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Update and first pinch-hits
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rane_ab wrote in help_haiti
Hi everyone!

This post is mostly an update since we can't answer screened comments without temporarily unscreening them, and inform each of you personally.

At this point, we have contacted all of the offerers mentioned in the comments by PM and e-mail when both were available. Comments that have been posted in the past week were treated today, so we're obviously still waiting for some offerers to get back to us; answers from offerers we've contacted shortly after the previous post keep trickling in, as well, so you'll only find a short list with confirmed defaults below right now. We'll be posting a much longer list including the offers for which the offerers have not got back to us in about a week.

We're also up to date with the messages we have been sent - if an offerer got back to us (and thank you to everyone who did so quickly!), we've informed the bidder about the status of the offer. Because we've been told by so many people that e-mails and even PMs got lost, I've made a point of answering all incoming messages - unless they were a reply to a reply and everything was settled - so if you've sent us an e-mail or PM and have not received an answer, please do let us know so we can double-check that we have received it.

Without further ado, here is the brief list of confirmed defaults we have so far:

If you are able to help fulfil any of these requests, that would be absolutely wonderful. The offerers who have had to default did so with good reason, but it would be great if we could still give the generous bidders something in return for their donations. Some offers were intended for several bidders; if you can complete the offer for all of them, that's great, but we are just as grateful if you can help just one of the bidders. Hopefully, together, we can get all the offers filled.

If you can fulfil any of the offers, please let us know by replying to this post, and by which date you think you can complete it (we were thinking a month to six weeks seemed reasonable, but it might depend on the offer). A big thank you to everyone who has already contacted us to offer their services, and to anyone who can help! If you'd like to help but are unable to fulfil any of the above requests, there will be a much greater diversity of offers in need of pinch-hits in our next post.

Any questions/remarks/concerns are welcome as well!

ETA: We have a question! Does anyone have any experience mailing off baked goods? How would one go about that?

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For baked goods, how exactly would they be delivered? I can bake, but I'm not sure how I would send a pan of brownies in the mail.

Good question! To be honest, I'm not a baking specialist myself, so I'm not entirely sure. I would guess seal it properly and send it off in a package? That's why we've added the region, because they probably wouldn't survive a long travel. I'll add the question to the post, maybe someone has more experience with it. :o) (And thank you already for offering!)

Brownies are easy to ship. You can wrap them up in foil and plastic wrap and then put them in a box so they don't move or get a cookie tin and put them in there and again make sure there is no wiggle room by using waxed paper or foil, etc.

What I've done to mail cookies is put them in a ziplock bag, put the bag in one of those padded mail envelopes, tape it very well, and hope they're not in too many pieces when they arrive. Brownies would work the same way, I'd think.

I ship baked good all the times to friends so what I typically do is

1. I buy cheap containers like - http://www.glad.com/containers/ and then pack them in with a layer of wax paper/foil

2. Cookie tins- work well too again line with a layer of wax paper/foil ( I had a ton from my neighbor wh gave them to me free from the garage sale, alas I have no more)

then pack in a box, depending on how deep the box is and what type of cookie I will then add newspaper/bubble wrap on top and/or around the cookies. Also USPS priority mail can be the cheapest shipping but I would check your weight before you assume that.. and if it cheaper than ask for one of the flat rate boxes

I will alwways write perishable around the shipping carton.

With brownies I would cut them up in 2'' squyares and then wrap em up in wax paper. Then put then in the container may.

I personally do not like the idea of enevelope unless y ou aleady have them ina tin or platic container first.

oh and if you can put a piece of bread in the container to help keep the cookies fresh.
hope that helps.

Yeah, I second the "no envelope" thing. You never ever want to send anything breakable in a soft envelope. I keep telling my customers not to send *books* in padded envelopes because I know what mail goes through on its way to the recipient and... yeah. Boxes are our friends. With lots of padding.

And don't bake anything that's sensitive to changes in temperature...

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