I am so happy to tell you that we have not only met our goal, we tripled it! Thank you to everyone involved in the Online Bake Sale for Japan. Everyone who baked, bid, and promoted this Bake Sale was an integral part of it’s success. Every single item sold and we raised $8,269 for Second Harvest Japan. If you did not win anything and you would like to donate to this fundraiser, still I have set up a fundraising site, and have some information below.
Now, as I recover, I have a lot of thank you emails to send out and a lot of batches of brownies and cupcakes to bake and a couple of cakes to bake. I will do this all single-handedly- literally. Many of you may know that I had a serious kitchen accident on the 21st of March resulting in many stitches in my index finger and thumb. While it has been healing fairly well, it has been slow going and I am now fighting a bit of an infection. I have not been in the kitchen much at all, and I am looking forward to returning.
Many have also asked if they can still donate if they did not win their bid, so I found a way to do that! Let’s keep the momentum going until we reach $10,000. As a matter of fact, I will bake any of the sweets on my blog or work with you to create something to your liking for the person who makes the largest donation. This will only last through June 10, 2011.
I’ll end with a something sent from Second Harvest Japan
“Thank you so much for your efforts to raise fund for our disaster relief operation in Japan! We are SO grateful for you all. I’m so touched that all the bloggers got together and concentrated their energy on this. I think this inspires other people to participate in support for people in the affected areas.”
I am also inspired, inspired by your response, the love and support people have shown for me throughout this project so much so that you can look forward to a bake sale this fall for a cause that is very close to my heart. I can’t wait to tell you all about it. A few years ago, Operation Toasty was my “guerilla nonprofit” which really meant that I just collected coats and sleeping bags for the homeless in the winter and passed them out along with PB&J sandwiches and hot cocoa. That was before I had a blog or before Facebook or Twitter got so popular. Now, I’m ready to do Operation Toasty 2.0. Look for a Bakesale for the Homeless this Autumn.
With great warmth and gratitude,
The Tomato Tart