Warm Up America!, the national charity program that has provided hundreds of thousands of hand knitted and crocheted afghans to people in need, recently announced the appointment of three new members to its Board of Directors: celebrated ready-to-wear designer and television personality, Isaac Mizrahi, noted pediatrician and writer Dr, Perri Klass, and Dr. Joyce Brown, president of the Fashion Institute of Technology.
They join Jane Chesnutt, Editor-in-Chief of Woman’s Day Magazine, and Debbie Macomber, best-selling women’s fiction writer.
“We are delighted to welcome Mr. Mizrahi, Dr. Klass and Dr. Brown to Warm Up America!,” says David Blumenthal, president of the Warm Up America! Foundation. “Mr. Mizrahi’s design inspiration and positive comments about knitting will be invaluable to helping spread the word about the program. Dr. Klass’s expertise, coupled with Dr. Brown’s knowledge of educational channels, will be instrumental in guiding the Foundation’s efforts to bring the program to schools around the country,” explains Blumenthal.
Blumenthal also recently announced the availability of public service ads to help promote Warm Up America! program. Digital artwork, in different file formats, is available by contacting the Foundation office.
Knitters and crocheters across the country came together twelve years ago when Warm Up America! asked them to stitch afghans for the homeless, and their numbers have been growing ever since. This national charity program, started in Wausau, WI, in the early 1990s by Evie Rosen, now provides hundreds of thousands of hand-knitted and crocheted afghans to people in need.
The Foundation’s goal is to motivate, train, and coordinate volunteers to knit and crochet afghans and clothing for people in need. It’s a wonderful program for groups to adopt, no matter what their age.
For more information about the Foundation and ways to contribute to this program, log on to: www.WarmUpAmerica.org or write to: Warm Up America! 2500 Lowell Rd., Gastonia, NC 28054, 704-824-7838.