Friday, March 18, 2011

Stampin' Up! sends donations to support Japan

March 17, 2011
Like all of you, we are deeply saddened by the recent earthquake in Japan and Pacific tsunami, and our hearts go out to all those who were affected. On behalf of our demonstrators and customers, Stampin' Up! is making a donation to the American Red Cross' Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief fund. If you feel so inclined and have the means to do so, we encourage each of you to make a donation to the relief organization of your choice.

While we always strive to make a difference, how we support relief efforts for natural disasters is decided on a case-by-case basis. In countries where Stampin' Up! has a presence, we look to our country managers to determine how we can best support our demonstrators, customers, and the local relief efforts. For example, during the flooding in Queensland, Australia in February, the country manager arranged to donate $2 AUD from the sale of every stamp set with a value of $30 AUD or more to the Premier's Disaster Relief Appeal. After the recent earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, the country manager felt it was most important to support our demonstrators and customers directly, so we are waiving the registration fee to the Christchurch regional and turning the event into a fun day of crafting for both demonstrators and their guests. The company is also supporting demonstrator fundraising efforts related to the earthquake by donating free products.

In the case of Japan, because we do not operate in that country, we feel the most effective and efficient way to provide immediate support to those affected by this terrible tragedy is to give a monetary donation.

If you'd like to know more about American Red Cross' Japan Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami Relief fund, please visit the American Red Cross web page.

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