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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'Lanterns: A Gathering of Stories' edited by Jennifer McGuiggan

"Lanterns offers a kind light to weary travelers wishing for companions on the journey toward a well-crafted soul. Stories, poems, and essays offer signposts and gentle guidance, reminding readers that resistance melts away in the company of those who believe in the path set before us. By illuminating the ways we can move outside of our interior reflections into a more inclusive whole, this lovely book provides a way into togetherness that will encourage and inspire anyone longing for authentic connection around their creative work."

~ Jen Lemen, artist, activist, dreamer

Lanterns: A Gathering of Stories is a collection of prose, poetry, and black & white photography by women writers, artists, and photographers that offer up wisdom about life, friendship, and creativity. This beautiful book is handcrafted and professionally printed, making it the perfect gift for girlfriends, daughters, mothers, yourself. It is hope, inspiration, and a reminder that creativity and community walk alongside each other, a string of lanterns lighting the way.

Contributors to Lanterns include Darlene J Kreutzer, Liz Lamoreux, Jen Lee, Jennifer McGuiggan (editor/contributor), Rachelle Mee-Chapman, Lisa Ottman, and Jena Strong.

Jennifer McGuiggan is a freelance writer, editor, and writing coach who works with a wide variety of clients and publications. Jenna invites you to join her in The Word Cellar, which she envisions as a cozy, stone-walled chamber filled with twinkle lights, shelves of stories, nooks of books, and plush armchairs perfect for sharing your tale.

The Lanterns Light & Love package includes: 

* one signed copy of Lanterns: A Gathering of Stories
* one 5"x7" color print of The Chocolate Room
* an audio recording of the book's opening poem Oceans Vast: A Blessing by Rachelle Mee-Chapman
* a handwritten love note
* a sweet treat, all thoughtfully packaged.

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!

The Lanterns Light & Love package by Jennifer McGuiggan (origin: USA)

Starting bid: $20.00