Our mission is to create a lifelong love of sports. Like all of you, we were heartbroken to witness the events in Ukraine over the last two weeks. We needed to do something to help, so we decided to use our resources to create a brand new design collection solely in support of the people of Ukraine, and, as always, we will donate 100% of profits from this collection to help support a worthy cause - in this case The Voices of Children Charitable Foundation. Tiny Turnip chose this charity specifically because they use the arts to help children overcome psychological damage from traumatic military conflicts. Voices of Children is especially geared toward helping children who find it difficult to describe in words their emotions, feelings, fears. For many of us, art is an amazing outlet to work through the emotions born from trauma, and we know first-hand how beneficial the arts can be in healing the heart and soul of children. Designed by Rachel Luzi, this design collection features a heart in the colors of the Ukrainian flag, being held up and supported by people of all nations. In the middle of the heart we have drawn in the words “Slava Ukraini” which translates to “Glory to Ukraine,” a slogan for Ukrainian solidarity. Our design simultaneously conveys a show of support for the Ukrainian people, awareness of this cause, and love for the children of Ukraine. The tragic events in Ukraine offer the space for the world to come together to support Ukrainian citizens in their struggles, honor their loved one’s memories, and spread awareness in their names. The money we raise will allow The Voices of Children Charitable Foundation to contribute to the healthy development of children, and in turn all of Ukrainian society, over the coming years. Thank you for helping us support this worthy cause. Slava Ukraini! - Tiny Turnip Team
We love children, and we hate cancer. Pediatric Cancer is a killer that does not discriminate. It affects children regardless of their age, gender, race or socioeconomic class. The month of September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, and Tiny Turnip is partnering with Rady Children’s Hospital, Major League Baseball players and their families across the league, including the Crawford and the McCutchen families, to raise funds and awareness. In this season, when we are unable to visit in person, and so many feel isolated and alone, we hope to shower these children with virtual love and support from around the country! We hope through this collaboration we will bring more awareness to these precious children and their families and hope to come closer to a cure. We invite you to get involved and help us Catch a Cure! "These children are our heroes. They inspire us to find ways to help find a cure for them." Pediatric cancer has always tugged at the hearts of the Crawford family. This cause has touched us personally with close family and friends. Our angels help us continue to fight to help prevent other families going through hardships that come with pediatric cancer. Over the years we have been inspired by the Posey family and all their efforts with pediatric cancer through their BP28 charity. As well as the McCutchen family who regularly visit cancer patients and love on the children in the hospitals. We have also been able to donate personal funds on a yearly basis as well as through our Brandon Crawford Baseball Camp. The McCutchen's feel truly blessed to be a part of something that raises awareness for pediatric cancer. "It is unfathomable what these children and their families have to go through, the battle they get up every day and fight. To be even the smallest bit of help in the finding of a cure, is an absolute honor. We have been drawn to this cause and it is so very dear to our hearts. As parents with kids of our own, we will do anything we can to help the fight so that these beautiful children will suffer no more." Over the years, Tiny Turnip has created characters and artwork for children battling cancer, including children of Major League Baseball players. Founder and artist, Rachel Luzi and family have several dear friends who’s children were lost to cancer. “Using my gift to be able to create artwork and characters for these children and their families, has been a tangible way to show love and impact their lives while getting other’s involved in showing support as well.” "Mighty Miles" and "Team Adri" were a couple of those collaborations, that allowed MLB players across the leagues to show support to the families of teamates during their battle. Miles was lost to cancer in 2018 and his family has since started their foundation Smiles 4 Miles. After five years, Adri relapsed in June 2020, and is again fighting a brave battle against leukemia. The idea behind the “Catch A Cure" artwork was envisioned by partners, Jalynne Crawford and Rachel Luzi. Since the color for pediatric cancer is gold, Jalynne thought of a Gold Glove catching a ball, with the slogan "Catch a Cure." Rachel drew it up and the details include two gold ribbons and nine words that describe these brave children with “hero" in the center. Nine words were chosen because Sept is the the 9th month of the year, there are nine players on the baseball field and