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The Anniversary of Sandy: eBay Now Joins Forces with Waves for Water

It’s been exactly one year since Hurricane Sandy devastated large swaths of the East Coast. Waves for Water, an organization that creates clean water for communities and other relief work, has been on the ground since day one. There’s much more work to be done, however. For the next two weeks, eBay Now will be supporting WFW by providing funds to help affected families get back into their homes. 

Here’s how it works: From now until November 13, eBay Now will match the value of your order with a donation to Waves for Water up to a total value of $50,000. What’s eBay Now? If you live in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, or San Jose, eBay Now can deliver products from local stores straight to your doorstep in about an hour. 

To help eBay donate these funds to Waves for Water, just purchase something on eBay Now in the next two weeks, and use the promo code W4W2013 at checkout (free delivery, too!).

To learn more about Waves for Water and all their global field work, visit here

(Photo: Home affected by Sandy, courtesy of WFW. Text: Jauretsi)

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Fashion Industry Gets Together for Sandy
By Jauretsi
Do you live on the Eastern Seaboard (South Carolina to Maine) and have been too busy to drop work duties to go volunteer on Sandy relief efforts? Do you live anywhere outside this area and feel powerless to help victims of the storm? The good news is you don’t have to feel guilty anymore. In fact, we encourage you to go out shopping and spend furiously, taking into account that the designers listed below are ALL donating funds towards Sandy relief.
The list below is culled from the CFDA website, who listed all their designer members’ strategies for donating funds. Some are sending 10% proceeds while others are using donations to organize their staff members to help firsthand. For a detailed list of each designer’s contribution, visit CFDA: The Fashion Industry Responds to Hurricane Sandy.
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These links below should be your digital shopping mall this season, since each and every designer is doing their part to give back to those in need this holiday season. 
Alejandro Ingelmo
Alexis Bittar
Alice + Olivia
Assembly
Barneys New York
Botkier
Coach
The Coveteur
Dannijo
eBay
Erica Weiner
Erin Fetherston and Christian Siriano
Fashion GPS
The Fashion Law
Gap Inc.
Gemma Redux
GILT CITY
Joan Hornig Jewelry
Juicy Couture
ISAORA
Kohl’s
Limited Brands Inc.
Macy’s
Mara Hoffman
Monique Lhuillier
Natori
Rachel Comey
rag & bone
Ralph Lauren
Rebecca Minkoff
Ross Stores Inc.
Scoop NYC
Shipley & Halmos
Sigerson Morrison
Soho Grand Hotel
Starwood Hotels and Resorts
StyleBop
Target
Thakoon
Theory
TOMS Shoes
Tory Burch
United Bamboo
Zero Maria Cornejo
(Photo: Carlos Ayala via CFDA)

Fashion Industry Gets Together for Sandy

By Jauretsi

Do you live on the Eastern Seaboard (South Carolina to Maine) and have been too busy to drop work duties to go volunteer on Sandy relief efforts? Do you live anywhere outside this area and feel powerless to help victims of the storm? The good news is you don’t have to feel guilty anymore. In fact, we encourage you to go out shopping and spend furiously, taking into account that the designers listed below are ALL donating funds towards Sandy relief.

The list below is culled from the CFDA website, who listed all their designer members’ strategies for donating funds. Some are sending 10% proceeds while others are using donations to organize their staff members to help firsthand. For a detailed list of each designer’s contribution, visit CFDA: The Fashion Industry Responds to Hurricane Sandy.

[MORE]

These links below should be your digital shopping mall this season, since each and every designer is doing their part to give back to those in need this holiday season. 

Alejandro Ingelmo

Alexis Bittar

Alice + Olivia

Assembly

Barneys New York

Botkier

Coach

The Coveteur

Dannijo

eBay

Erica Weiner

Erin Fetherston and Christian Siriano

Fashion GPS

The Fashion Law

Gap Inc.

Gemma Redux

GILT CITY

Joan Hornig Jewelry

Juicy Couture

ISAORA

Kohl’s

Limited Brands Inc.

Macy’s

Mara Hoffman

Monique Lhuillier

Natori

Rachel Comey

rag & bone

Ralph Lauren

Rebecca Minkoff

Ross Stores Inc.

