Hello everyone. Thanks for coming back and reading my blog. If you are new, welcome. It is a pleasure to have you here. It has been a few weeks since I have added to the posts. Lately, my weeks have been filled with business travel and personal travel. If you want to catch up with me, take a look at my Floss Tube videos for the latest and greatest. The highlight of the last few weeks, however, was my trip to Stitch Con 2021 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was a wonderful experience and I met amazing women who stitch beautiful designs. I can’t wait to return in 2022. During StitchCon, attendees at both weekends were successful in raising $10K for a local charity, which was amazing. This brings me to the topic of this blog.
Over the last year, I have made a point of increasing my charitable donations, personally and professionally. When I set up Salty Stitcher Designs, it was important to me to include charitable donations in the business plan from the very beginning and bake it into every process. Each month, I will select a reputable charity to provide a portion of all Salty Stitcher Designs proceeds to. This will include but not be limited to: Pattern and Accessory Sales, Donations to Buy Me a Frame, Patreon subscriptions, and Ad revenue.
In June, I selected the Coast Guard Mutual Assistance Fund which is near and dear to my heart. As a member of the U.S. Coast Guard, it is important to me to take care of the men and women with whom I serve. I made an individual donation of $25 for the month of June. Thank you to those who donated or purchased patterns from my sites.
Over the course of the pandemic, I watched homeless populations around the cities of Philadelphia and Los Angeles grow exponentially. It became readily apparent in 2020 and 2021, that pandemic struggles were not just mental but physical, impacting the ability for some to feed their families and provide shelter.
For July, I selected the Feeding America charity. Please consider the following information pulled directly from the Feeding America website:
Millions of children and families living in America face hunger and food insecurity every day.
- Due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, more than 42 million people may experience food insecurity, including a potential 13 million children.
- The pandemic has most impacted families that were already facing hunger or one paycheck away from facing hunger.
- According to the USDA’s latest Household Food Insecurity in the United States report, more than 35 million people in the United States experienced hunger in 2019.
- Households with children are more likely to experience food insecurity. Before the coronavirus pandemic, more than 10 million children live in food-insecure households.
- Every community in the country is home to families who face hunger including rural and suburban communities.
- Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and visit their local food banks and other food programs for extra support.
- The rates of food insecurity are much higher for African American, Latino, and Native American families because of systemic racial injustice. To achieve a hunger-free America, we must address the root causes of hunger and structural and systemic inequities.
Please keep an eye peeled for new patterns in the shop. I am working on a design that will include a quote by the great Maya Angelou. That is all I will give away for now but stay tuned. Also, I have updated the Under The Sea Pattern and should be finished the stitching it this week. I hope to have an FFO to show you in the next three weeks.
Until next blog. Have a great week!