When I was in high school, my friends and I would sometimes take the train into New York City on a Saturday and wander around Greenwich Village. We’d pop into vintage stores looking for the perfect broken-in Levis, try on Dr. Martens at overstocked shoe stores, and smell fancy candles and hand lotions we couldn’t afford to buy.
It was the mid-90s, the era of grunge and overpowering bath products. It was also the era of the supermodel: Naomi, Cindy, Claudia, Linda. And my favorite, Christy.
It just so happens that on one of these Village excursions, our group had a huge celebrity sighting: Christy Turlington. We were walking in the opposite direction, and I immediately turned and trailed her for a block or two. I needed to see if she was just as beautiful in person as she was in my magazines.
The verdict? Absolutely.
While I wouldn’t go so far as to call myself a fangirl, I’ve always admired Christy for her beauty and her brains. In the midst of a wildly successful modeling career, she went to NYU to earn her bachelor’s degree. She also made the smart choice of marrying Edward Burns, who, ahem, isn’t too bad looking himself.
And among her many humanitarian activities, Christy is the founder of Every Mother Counts, a non-profit dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
Every two minutes a woman dies from complications related to pregnancy or childbirth. That’s 800 women a day.
– Christy Turlington Burns
The more I learn about EMC’s efforts to improve maternal health, the more inspired I am to get involved. And one fun way I found to support EMC is the just-released “Oh Baby” kit, a collaboration between Every Mother Counts and Wool and the Gang.
If you want to learn how to crochet, the “Oh Baby” set is available as a crochet kit with all of the supplies you need to craft your own hat, bib, and booties. Plus, like all of Wool and the Gang’s products, it can be purchased as a ready-made set if handling a crochet hook isn’t your thing.
Either way, Wool and the Gang will donate 25% of the proceeds to Every Mother Counts to support programs addressing education, transportation, and supplies.
Are you a knitter or a crocheter? If not, would you be interested in learning how to knit or crochet?
(This is not a sponsored post.)