Several more Ballard businesses are holding fundraisers to help the people of Japan recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit a week ago.
Laura Bee Designs (6418 20th Avenue NW) has launched a “Buttons for Japan” fundraiser to raise $1,500 by April 15th for Mercy Corps, a northwest-based disaster relief non-profit. The buttons are made out of origami paper and sold in sets of four for $8. Mercy Corps will receive $7 from each order. Shipping is free for this fundraiser. “Each pin will ship with a small tag explaining the fundraiser, making it perfect for sharing with friends and loved ones,” Laura Buzard writes on her site. You can order buttons here or buy them in the store.
A year ago Laura Bee Designs donated $6,800 to Mercy Corps with the Dahlias for Haiti fundraising project.
Romanza Gifts (2206 NW Market St) is donating 10-percent of the net in-store sales for March to the American Red Cross for the Japan earthquake and Pacific tsunami relief. “There is a chance we will continue this through April but we will have to wait and see how it goes this month,” owner John Sterlin tells us.
Fresh Flours (5313 Ballard Ave NW & 6015 Phinney Ave. N) “will donate 10% of remaining March sales to The American Red Cross to be a part of US effort to help Japan, our beautiful homeland, recover from horrific magnitude 9.0 earthquake and resulting tsunami,” Keiji and Etsuko write, “We would also like to express our gratitude for US and International rescue crews and dogs, working as hard as they can under extremely difficult circumstances.”