Butterscotch Press + Haiti Aid

January 20, 2010  |  Southern Fete News

My thoughts are a little all over the place but I’ll do my best to reign it in.

At MTH2010, we talked about our life purpose, not just our business. My purpose is bigger than planning weddings. And this morning I actually prayed that I would get out of my wedding box today. It wasn’t more than an hour later when I heard about the aftershock in Haiti. It apparently wasn’t too threatening but it kept my mind on a tragedy I had kind of put out of my mind. We also learned at MTH2010 to not just talk about something but to do it. So I’m doing that.

The church I go to has had a sister church in Picot, Haiti for over 20 years. I’ve been hearing about the poverty there since my mom first went in 95. Since then, she has gone back with my sister, and this past year with my dad and we’ve sponsored kids there for years. How do I respond to Haiti now? I gave a little money but honestly, I’d like to give more.

Four years ago, Louisiana was rocked by Katrina. I live 2 hours from New Orleans and wasn’t directly affected but began to see and feel those affects as evacuees poured into my city of Lafayette. Our church housed dozens of families in the kid’s building for weeks if not months. It was a time of incredible sacrifice by church members and incredible blessing to see God work.

Now our sister church in Picot is in a similar situation because of their close proximity to Port-au-Prince. They are in a place to serve and help those trying to recover. I know lots of people wish they can fly down there and help but can’t just pick up and go. But we can refuel and pray for those who are there aiding in relief.

For the next month (now until Feb. 20) I will be donating 20% of all Butterscotch Press sales to the effort in Picot, which will directly (and fully) go to getting supplies in the hands of the earthquake victims.

I know there are many people who obviously aren’t in need of wedding invitations. Please contact me for any type of stationary you may need and I would gladly design personal stationary, business cards, baby announcements, etc.

Go here or here for stationary.

Last week Jason Cohen (I share an office with this fab photog) offered free coffee (he has a commercial grade espresso machine and serves the best espresso in town) to those that came by and said all “tips” would go to Haiti. In two days he, along with tons of generous coffee drinkers raised over $500!

Jason used the resources he had and I want to do the same. I’m not looking to boost my business with this. I know this will require extra time. Time (and a business) I have and would love to use to step outside my wedding box.


  1. To wake up and hear about the aftershock…it is almost hard to comprehend everything they must be feeling in Haiti. I have a friend who is heading up a plane trip to Haiti for mid February and I am so proud of them for going and what they are doing to help. I only hope I can give them some supplies that will help somewhere along the line. Everyone can do something and I think it is amazing that you are donating part of your sales to the relief efforts.

  2. Great post, Valerie. Disasters (especially far away) make me feel helpless. I heard a pastor say once “You are either a “go-er” or a “sender”, but make sure to do one or the other.” Money doesn’t seem like enough, but I’m not in a position to go, so I give. And hope, and pray. Here in our own country, there are needs also, so I give my time. Every little bit we do helps, I wish people would remember that always.

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