Thursday Night Giveback

Tonight, rather than spend my money on crab claws or lobster tails or vanilla beans or porterhouse steaks, I’ll be donating the average amount of a Smackdown to Haitian earthquake relief, and I’ll add another dollar for everyone who comments on this post before Saturday at noon EST.

If you did the same on your blog – whatever you can afford, a dollar per comment, a quarter per comment, a dime per comment – we could really shake some shit up.

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What’s Gaby Cooking?

Savory Sweet Life LIMIT REACHED

Confessions of a Pioneer Woman DONE

Saffron and Blueberry

Kay at the Keyboard

Amy Leavitt

$5 Dinners

The Cooking Ninja

Does that make sense?

Mayk all day every day.

Money Saving Mom

396 thoughts on “Thursday Night Giveback

  1. Oh Goddess woman, I am in awe. Love you Michelle. Especially when you jump
    out of bed without pants to watch your ceiling rain. Hugs to the Brian.

  2. I’m sending my spending money for the month to Haiti. If anyone actually read my blog I might try your comment idea. :)

  3. This is great. I did something similar, by donating my coffee money for the next three months to Doctors Without Borders. Thanks for doing this–not just raising money, but raising awareness as well. You rock!

  4. I don’t have a blog, but that’s such a sweet idea that I’ll match you. Let me know what the total is and which organization you use. You have access to my email, right?

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  6. Now this makes the internet worthwhile! Great Idea. Don’t have a blog but I donated to Red Cross yest. Really a great idea.

  7. I LOVE that you are giving up something to help others!!! My heart completely goes out to all the families in Haiti – we just visited the island in November when we were celebrating our 1 year Wedding Anniversary and it was truly humbling then…I can only imagine what it must be like now….I am sad for everyone there, but, am amazed at how much everyone is reaching out.

    Thanks for your generosity – I posted a link on my blog to help spread the word.

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  9. Great idea. If you haven’t decided on a charity yet, might I recommend World Vision? They have great resources across the world and are in great position to get aid out quickly to those in need. Plus, they’ve been in Haiti for 30 years and have a solid relationship with the people. We sponsor a little boy in Haiti through them, and we couldn’t be happier with how they manage our donation.

  10. My thanks also. So wonderful to see people come together and help in anyway they can to help those in need.

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  12. I’m so glad to see bloggers using their pulpit and audience to give back! Thank you for your generosity, you’re an inspiration to us all!

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  14. On behalf of my friend Marjorie’s family, thank you! I’m unemployed, but I found some room to spare in my budget, too.

  15. My heart breaks too when I see those pictures of Haiti. :(

    I went and donated at, an organization begun in 2005 by Wyclef Jean, a Grammy-Award winning musician, humanitarian and Goodwill Ambassador to Haiti.

    I will keep Haiti in my prayers.

  16. You guys are all amazing, The support and caring we see generated here is what life should be about.. Congrats Michelle on having an awesome following and the good heart to do what you are doing. Cheers from Aus.. I’m donating to Red Cross

  17. Yeay for another blog doing this! I’ll add you to the list, and also there’s a photographer doing this who commented on your post too (Amy Leavitt). I’ve been trying to comment on her blog and I can’t seem to.

  18. You’re right: if everyone donated the cost of even 1 Starbucks fancy coffee, what a difference it would make.

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  21. I love the fact that not only are you willing to donate to the cause, but that you’ve helped to motivate others to do the same.

  22. I don’t know you, but I like you if just for this effort for Haiti. And your blog posts are funny.

  23. I would love to see lots of help for Haiti.
    The missions I already support there are:, and Lifeline Christian Missions.

  24. We have friends, sponsored children, and two missions we support in Haiti. Please, please continue your efforts to help them. Two we use are, and Lifeline Christian Missions. Our granddaughter was adopted from an orphanage in Haiti, and her biological family is still there.

  25. Thank you for doing – I have a collection on the counter in my cafe – all our money will make a difference – lets get it there soon!

  26. Well done. I’m on the verge of handing over every cent I have. I just feel so helpless watching the coverage. This is a great thing you’re doing.

  27. Good move. I’m about to put the same challenge on my blog; my comments won’t be nearly as many, but I’ll certainly try my best to spread the word.

