For those of us in the New Orleans Craft Mafia, the flooding in the mid-west is striking a familiar chord.
The Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF), helps artists affected by disaster. It is an amazing resource for helping craftspeople recover from tragedy. Artists can either receive help directly through CERF, which accepts monetary donations, or through fellow artists via the discussion forums.
After Hurricane Katrina, I personally received some awesome assistance from fellow crafters/artists through the discussion forums. People as far away as Germany sent me fabric scraps to help me start rebuilding my business. One kind woman even sent me a replacement sewing machine!
You can view the forums and find a way to directly help someone in need by going to:
If you prefer a less direct approach, you can donate to CERF by visiting :