Francesca must hand it to Coldwater Creek. They sent a letter to their email list asking patrons to please make donations toward relief in Haiti. Not “buy stuff from us, and also donate to Haiti,” not “buy stuff from us and we will give a portion of the proceeds to Haiti.” Just a letter that said “we, the employees of Coldwater Creek, are giving money to help Haiti and we hope you will too.” It was refreshingly . . . nice. They linked to several organizations which are taking and channeling relief funds, including:
DesignerShoes.com, too, came through with a request for Haitian relief. They have partnered with Soles for Souls, asking that people donate their new or gently-used shoes to be sent to Haiti. In particular they are looking for durable sandals and sneakers, and children’s shoes. Information about how to donate your shoes is here.