Posted by: Kristi Tuck Austin | March 11, 2011

Help the American Red Cross help others

My thoughts are with the people of Japan after the earthquake and tsunami. I look at photographs of burning neighborhoods swept away and film clips of city streets turned into rapids, and my heart breaks. I want to help, to do something now, but I feel useless.

Then I remember, I can give.

For the last eleven days, I’ve been following Writers for the Red Cross, a month-long program that auctions off publishing-related items and services donated by authors, publicists, agents, bloggers, and editors to support the American Red Cross. Writers for the Red Cross is an independent fundraiser organized by Nashville-area writers. A percentage of the proceeds will go to the host chapter, Nashville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, and the rest will go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Writers for the Red Cross posted a message about the Japanese earthquake and tsunami, including a reminder that if you donate $25 or more through the Writers for the Red Cross site, you’ll receive a free book.

Richmond book blogger Rebecca Joines Schinsky at The Book Lady’s Blog is already involved. This week, Writers for the Red Cross is auctioning off a surprise grab bag of ten books from Rebecca.

Richmond’s Fountain Bookstore is one of the Bookstore Partners for Writers for the Red Cross.

Please consider participating in this fundraiser. If you’d rather give directly to the American Red Cross, you can donate here.

Follow Writers for the Red Cross on Twitter @Write4Red

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