  28. Terrific idea Michelle. Looks like you have many fans who think so too.
    Thanks for your generosity!

  29. I’ve been a fan for a while, but had to get off my butt and comment on this post. Thank you for doing this!

  30. This is a very gracious and great thing you’re doing thank you! My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Haiti during this devastating time.

  31. Thank you. My 2 yr old son is in an orphanage in Haiti. He is ok but they are running out of supplies. Thank you!

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  33. i’ll add my voice to the “thank you” chorus. made my donation to Doctors Without Borders — only wish I could do more.

  34. I must say that this is a great idea. There is nothing like giving to those in desperate need. I will forward it on to my friends, so this amazing gesture reaches as many ears as possible.

  35. Thank You…..Thank You..this is awesome what ya’ll are doing. So important to help those in need. God Bless You.

  36. Thank you very much for organizing this effort. Using your blog is this way helps everyone contribute. I gave you a little shout out on my blog so hopefully you will get more visitors! Thanks again.

  37. What a lovely thing to do.

    Lots of prayers to the people of Haiti and the workers who are there helping.

  38. Thank you for doing this – may our weeping drive us to our knees (Luke 13:1-5) and to our wallets (Luke 25:40).

  39. My heart is breaking for the Haitian people. I pray that the Lord will bless and keep them safe. Thank you for doing this to help!

  40. Please pray for a dear friend of mine who just return from Haiti (jusst days before the earthquake, she made it home safe): Here is a specific family to pray for, as well as praying for the entire community: (from martha) Spoke to the Pastor we serve in Haiti. Although he was far enough from the quake not to be hurt, he was very affected. This morning he received a call that this father, 2 sisters, and 1 brother were killed. He is heading to Port Au Prince to try to save his brother who is severely injured. Please pray for safe travel and for him to arrive in time.

  41. I’ve been lurking for some time, and always admire your beautiful cooking photos and posts–largely because I cannot cook a lick. Thank you for taking this tangible step to help, and for allowing us to join you.

  42. That is so kind of you. I just made my donation to the Red Cross this morning.
    You’re not only a fantastic (and funny!) cook but you’re also a fantastic (and funny!) person :)
    Keep up the good work!

  43. I think this effort is totally awesome (in the words of my granddaughter). Let’s hope it goes to the people that really need it and not into any corrupt officials. It sounds like you have that covered. Again, totally awesome girl.

  44. You’re fucking awesome.

    I’m not doing anything through my blog since I’m fairly certain no one reads it. However, I do sell gourmet food as a side job and have pledged to donate 20% (nearly all that I make) of product sold through Jan 31 to Partners in Health. Haven’t mentioned before because I’m not that much of a whore. But I will whore myself out for Haiti. Anyone is welcome to contact me if you want more details!!

  45. Thank you for doing this. And just as a reminder to everyone (not because you haven’t heard it, but maybe you haven’t done it yet) you can donate $10 to the Red Cross via cell phone by texting the word HAITI to 90999.

    Every cell phone carrier (in the US) is waiving the fees if you choose to do so.

  46. This is awesome! I’m going to donate on my own, which would be about the same as what it would be if I hosted a similar thing on my own blog, since I don’t get many comments. :) Yay for bloggers doing good things!

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  48. You’re great.

    Nobody reads my blog, but I actually WORK at a website that helps nonprofits raise money online, and it’s been amazing to watch the support just explode. Not just more people making fundraising pages for Haiti relief, but the amounts donated are amazing. Doctors Without Borders actually MAXED OUT their Haiti coffers and asked us to stop letting people make new pages for them.

    It’s amazing to see the outpouring of help and efforts like this all over the place. I like people.

  49. Can’t think of a better reason to delurk. Thank you for always making me laugh, and for being so generous.

  50. Michelle, I applaud this. This is why I love this blog. I’m doing so much giving….it’s a little at a time but it’ll do SO much.

  51. I’m curious about which charity you’ll choose. But no matter what, thank you for caring. Blessings!!

  52. Amazing, thank you so much for doing this. Can’t imagine what the people of Haiti are going through right now.

  53. I’m at work tonight, but I couldn’t resist posting when I saw the amazing thing you’re doing. Thanks for your caring heart!!

  54. You are wonderful for doing this. Thank-you for bringing attention, prayers, and money to this horrible event.

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