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An Important Announcement

Today, I need to use my blog voice for a more important message than desserts or recipes.

More important than chocolate?!?

Yes, yes. Some things are. Hard to believe, but it’s true.

I grew up in Japan.

The Japanese culture greatly impacted my life. My babysitter, my father’s sweet secretary, the 100-year-old sensei (teacher) from whom I learned origami… these people helped shape who I am today.

As a whole, the Japanese are some of the kindest, most well-mannered people you’d ever want to meet. So their current situation is heartbreaking. I just keep thinking, “Why did it have to happen to such wonderful people?” (Not that I wouldn’t think the same thing if the devastation occurred elsewhere. You don’t want something like that to happen anywhere.)

Every time I watch or read about what’s going on in Japan, I feel useless. I’ve already donated money, but I’m nowhere near as wealthy as Britney Spears (who reportedly gave millions to the country). Isn’t there another way I can help? Then I realized…

Duh, Katie! Your blog!

I have a voice… but what good is having a voice if you don’t use it to help? So that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’m going to use my blog to ask y’all to help me help them. I know a lot of you feel exactly as I do: “I’ve already given money. What else can I do?” What else can you do?

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You can eat!
We are food bloggers (and readers), after all. Winking smile

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“Help Japan” Blogger Bake Sale

On Tuesday, April 5th, I’ll host a blogger bake sale to benefit the Red Cross. If you’ve never participated in a blog bake sale before, here’s a little about how it works: bloggers (or readers) offer to donate a food item (just like in a regular bake sale) and people will bid on these items. The highest bidders will make a donation to red cross (more on how to do this later), and the baker will ship the actual food to the winner.

Ways you can help:

  1. Donate a vegan baked good
  2. Bid on a baked good, during the virtual bake sale (April 5th)

What do you think? 

If you’d like to donate a baked good, please send me an email with the name of the food, a photo, and where you’ll be willing to ship, by this Saturday (April 2nd). (Also, because this is a vegan blog, all items must be vegan. They don’t need to actually be baked, though. Raw treats are welcome!)

I’ll donate something too: These Fudge Babies.

Published on March 28, 2011

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  1. Aisatsana says

    This is a great idea! I may be e-mailing you later with something to offer. 🙂 BTW, I assume you mean April 5th, right?

  2. Crafty lil vegan says

    What a fabulous idea! I’d love to help out, but i live in England! Could i donate something to the British readers perhaps? x

  3. Jennifer JCD says

    Japan’s situation is terribly heartbreaking. Yet, the sweet stories of people helping each other and a noticeable lack of rioting and looting makes me smile. These people are just so genuine, even in the wake of tragedy. We could all learn from them.

    The blog bake sale sounds wonderful, Katie. Like you, I’ve been trying to find more ways to help. I will be on holiday for the actual sale date but could I still donate something? Not sure if that’s allowed or not. Let me know.

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Yes, definitely. As long as you can ship it to the winner within a week or so of the sale date (or if you’ll be away for a long time, I can always put a disclaimer under your photo that says when you’ll be able to ship it).

  4. Freya says

    Fab idea!
    Did Britney really donate 64MILLION?? I heard Sandra Bullock donated about 1million, but SIXTY FOUR? Woah – whole new respect for Brit!

    • Chocolate-Covered Katie says

      Oops lol I’d meant to confirm that before I posted. I heard it as a rumor… but I can’t seem to confirm it from a reliable source, so I changed my post. But no matter how many million she donated, I’m with you: I’ll never say another bad word about the girl!

      • Jennifer JCD says

        Super! One batch of (homemade) chocolate chip granola bars shall be my contribution. There’s nothing healthy in them, but they taste really good. And they’ll be 100% dairy, egg, and nut-free for anyone concerned with food allergies.

        I could (also) make snowy Shreddies – chocolate coated Shreddies dusted with powdered sugar; oatmeal raisin cookies; and spritz cookies. I could even donate some non-food items like Arbonne vegan body butters and sugar scrubs. Lots of stuff. I really want to help!

        I’ll be back on the 10th and could bake these and get everything out by the 13th or 14th? Let me know how to make the formal submission and if you need a photo or anything.

