For many years, Ron and I have wanted to start a scholarship fund. What we haven’t been sure of is how to focus it. Our local art college? Textile students in general? Nothing we thought of felt right.
Until a few months ago.
We have an amazing incredible community of people here. One of the things I’m proudest of is the community that has grown around our work and how every single time someone is in crisis or needs help or is simply having a really bad day, not one…not two…but MANY of you leap to your feet to help in every possible way you can.
Do you understand how amazing that is?
A few months ago, when one of our own told our community about an issue with funding for her son’s education…something he’d been counting on…I know that many of us took that to heart. Not OUR kid. Not after all he’s worked to accomplish. Not after all he’s overcome.
And that was the spark we needed. The moment I mentioned this to Ron, he said “scholarship fund” and I knew we were on the same page.
Since then we’ve started building some ideas that will grow into this thing that we hope will expand to help more than just this special kid and his amazing family. We hope that any of you who need it will be able to access it. We will have criteria (the student or a parent are a knitter; financial need; other stuff we will figure out as this idea grows) and an application, but for now, for this first year, we will be raising some funds to help R (Destiny’s son) get the best education he can.
There are so many times in this life when unexpected things happen. When you get angry about the unfairness of it all. And we? Were really really angry. Which means we needed to do something, no matter how small. We can’t turn back time. We can’t erase what’s happened. But we can do this. Make a strong positive step forward and let R know that we…not just Ron and I, but this whole community believes in him.
And more important than the money, is that. The people it represents. When he is tired and angry and frustrated and scared, we also want him to remember that no matter what, we…all of us…have his back.
Every year after Stained Fingers Dye Camp, we sell the dyed yarns that campers don’t want to take home, and give the profits to charity. From this moment on, we will instead put those funds aside for the scholarship fund. All campers have been in on this since June and have wholeheartedly agreed. Those yarns will go on sale on our website today (August 24) at noon Eastern here.
You will note that there is also a donation item on that page. This will stay up for anyone who would prefer to make a direct donation. All of those funds will go directly to R.
There will be more coming.
Here is where we start.