In January 2017 we launched our We Care Wednesday initiative. By donating 5% of our sales each Wednesday, we were able to raise $800 for Food for Free. This kind of targeted weekly giving is just another way we can focus our community-based business on doing good in all the ways we can.
We are pleased to announce that in February, the recipient of our fundraising effort will be local non-profit, Transition House.
I (Virginia) was fortunate enough to march with my friends on Saturday, January 21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. I found myself traveling with a Thai immigrant who voted for the first time on November 8, 2016, a Cuban-American who has spent most of her adult life fighting for the disenfranchised, and a die-hard Vermont Bernie-supporter. We have all known (or known of) each other for years now. We have never gone an epic road-trip together or attended a political rally with one another. We all wanted to March on Washington.
We know that many of us wish we could do more right now. Each day we knit. Nearly the entire gather here staff has been knitting pussy hats for those who cannot knit. These hats will be worn in solidarity on Saturday, January 21, 2017 when thousands will march in Washington DC and sister cities across the country. We plot out our resistance banners - cutting out felt letters and stitching them onto linen, homage to the suffragettes. We channel our craft skills into ways to announce our commitment to equality and hope.
We've asked members of the gather here community to share why they are marching or making something for the march. These stories are part of the daily reminder that none of us is alone. And that ultimately, we are in this together.