Crafters come together to help Baby Ike and his family

I was asked by fellow crafter, Rachel Hobson, to blog about Baby Ike, and you know I never turn down a fellow crafter with a worthy cause! Here's what Rachel had to say about Baby Ike:

By now, many of you have heard about Baby Ike here in Austin who is currently in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Dell Children's Hospital, sedated, on paralytic medications and recovering from an operation in which he received a tracheostomy. Ike's mom, Kari Anne Roy , is a brilliantly hilarious writer and a beloved member of the Austin community. She and her sweet family (husband, Steven , Maker-in-the-making son, Sam, and tenaciously adorable daughter, Georgia) have been put through the ringer this year. You can read their full story on the Ike-a-saurus web site , and be sure to check out how the "Ike-a-saurus " name came to be. 

There has been an amazing community effort to help out the Roy family. In less than one day, Ike's web site was created (by Austin web rock star, Jenny Medford ) and a community of mamas joined forces to organize several fund raising events . Donation buttons were displayed and dispersed through social networks, and by day's end, we'd raised enough money to cover Ike's Cobra insurance for February and March. It's been the most beautiful example of community outreach I have ever experienced.

But there is still more to be done. Along with bake sales, rummage sales and big family-friendly events, we are looking for fun ways to help raise money for Ike-a-saurus and to help promote the generous businesses and supporters who are lending a hand.

Rachel is encouraging crafters to blog about Ike's cause and donate a portion of Etsy sales. These are just a couple of ideas on things you can do to help. You can read more here.

My Etsy shop has been kind of dead, since I kept it in vacation mode for months and haven't been adding any new items. But...if there's anything in there you like, I'll donate 100% of the product price to Baby Ike.


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