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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an original painting by Patti Bowman: 'red brooms'

Patti Bowman studied painting and printmaking at the University of Calgary in Alberta and at Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver, BC. She has continued to study and experiment with different techniques in classes at Pratt Fine Art Center and Gage Academy in Seattle, WA and uses many different tools and media in her paintings, including encaustics, oil, acrylic, relief prints, monotype and silkscreen to create her Jack-of-all-Trades/Conspiracy Theorist esthetic. She has participated in group and solo shows in galleries, city halls, libraries and hot beverage establishments in several cities scattered throughout the US and Canada. She is fortunate to be represented by Stratus Gallery in Banff and Elevation Gallery in Canmore, Alberta, both wonderful galleries in beautiful places.

All proceeds from items sold on the To Haiti with Love auction go directly to the St. Joseph's Family in Haiti. To make a bid, simply leave a comment with the amount of your bid and your email address. The auction will wrap up on February 8, 2010, and winners will be contacted right away to arrange payment and shipping. Good luck!

Red Brooms by Patti Bowman (origin: USA)
5.5" x 8" encaustic & monotype on panel

Starting bid: $50.00

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