One of my favorite things about crafty people is that they tend to be inherently giving beings. It’s for this reason that I post a request; I need your help. I’m looking for product donations for a silent auction to benefit the medical fund for my dear, childhood friend, Jason Orpe. Knitted hats, signed copies of craft books, crocheted booties, sewn purses, art pieces–whatever you’ve got and are willing to part with for a good cause–would be much appreciated!
Jason in 2008
Jason was recently diagnosed with ALS (aka Lou Gehrig’s Disease), a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. He’s 35. He’s newly married. He and his wife have a beautiful, baby son. He’s dying.
As the disease quickly takes hold of his body, his old friends–many of us who were there when he scored his first soccer goal, danced his first slow-dance, and sipped his first beer–are rallying together to do what we can to take financial stress off of his young family so they can concentrate on their remaining time together.
Jason at my backyard party in 7th grade
At the end of this month there will be a fundraising event, “The Jason Orpe Mojo Fest“, held in Torrance, CA (our home town). All items you donate will be auctioned off at the event (unsold items will later be included in an online auction), with proceeds funneled directly to the Orpe family.
To participate in the benefit, please send your product offerings by AUGUST 27thto:
c/0 Jeanne Nishida
14927 La Salle Ave
Gardena, CA 90247
If you’re unable to donate a physical item but would still like to help, you can also donate money directly to Jason’s medical fund by clicking on the button below. $5, $10, $20–no amount is too small.
It's almost July and that means it's time to debut YarnYAY!’s Fall/Winter Designer in Residence - the amazing, vibrant, and talented, Toni Lipsey aka @tlyarncrafts ! We're big fans of her work in both the crochet and Tunisian crochet realms and couldn't be more thrilled to have her on the design team for the season.
✨This means that, as of our July box (on sale now) YarnYAY! subscribers will receive one of her patterns, designed especially for us! 🧶
Welcome Toni, we’re thrilled to have you as part of the team! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
The majority share of the knitting, crochet, and crafts industries, and the community that supports them, are women and non-binary folk with uteruses. After yesterday's devastating supreme court decision, essentially removing women's constitutional rights over our own bodies, need to support one another. We need to love each other enough to not give up. I see you. My heart is with you.
Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to be on a Zoom action-meeting run by a major women's healthcare organization. We feel powerless, but one of the suggestions they gave for things we can do is to donate to grass-root organizations that focus on women's healthcare clinics.
𝗦𝘁𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗼𝗻, 𝟭𝟬𝟬% 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗳𝗶𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗯𝗿𝗮𝗻𝗱-𝗻𝗲𝘄, 𝗹𝗮𝗿𝗴𝗲 𝗬𝗮𝗿𝗻𝗬𝗔𝗬! 𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗼 𝗯𝗮𝗴𝘀 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝘁𝗼 @keepourclinics It'𝘀 𝗮 𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴, 𝗯𝘂𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗱𝗼 𝘁𝗼 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆.
(Go to the link I’m my @vickiehowell bio to shop).
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