Helping Haiti Through Art, Prose and Poetry

I’d like to take a moment to introduce you to a friend of ours on Twitter.

Her name is Clare Jeffcock and you can find her at @ClareJulissa. She’s 13 (!!!) and already just as passionate about the Red Cross as many of our long-time volunteers.

Clare’s been asking lots of questions about getting involved — giving blood, volunteering and fundraising. And now she’s put her smarts into organizing one of the more creative Haiti benefits I’ve seen.

To help her out, I wanted to share the announcement on our blog and urge those of you with artistic talents to participate. Here’s the scoop from Clare!

“I’m going to put together a collection of poetry and artwork about the Haiti earthquake, get it printed as little booklets, and sell them as a fundraiser. The proceeds will be split between Mercy Corps and the Red Cross.

If you want to help, send your artwork or poetry to me at julissaholly(at)gmail(.)com, with the subject ‘Helping Haiti.’ Send text-based stuff as a .rtf or .txt file, and artwork as .png, .jpg, or .gif files. Please send each thing as a separate attachment, but as one email.

You can send as many things as you like, but please proofread and/or have someone betaread all writing.”

Clare then gives a great example of what she’s looking for — @AlannaZelen‘s poem “Devastation.”

Please support the work of this incredible 13 year old. She’s going to be a powerhouse Red Cross supporter in the future — let’s get her started off right!

Photo: Talia Frenkel/American Red Cross


  • *shrieks* YOU DID IT!!!
    Thank you so very much!
    The booklet's going well so far, by the way. 😉

  • Wow! Your just amazing! I was worried I wouldn't have time to make something but you really inspired me! I'll make time! You're a hero Clare!

  • @Ms. Laurie So I'm forgiven for skipping the meeting last Tuesday, then? *grins* Thanks. You rock, too!
    @Ms. Sarah You flatter me altogether too much. XD Thanks!
    @Wishes *blushes* Thank you! You're awesome, too. And everyone who helps is also a hero, in my book. 😉

  • Claire, so proud to have you as part of our school. You are such a natural leader! Keep up the great work. I can't wait to see what else you will tackle in the future.

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