  5. Mia says

    This is a great idea! You are such a wonderful person and inspire me so much. I am so happy to have found your blog! Can’t wait for the bake sale!

  6. Lisa says

    OMG 20,000 every day? I don’t get that in a … month? Please, can you share some tips on getting a popular blog? Thanks!

  7. Lisa says

    this sounds like a great idea! I was going to offer peanut butter cookies, but they have egg in them :[
    perhaps i can bid on something april 5th, instead!

    • Erika says

      You can make vegan pb cookies easily. Just sub egg replacer or extra baking powder for the eggs! 🙂 But if you don’t want to, bidding is awesome as well. That’s how I’ll be supporting the cause too!

  8. Emily says

    I’m excited to bid!!!! Oh my gosh, what a great way to help Japan. And by the way, your photos are SO CUTE! Love them!

  9. s says

    great idea cck!
    i will have to test-bake something before i can send a photo… i’ll get back to you on this one 😉

  10. Anonymous says

    Just wanted to let you know how awesome I think this is. I can only imagine how much work is going to go into putting this whole thing together, emailing people and linking and keeping up with the bids. You are a SWEETHEART for doing this!
    The world needs more people like you.
    I will be telling everyone I know, both in the blogworld and in real life. I only wish I had a twitter account, but I CAN post to my facebook wall :).

  11. [email protected] balance in tokyo says

    It really is hard not to feel useless, even for those of us who were here in Japan during the quake itself. Knowing your connections to the country I figured you’d have something brewing, and I am glad you decided to use your voice to do something to help out Japan. The bake sale is a fantastic idea! I doubt that I will be able to participate myself due to the expense of shipping to/from Japan, but I will be cheering from the sidelines and spreading the word.

    If it’s okay, I’d like to add a link to this from my blog, where I’ve written a bit about my own experiences with the whole quake situation.

      • [email protected] balance in tokyo says

        Thankfully, Tokyo was not directly affected by the damage. We got quite a shaking, and there was mass confusion directly afterwards as millions of people tried to get home with no public transportation running, but that was the worst of it from the earthquake itself.

        Things are still very bizarre here three weeks on due to the power shortages and ongoing problems with the nuclear power plant. Trains are still running reduced schedules, targeted panic buying means certain things are hard to get (last week it was bread and milk, this week it’s been bottled water and toilet paper), and many of us are suffering from vertigo from the aftershocks (if you haven’t seen it yet check this out: http://www.japanquakemap.com/).

        But no one seems to mind the inconveniences too much. There is a vey palpable sense of thankfulness for getting off so easily and genuine concern for what is happening up north. Every store has donation boxes & dimmed lighting, and I think everyone here is determined to do what we can to get through this together. It’s pretty amazing, really…

        Sorry for rambling on at you about this.. but it’s been all we’ve been living and breathing for the last three weeks! 🙁

  12. Holly @ The Runny Egg says

    Katie great idea – I’m glad you are using your blog in this way! I’m sure you’ll have a great assortment of treats. I can’t wait to bid!

  13. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe says

    Thank you for doing this! I’ve also wished I could do more than donate. I look forward to the bake sale!

  14. Kiersten says

    You are so awesome Katie. I don’t know if I’ll have time to contribute a baked good, but I’ll definitely help you spread the word.

  15. Kelli says

    Although I’ll be out of town during the sale, I’ll be happy to spread the word as much as I can. I know plenty of people in real life as well as online who’d be excited to help. Thanks for such a thoughtful idea, Katie!

  16. bitt of raw says

    I love things like this! Because I don’t have a lot of $ to donate, but I have time and some kitchen skill. Thanks for organizing it. I will for sure donate. Can I do two things? I have a baked idea and a raw one.

  17. Allison @ Runs A Latte says

    What an awesome idea, Katie! I love that your using your influence to make a real difference!

    I’m not used to thinking about what I could make that’s vegan…Hmmmmm, let me get back to you while I ponder what I could make!

