9.11.2011

Owego...

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This is Owego, our little hometown. This is the town I grew up in, it's the town where we're raising our kids, and it's a town that needs help. When a disaster like this happens, it can be unclear how best to do that. I'm trying to brainstorm fundraising ideas and could use your suggestions. I've considered setting up a donation button here on Aesthetic Outburst, but I'm just not sure. This whole thing is unreal. All of these photos are by Simon Wheeler for The Ithaca Journal.

UPDATE: We've organized a fundrasier to benefit local flood victims. Please donate if you can.

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19 comments:

apaperbear said...

My heart goes out to you, and your hometown. We had a flood in my hometown in 1964. I still remember collecting the "flood mud" as a kid much later.

Handbags*N*Pigtails said...

Oh abbey, this is so heartbreaking. See my latest post about our flooding here in the valley. Its so devastating.
Thankful we were safe but our hearts are aching for our neighbors and students right now.

A Beautiful Party said...

oh my goodness! my heart goes out to you as well. i hope you are all doing okay. Please let us know what we can all do to help.

Sara said...

so sad too. I don't know what to say. Two towns up, Shelburne Falls, just up the river from my home, had their own similar experience.
A quilt shop floats down the river here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p47txwmuwCY
It's astounding. The flooding and standing on solid ground, too.

Brandie said...

Abbs,

What if you did something creative - sold artwork or something with all proceeds going to help with the flood. I would absolutely bid on something that you or Phil made!

leFiligree said...

the people who feel most connected to you might appreciate a button here on AO. the more visibility on the event the better, so that people can see how devastating it is, and see faces for the people it has affected. IMO.

Rachael, Pistachio Press said...

Abb, this is just devastating. I can't even imagine it. Especially the last picture. I think a button would be a good idea - maybe even getting other artists/makers to donate for a fundraiser. I'm glad you and your families are safe. xoxoxo

kristin said...

So sorry, Abbey. I'd agree with Brandie that you and PRH do such great creative work, an auction of original art (or even selling prints for $20 each) seems like it would be a way for you to fundraise. You're so busy these days it doesn't need to be elaborate, but I'm sure they'd sell! Take care, my heart goes out to your community.

Mrsink said...

I think a button on here would be perfect. I am so heartbroken over this.

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

My heart goes out to you and your community. This is tragic and heartbreaking.

UrbanBird&Co said...

OUr thoughts are with you and your community. It's so heartbreaking, I'm so sorry for you all. :(

Sara said...

I'm so sorry and so glad your family is safe. A button seems entirely appropriate and an auction seems like a great idea - maybe even reboot the 20 in 20 format that gained so much support, but simplify the making process. Like 20 prints for 20 days ... or even auction off future things, like a Halloween costume or Christmas cards, etc. so you don't have to try to be in constant making-mode right now.

Ginger Bee said...

These photographs are heart breaking. The hometown where I grew up in Middletown, PA are dealing with the same sadness of the flooding, friends and families have lost their belongings, homes and businesses. Hope your town recovers and is even stronger from this!

brianne said...

This is so sadly ironic for me, especially. When I lived in New Orleans and was forced to relocate because of Hurricane Katrina, I relocated temporarily to Ithaca and your region took us in with no question. Now the tables are turned and I want to help! Keep us posted on what we can do. . .

deborah saul said...

I would totally donate art work! Let me know if you set something up!!!

Deborah

sécia said...

So sad. Yes... set up a donation button! It's a fantastic idea and I'll re-blog it too. I know, I'm a tiny blog but every little bit counts.

♥ sécia
www.petiteinsanities.blogspot.com

karen said...

Wow-I am so stunned and sorry to see all the destruction in your area. Button, artwork, what ever you think will work put it up and I would be glad to donate. Glad you and your family are ok. Karen from CT

Amanda said...

setting up a donation button or offering an auction are both great ideas. I would be happy to helpo with either one

Kolein said...

This is terrible. My husband is from the Endicott/Maine area. We have family in Owego, as well. It's heart breaking. I pray each day brings forth some healing and help. We are in upstate NY now...the Rochester area.

Just found your blog via FB via BF&A Vintage farmhouse dining room post on Design Sponge.

All my best,
~Kolein

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