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
As the world turns their eyes and their hearts towards the Haitian
people, our members are there as well, each in their own way.
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
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.
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