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TNNA Members do their own things to Support Haiti

Posted By Sherry Mulne, Offinger Management Co., Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Updated: Sunday, August 21, 2011

It's long been known, needle arts enthusiasts, those who love to stitch, come forward to help others in times of crisis.

It's no surprise TNNA members have always exemplified this focus on the health and well being of others. TNNA Cares, the humanitarian outreach arm of our association, continues to help promote and publicize these efforts.

As the world turns their eyes and their hearts towards the Haitian people, our members are there as well, each in their own way.
 Here are just a few that have come to my attention:

Knitting Fever Inc (KFI), a TNNA wholesale member, is offering to match dollar for dollar all contributions made to one of three Haiti relief funds (American Red Cross,
 Doctors Without Borders
, Direct Relief International), up to fifty thousand dollars received. In order to be counted in this generous matching offer, checks need to be made out to one of the three charities and sent to KFI, 315 Bayview Ave., Amityville NY 11701.

Y2Knit in Funkstown MD, a retail yarn shop, also sent me an email about selected patterns for sale with donations going to either Doctors without Border or Save the Children.

Another email I received touched even closer to home. Susan and Abby Karten of Voila!, a well known TNNA Needlepoint finishing company, sent out an email letting everyone know their Haitian partners, who are part of their stitching operations, are thankfully safe. Obviously, there may be some delays in the days to come, but everyone's patience and support is appreciated. They urged everyone, as well, to donate to the charity of their choice to help in this time of need.

We'd like to suggest the following . . . just to make sure your good will gets to the right place.

  • Consider 
making monetary donations – even though you'd love to send a hand knitted or stitched item, most of the relief organizations don't have the facilities or staff to deal with this type of material.
  • Donate money directly to an existing relief organization.
  • Don't limit the use to rescue efforts only. Rebuilding will also require funds.

I'm sure there are many other TNNA members who are doing their own thing to help the people of Haiti. Please let us know who you are and what you're doing so we can help spread the word.

If you have an idea for a program or project the association might want to launch, and you'd like to help us get the job done, let us know. TNNA is here to help make our members' ideas and passions come to life.

Tags:  Abby Karten  American Red Cross  crisis  Direct Relief Internatinal  Doctors without borders  Haiti  needlearts for a cause  Needlepoint  Susan Karten  Voila 

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