  18. Mo says

    Hey, Katie! This is a really great idea and I’m glad you’re doing such a wonderful thing. I’m trying to think of what I might be able to contribute that’s shipping-friendly. 🙂

    One thing I’d like to suggest: The Red Cross is a wonderful charity, of course, but if you’re concerned about how much money actually goes to the efforts, perhaps you’d consider AmeriCares? When I collected money for the Katrina Victims in ’05 (I literally stood outside of the entrance to a flea market-type garage sale with an empty coffee tin… I was 11 and cute, so it totally worked) I did a ton of research on which charity I should contribute to, and in my research I found that AmeriCares donates 99% of their proceeds to the cause (keeping only 1% for other expenses): http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3289

    The Red Cross donates 91.8%: http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=3277

    Either way, it’s a wonderful thing. I just wanted to let you know! Red Cross is the popular choice, of course, but AmeriCares uses much less of its proceeds for purposes other than charity and I think it might serve a better purpose here, where you want as much money going to Japan as possible. 🙂

    • Erika says

      The problem with smaller charities is that sometimes they just don’t have the pull or the resources that come with a big name like Red Cross. Sometimes they’re not allowed in, or they don’t have the ability to get to the places that need it most. I’m sure AmeriCares is a great charity, but I’d stick with Red Cross because it’s got the means to really get things done. Just my thoughts, though. Obviously no matter where the $ goes, it’s a good cause (as long as it’s an accredited charity, of course).

  19. Ally says

    You can count on my bid! I will be traveling the next few days, and therefore won’t be able to donate an item, but you better believe I will be bidding on one (or more!). I love your outreach and enthusiasm 🙂

  20. chelsey @ clean eating chelsey says

    Such a great idea Katie! I am for sure going to participate. I’ll have to think of what I’m going to donate and then I’ll email you!

  21. Iris says

    Great idea! I’ll think if I can come up with something that will ship well, and if not, I’ll definitely be bidding! Thanks for coming up with a way that we can all help and feel like we’re doing something!

  22. Veronica says

    Aaaa! I love this! Great idea Katie! I recently particpated in my first blogger bake sale a few months ago and I’d love to do it again. I’ve never made vegan goodies except for raw balls, and since there will probably be many varieties of those offered in your bake sale, I quickly came up with a recipe for vegan Cinnabon caramel corn instead. I started on it as soon as I read this blog and I’ve now eaten a good amount of it (yum!) and taken pictures and will post the recipe to my blog within the next hour, with info on your bake sale so my readers can bid. Do you want me to give you a link to it or do you prefer me to email the picture without a link?

  23. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says

    Katie this is an awesome idea…and thank you so much for bringing awareness and doing a great thing!

    I knew you grew up in Japan but didn’t know much of the details so thanks for sharing. I love the little Katie w/ her chopsticks picture!

    And I am going to try to donate something…I will hopefully be sending you an email 🙂

  24. Courtney (greeneyedrunner) says

    Katie, I really want to help out with this! I’ll practice my baking, or unbaking, I’m not fantastic at it but I’ll try for this!

  25. Crafty lil vegan says

    After reading this blog… i attempted to make something decadent, but healthy, and also oil-free (as i can’t eat oil withouth feeling ill!) so i tried making chocolate butter bean brownies.. as i’ve been reading on lots of peoples’ blogs about their LOVE of brownies.. (which i’ve never been a fan of..) So i thought i’d /TRY/ and join in… And, well, let’s just say the chickens will be having a feast tomorrow! I guess me and brownies just aren’t meant to be!

    So, instead, i’m going to go for something i make for my vegan family, and i know works!
    They aren’t remotely healthy! But (i hear) are rather yum, and people never know that they are vegan! 😉 Torn between making chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate-vanilla spirals! ..we shall have to see how many baking supplies i can aquire!
    And my brother’s offered to donate some vegan welsh cakes!
    Thanks for being so wonderful Kate! I’ll send across some images now..
    x

  26. Namaste Gurl says

    Great idea, Katie. You truly are one of the sweetest, most kind- hearted people EVER. 🙂
    I’d love to help in any way I can– let me know!

