As many of my readers already know, I have had the very great blessing of being treated at the Cleveland Clinic's Autonomic Laboratory. (Yes, its as complex as it sounds). I also have family and friends who live in the great state of Ohio. So today's charity spotlight will be focused on a group working exclusively in the state of Ohio.
Touching Little Lives or TLL was established in the year 2000 by Marianne Doty. Its purpose is to assist in providing for the needs of needy preterm and newborn infants all over the state of Ohio. It is in fact a registered 501c3 charity in the state of Ohio. Overseen by a board of trustees TLL is an extremely well organized group with an excellent reputation within the fiber arts community.
Why is TLL so important and why should I as a New Yorker be supporting TLL in Ohio? I'll quote directly from their site: "According to the March of Dimes, in Ohio the preterm birthrate was 12% of all babies born which is graded as a "C" when compared to other US states. This translates to 1 in every 8 babies (15,000) born early each year in Ohio. Ohio ranks 35th among states in the % of babies born with low birth weight. These tiny infants are often admitted to our local Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU). Their extremely small size makes it difficult to find clothing that fits, and when it can be found, is often beyond the affordable range of many families. Every item which we provide is completely free of charge and no one in our organization receives any salary or compensation for their work. Every penny donated is spent on providing for these little lives. This is truly a charity of the heart, our reward being the personal satisfaction of helping those too young and fragile to help themselves."
(http://www.touchinglittlelives.org/mission.html ) I cannot think of a better reason. TLL focuses 100% of its funds and donations on needy babies. It is completely supported through donations and all the staff volunteer their time.
Where does TLL serve in Ohio? The list is EXTENSIVE. I am amazed at how much this organization does through its outreach to THIRTY- FIVE agencies throughout Ohio. Here is a list: http://www.touchinglittlelives.org/agencies.html As you can see its an enormous effort. It requires an enormous work force. Interested in joining the work? http://www.touchinglittlelives.org/help.html
Fiber artists are some of the single most generous group of people I have ever had the pleasure of being associated with but even if you aren't able to knit or crochet there's still plenty of work to be done: http://www.touchinglittlelives.org/make.html So jump in with BOTH hands! :)
Thanks to Touching Little Lives 36,000 items were donated to make the lives of our littlest citizens easier. Their love, generosity, and tenacity of purpose is inspiring! Join their facebook community, you'll be astonished. https://www.facebook.com/touchinglittlelives?fref=ts
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