Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Calling All Knitters & Crocheters!

Two more days to make your purchase count. We are still donating 25% of our sales (through Wednesday 9/7) to the Vermont Foodbank. But here's another way you can help!

India, who used to work at our shop and then went on to continue teaching classes for us for several years, has relatives in Moretown, Vermont who were directly affected by Hurricane Irene. She's doing something to help, and we're trying to get the word out for her.

She just sent me an email yesterday and said, "We are feeling shell shocked here. Andy's down in Moretown today. The help and community response has been so wonderful, and then I remember the scope of the devastation and I just want to crawl into a hole. Doing the Warm Hats thing helps and gives me something positive to focus on."

Here is a message from India to our customers and community:

On August 28, Hurricane Irene visited Vermont. Although my town was spared the worst, many towns throughout the state suffered devastating flooding. My husband’s brother, sister, and mother narrowly escaped the rising waters of the Mad River, which inundated their home and their village, soaking everything in its path, taking out roads and bridges, and leaving behind inches of muck and piles of debris. 

My family was lucky. Many of their things, including their clothing, are salvageable. But many others are not so fortunate. Though it is still quite warm here, we all know that soon the weather will turn much colder, and people will reach for that favorite sweater or scarf, only to remember that it’s gone. 

I’m collecting donations of hand knit hats, scarves, mittens, sweaters, socks, blankets, baby items, and knitted toys, items for anyone from babies through adults, to distribute to flood survivors in Vermont and upstate New York. If you would like to ply your needles for people in need, please contact me, India Tresselt, at warmhearts2@gmail.com. Thank you! 

If anyone would like to drop things off at the Kyarns shop, we're happy to get them to India. Thanks!

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