  27. Sarah C. says

    I’m loving this! I always want to eat vegan goodies, but I’m lazy and don’t want to bake! I’ll be bidding on Tuesday! 🙂

  28. Tara says

    I’ll do my part by bidding. Though what is the deadline for submitting a baked good? I have a recipe I’m attempting this weekend and if it turns out good I would love to contribute!
    The pictures of you in Japan are ADORABLE! They remind me of my little sister, except she wouldn’t be caught dead in pink clothes.

  29. Chelsey says

    This sounds like a great idea, but help me clarify some things here, guys. Soooo, we can bid on the baked good items that people will be sending to you, and whoever has the highest bid on the specific baked good idea will receive the baked good and that money will be donated to red cross?

  30. Vega says

    Hmm..does it have to be our OWN recipe? Because I could sure donate a good, but…I don’t have any recipes of my own lol.

    Using another’s recipe should be okay though? I mean, I wouldn’t be receiving the money after all. Those in need of it, will.

  31. Mary @ Bites and Bliss says

    I didn’t know you grew up in Japan, that’s very cool! And incredibly noble of you to be doing this to give back to them! 🙂 I’d love to join in!!

  32. Ann Claire says

    This is such a great idea, you are so thoughtful Katie. I’d love to donate a baked good, even if that doesn’t work out I”ll definitely do whatever I can to get the word out about what you’re doing.

  33. Matthew (Vegan Heartland) says

    What a great idea Katie! Japan holds a special place in my heart too. I took Japanese as a foreign language from 5th grade-12 grade. Although I’ve never visited, it’s always been a dream of mine. The people are so warm and friendly. It’s absolutely devastating what’s happened to them. I’m organizing a bake sale too at my grandparent’s church later this month with all the proceeds going to 2 charities that are working in Japan. Thank you for all you’re doing!

  34. Tessa @ Amazing Asset says

    You are awesome for doing this! I will surely be participating 🙂 Can’t wait!
    I’m off to spread the word!

  35. Caron says

    Wonderful idea Katie! I’ll definitely be donating a baked good.
    Now to think of something that can be shipped without getting too messy…

  36. Emma says

    Hey hey! I’ll be emailing you today with my bake sale goodies 🙂
    p.s – i made your “spinach” ice cream last night – sooooooo good! You popped up in another one of my posts. I think I just need to hire you as my personal chef! 🙂

  37. Lyza says

    This is such a beautiful idea.

    I also adore asian culture, and have always been a little envious that you grew up there! It breaks my heart that it happened there too, but I can’t imagine how you must feel. That picture of you is wonderful–it’s surprising because there are so many grown adults here who haven’t mastered chopsticks like little you has in that picture! 🙂

    I’d love to bid on April 5 🙂 I’m not sure I’m confident enough in any desserts of mine yet to donate, but maybe I’ll experiment and see what I come up with 🙂

  38. whitney says

    Katie, if I had a best-person-of-the-year-award I would give it to you. I cannot wait for this, I am going to think about it for awhile and I’ll get back with you tomorrow on what I am going to make!

    Thank you so much for everything you do.

    Whitney

  39. amber says

    i sent you an email with my donation and pictures. are you sending confirmation emails back so that we know you got our emails ok? 🙂

  40. Eliza says

    I have been following your blog for a few months now but for some reason just today this post popped up as a recommendation. I grew up in Japan as well and it’s a nice surprise to know you did as well! I love your blog, keep up the good work!

  41. Wendy Yamazaki says

    Hi Katie,

    I have been following your blog for a few months now and made a few things of yours and I must say they are GREAT! Thanks very much for sharing! Surfing through your blog today to look for something else to make, I found and read this post. Neat! You grew up in Japan! I am a nissei Canadian. I also teach high school Japanese. 日本語は 話せますか。

    Anyway, keep up the good work with the blog! では、またね!
    Wendy

  42. Hannah Harper says

    I find it AMAZING at what you’re doing. In fact, I grew up in Japan as well! And I was actually IN Japan when the earthquake hit. I wasn’t in a major zone, but I had just been in Yamagata, where our friends there felt it pretty badly. And I totally agree with the fact that the Japanese are such nice people! But it was also good that it happened there, because everyone is just so nice, and they share what they have. (Not that others wouldn’t)

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