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We are all heartbroken, watching the horrifying events that are unfolding in Japan. It is so easy to feel overwhelmed and helpless in the face of such massive suffering, and yet it is of paramount importance that we gather our resources and reach out to the victims in every way possible to help them survive and rebuild. It is in this spirit of hope and love that Sakura Bloom has decided to spearhead a three-day (March 15-17) fundraiser to benefit the Japan relief efforts.

We are raffling three slings from the Essential Collection.  Winners will be free to choose between linen or silk in their favorite colorway.

Tickets are available for purchase by clicking here. The more you give, the more chances there are to win: $10 will get you one ticket, $25 will get you three tickets, and $50 will get you ten tickets.

All proceeds from this fundraiser will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Thank you for your generosity.

Babies. Parents. Community!  Babywearing groups around the world do incredible work introducing new parents to the joys of baby carriers.  We invite you to join us in an international fundraiser to benefit 60 of the world’s top babywearing groups.

Together with thirty-six of our amazing retailers worldwide (scroll down to see who!) we are thrilled to announce the Sakura Bloom Spread the Love Benefit.

Here’s how you can join in to Spread the Love and Win Big:

Purchase a $10 Spread The Love ticket. Each ticket enters you into a drawing to win one of thirty-six $100 gift certificates donated generously by our participating retailers—a total of $3,600!

All proceeds from the benefit will be used to provide each babywearing group with a silk Sakura Bloom sling for their lending library of baby carriers.

Tickets will be on sale February 1-14 and winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 17.

And….there’s a bonus! The babywearing group with the most tickets purchased in their name—just enter your group’s name in the comments box at checkout—will receive an entire wardrobe of Sakura Bloom slings!  What is a wardrobe of Sakura Blooms?  A big package from us containing our full range of linen and silk slings!

Buy a ticket or two (or as many as you’d like!) and show your support for babywearing groups here, there, and everywhere!

Our hearts and minds are with Haiti right now.  The devastation of last week’s earthquake is so hard to comprehend. In addition to sending our thoughts and prayers, Sakura Bloom Baby Slings is partnering with BabyHawk Baby Carriers to raise funds for Haiti.

Been waiting to purchase a baby carrier? Please do so Thursday, January 21 or Friday, January 22 when both Sakura Bloom and Baby Hawk will donate 50% of all sales to Partners in Health-Haiti.

Who is Partners in Health? An amazing organization providing grassroots health care in partnership with Haitian communities for over twenty years.  We support their work and invite you to join us: every little bit helps.

Don’t know much about Haiti? Want to learn more? Here are some good resources:

1. The writings of Edwidge Danticat. A beautiful, brilliant writer and recent recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant, Danticat’s fiction and non-fiction writings about Haiti are lush, evocative, and sometimes painfully poignant.  The New York Times maintains a detailed page about her, and in addition to being a gifted writer, she is also the mother of two young girls.  For starters, try her novel Breath, Eyes, Memory.

2. For more on Partners in Health, try Tracy Kidder’s moving portrait of Dr. Paul Farmer, an MD, anthropologist, and one of the founders of Partners in Health: Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, a Man Who Would Cure the World.

3. Track down some Haitian poetry. Just posted yesterday on the Elephant website, here are some poems posted in the Kreyol/Creole original with English translations by Merete Mueller with Dominique Herard.

4. Finally, music. Check out Boukman Eksperyans, a Haitian vodou-folk-rock band whose music simultaneously celebrates Haitian culture and critiques Haitian politics. Try their song Ti Bourik Pete san’l pa konnen and go from there!

Our love and strength to our friends originally from Haiti, to all with family and friends there, and to those friends working in partnership with the Haitian people now to save lives, rebuild the country, and hold on to hope.

With thanks to all who are able to join us and BabyHawk in this fundraising effort.  Mesi anpil, or many thanks in Haitian Kreyol.