle of friends.

~ Kate


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Just so you know, Kate, your post made me cry. :) So many thanks to you and Rene for brainstorming/organizing/pouring your hearts into this. Much, much, much love.

February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

Wow. And thinking of the comments left by Peter here, if a person is paid $5 per day, this auction just raised enough money to pay someone for 1,707 days (4 years 8 months). Or 23 people for a year.


February 11, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMisty

what a wonder we can all be...and what a wonderful thing for those that have need. this has been the first place i have given for haiti because it is the first place i have found the faces that will receive...the photo that is coming to me is just icing after that.

February 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermamie

that just gave me goosebumps. way to go!!

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Every one remembers that humen's life seems to be not cheap, nevertheless we need cash for different issues and not every man earns enough cash. So to get some loan and just secured loan would be a proper way out.

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