Buy something beautiful, do something good.

Last weekend, several tornadoes touched down in North Carolina, killing 24 people and causing millions of dollars worth of damage to homes and businesses.  I’ve spent the last few days looking at footage and photos of familiar places, but with trees ripped from the ground, and houses leveled.

My family was fortunate – my parents have 200 holes in the side of their house from golf ball-sized hailstones, but it’s all superficial, and they have insurance.  Some people were not so lucky.

This is my home, and I want to help.  If you want to help too, I’ve found something we can do.

My friend Michelle, of IndieNC, where I’m an occasional contributor, has put together a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Raleigh.  I did some work with the Boys & Girls Club while I worked at skirt!, and what they do is truly amazing.  For pretty much no fee, they provide after school care, mentoring, and all kinds of opportunities for disadvantaged children.

Their buildings were very badly damaged by the tornadoes, and Michelle has used her connections with some amazing North Carolina designers to pull together an online shop where 100% of the proceeds will go toward helping repair the Boys & Girls Club’s home.

Whether you’re in the UK or the US, any of the vendors involved will ship to you, so don’t worry. All you need to do is click on the photo at the top of this post(or go to raleightornadofundraiser.com), which will take you to the shop, and pick out something beautiful.  Then tell your friends.

On a less do-gooder, more selfish note, there are some amazing buys here.  Personally, I’m teetering between the North Carolina t-shirt by Michelle herself…

…or the Home Sweet Home tote by This Paper Ship.

Hey, I’m feeling patriotic.

Author: Faith

Faith Dwight is a photographer and a writer. She is a Southern American girl living just north of London with her British husband, Simon and their two halfling sons.

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