Wednesday, April 6, 2011

San Jose Bakesale for Japan

UPDATE: The event was one of the most uplifting days I've had in a long time. People from every different background you could imagine came together to provide baked goods and purchase them to raise funds to help those in need in Japan. Here are the results from Paige: The grand total for the bakesale was $8985.43!!!!  Add that to the $4K the ukulele jam brought in, and the $2,384.17 Roy's brought in (tips from baristas and 10% of sales) and we have a grand total of $15,369.60 we raised for relief organizations on the ground in Japan!

Yuki Hashimoto, who put together a cool video of our event also wanted to make people aware of a charity concert for Japan, that he's helping plan. And Case-Rust Photography and Moms who Click who covered the event and put together a fabulous flickr album!  

R was happy to walk away with a maple cupcake (he only ate the frosting), but H was denied any sweetness due to the continuing saga with his teeth. These photos were taken near the end of the event so they don't show the crowds that we experienced earlier that day. The event even inspired me to continue the effort with a bake sale at my church, Pathway/New Vision in Milpitas. If you are in the San Jose area and would like to participate in a bake sale on April 23rd, proceeds going to Samaritan's Purse Japan Relief, please contact me!

Every time I read a story about the situation in Japan, I feel so terrible and helpless. I want to do something to help all the people who are displaced and without the comforts on home. A group of fellow mom bloggers in the San Jose area felt the same way and decided to do something about it. Led by Paige of Canning with Kids, the Bakesale for Japan is happening this Saturday April 2nd in Japantown, San Jose. If you are local to San Jose or know someone who is, please come out and support us! I will be baking cookies all day Friday and helping to man the tables on Saturday morning. Even if you don't eat baked goods, come and fold paper cranes at the bakesale, which can be sent into Students Rebuild and turned into a $2/crane donation. Here is the 411 from Paige about the Bakesale:
San Jose Bakesale for Japan!  Last year we raised $23,000 at our Bakesale for Haiti and we think we can do way better this time! In fact, we're going national.  With your help, we can break our bakesale record!

  • Date/Time: Saturday, 4/2 from 10:00am - 2:00 pm

  • Location: Roy's Station 197 Jackson Street in San Jose

  • All of the money raised will be donated to Peace Winds Japan.  100% of funds donated to them go directly to ground relief efforts in Japan.  They are an incredible organization with a 15-year history in Japan, and we spoke with them at length before deciding to contribute the money we raise to them.

  • On April 2nd, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Ukulele Jams and Ukulele Source will be holding a Kanikapila at the Roy's Station to benefit Japanese Red Cross Tsunami and Earthquake Victims.  Smiley and Janet Kai of Ukulele Source will be donating a Ukulele for the raffle.  Baristas will be donating all of their tips for the day, and Roy's Station will be donating 10% of their sales.

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    Sharon @ Red Poppy | Pink Peony said...

    That's great, Eunice! Let me know how everything goes. Hope you're doing well!

    Joyce Rocks said...

    You can buy a special "Songs for Japan" album on iTUNES for $9.99. 38 songs by artists including Josh Groban, Black-Eyed Peas, Lady Gaga, U2, Beyonce, etc. All proceeds go to Japan efforts.

    heathergothitched said...

    So how many cookies did you end up baking? I couldn't help but chuckle whenever I looked at my oven! You rock for being 7months preggers and mommy to 2 boys and taking on such a baking endeavor!

    Love always,