Scoop NYC

Shipley & Halmos

Sigerson Morrison

Soho Grand Hotel

Starwood Hotels and Resorts

StyleBop

Target

Thakoon

Theory

TOMS Shoes

Tory Burch

United Bamboo

Zero Maria Cornejo

(Photo: Carlos Ayala via CFDA)

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Creative PayPals for Sandy

By Jauretsi

"This is what $1300 buys you at Costco" writes photographer and T Magazine contributor iO Tillett Wright (seen above). “We did a Home Depot run just before and [now] we’ve got a load of supplies. Thank you for your PayPal donations!”. Within the last 48 hours, a ton of creative New Yorker’s have taken relief efforts into their own hands, and asked friends to donate to individual PayPal accounts for “same day collecting, buying, and delivering” to devastated areas — bureaucracy free. iO and her friends have named themselves Renegade Sandy Relief, hash-tag #RSR for those who care to follow their productivity. iO’s PayPal email is selfevidentsales@gmail.com. You can follow her on Instagram or Twitter at @iolovesyou to see her daily runs. 

Sidra Durst, of The Museum of Food and Drink, is working under the PayPal address ktbenner@gmail.com and sends out reports after a days work. Their in-depth blog can be read at Sandy Sucks Tumblr. She also mentioned two other PayPal accounts accepting funds for guerilla efforts. One address is amconant@gmail.com (Angela at Gowanus studios) who is “coordinating efforts for drivers and supplies”. The other PayPal address is 596acres@gmail.com (596 acres) who Sidra affirms is “in good contact with the community of Rock” (as in, Rockaway Beach).

Why take a risk on these people? From Sidra’s experience on the field all day… [MORE] she explains that “self-organized groups are providing the fastest response in many of the hard-hit communities around New York — I will vouch for this in the Rockaways, Broad Channel, Red Hook.” She adds, “traditional disaster aid groups appear too slow to mobilize in these neighborhoods, and until they get their infrastructure set up, donations and time are better spent at the grassroots level.” The process might seem a little too casual, but evidence of your donation is shared immediately via personal Twitter or Instagram accounts. 

Another group of indie relief workers are the Rockaway Beach Surf Club on 87th and Rockaway. Colin Tunstall, founder of surf brand Saturdays, states that the RBSC “has great organization for handing the right supplies to people that need them, and directing help to places that can use it.” He recommends checking their website for daily updates at www.RockawayHelp.com.

Feel free to reach any of these indie teams directly to drop a dime in their PayPal accounts. If you donate today, the supplies will reach the people today. Fast turnaround. If you feel safer donating to a larger organization, visit Occupy Sandy Relief on Facebook whom iO cheers as “doing great things”. Their twitter handle is @OccupySandy

PayPal themselves are mobilizing and created an informative page that allows you to donate directly to major organizations from Red Cross to The Humane Society. It’s important to note that these more established organizations are doing great things in the outer boroughs in conjunction with the self-organized guerilla teams. Visit PayPal Donations to view how they raised $334,257 so far, with shout-outs to personal PayPal users. We’re all in this together!

(Photo: 1. Boardwalk at 88th Street, Rockaway Beach, taken by @SaturdaysNYC Instagram. 2. iO Tillett Wright sits on her shopping carts purchased with Paypal donations @iolovesyou Instagram)

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Be Prepared for Frankenstorm!
By Jenny Bahn
As Hurricane Sandy (nicknamed Frankenstorm) bore down on the East Coast, we were all reminded how important it is to be prepared. Food and water are just the starters; there are countless other things to consider (just like our parents always told us). If putting a kit together on your own is too much of a task, there are several people on eBay who are keen to do it for you. For about $52, you can buy a 72-hour emergency kit, complete with things you’d never even think you’d need. If you’re in the market to make your own, take a look at these backpacks from Archival in which to hold all your gear. They used waxed fabrics, making them durable and weather-ready.
To view more of Archival’s selections, visit them online.

Be Prepared for Frankenstorm!

By Jenny Bahn

As Hurricane Sandy (nicknamed Frankenstorm) bore down on the East Coast, we were all reminded how important it is to be prepared. Food and water are just the starters; there are countless other things to consider (just like our parents always told us). If putting a kit together on your own is too much of a task, there are several people on eBay who are keen to do it for you. For about $52, you can buy a 72-hour emergency kit, complete with things you’d never even think you’d need. If you’re in the market to make your own, take a look at these backpacks from Archival in which to hold all your gear. They used waxed fabrics, making them durable and weather-ready.

To view more of Archival’s selections, visit them online.