nine innings in a game. 100% of Profits from the sale of items in the “Catch A Cure” collection will benefit The Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital – San Diego. The Peckham Center is home to a full range of specialized cancer treatments and hematology services, as well as psychosocial resources, life-after-cancer programs and pace-setting clinical research. As a not-for-profit hospital that ranks among the top pediatric hospitals in the country, Rady Children's relies on philanthropy to continue to provide world-class care to more than 250,000 children each year. Only 4% of federal cancer funding supports Pediatric Cancer Rady Children’s Hospital is the largest children’s hospital in CA and treats more than 237,000 kids each year – that’s enough to fill Petco Park 6 times! Nearly every day at Rady Children’s, a family learns their child has cancer All funds raised will support Rady Children’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders where philanthropy is crucial to provide the best care to patients Philanthropy supports programs that are not covered by insurance, such as integrative medicine, healing touch therapy, canine therapy visits, and oncology research We hope that you will help us “Catch A Cure" by purchasing items from our website and sharing this blog post and collaboration on your social media and in your communities around the country! Together we can make a difference, bring smiles to these beautiful children faces and get closer to catching a cure! Thank you! Jalynne Crawford
As you may or may not know, I lost my brother in 2018 to suicide. Over the past few years since that tragic day, I’ve learned that struggles with mental health are far too common. In the United States, almost half of adults will experience a mental health illness during their lifetime. Yet the stigmas attached to them cause many of these people to suffer in silence, which can be debilitating and even deadly. This is why Mike & I continue to partner with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and help raise awareness for the many Americans who may feel alone in their struggles. You are NEVER alone.
The CDC is now recommending that the general public wear cloth or fabric face masks during social distancing. The CDC says that when outside in public or in grocery stores, the general population should wear fabric masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19. It is mainly to add extra protection while practicing social distancing and prevent those who have the virus - and might not even know it - from spreading the infection to others. Over 20% of COVID-19 carriers are completely asymptomatic - and can still spread the disease to others through droplet or skin contact. The great news is that these fabric masks can easily be made at home in as little as 30 minutes with a few pieces of scrap fabric you probably have around the house! We wanted to share with you step by step instructions and a little tutorial on how to do so. We would love to see your results, so please take pictures and send them to us at email@example.com or tag us @tinyturnip on Facebook or Instagram. If you are unable to sew your own, no sweat, we have pre-made masks for sale on our website (and 100% of the profits go to COVID-19 Relief Charities!) If you are an essential worker and need a mask or know of an essential worker who needs a mask and can not afford to purchase one please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll do our best to get you one! Team Tiny Turnip and our families worked over the week to sew some to donate to our local grocery store clerks in San Clemente, CA. We dropped the first ones off today, and they were a big hit and made the cashiers so happy:-) Step-By-Step Guide for Sewing your Own Fabric Mask: We are using our “Melon Head” Fabric. This mask and others are available for purchase on our website (100% of Proceeds go to COVID-19 Charities!) THE SUPPLIES YOU'LL NEED: cotton fabric (If you don’t have fabric, re-purpose what you do have like old sheets, old t-shirts etc…) scissors pins measuring tape or ruler sewing machine wire (18 - 20 gage is good. This can even be a straightened paper clip) 4 fabric ties: 18” long OR 2 elastic strips 7” each ( elastic is hard to come by as it is being used for much needed medical masks) STEP 1: Cut a rectangle out of the fabric of your choice. adult: 16” long x 8.5” wide kids: 14” long x 6.5” wide STEP 2: Fold the fabric in half and pin it with a 2” opening. STEP 3: Move the opening to the center and sew along the top, creating a small casing to slide the metal nose piece into. STEP 4: Insert your metal wire into the casing and position it into the center. Tack it into place by sewing each side of the casing shut. STEP 5: Sew your fabric ties. STEP 6: Pin the ties to the corners of the mask laying flat and tuck the straps into the center. Sew the sides of the mask closed. STEP 7: Pull the ties out of the 2” opening and turn the entire mask, right side out. STEP 8: Fold even pleats and pin down in place. Final length for adult should measure about 3.75” STEP 9: Sew the pleats down on each side, removing the pins as you go. STEP 10: Now, trim any threads and inspect your creation! FITTING NOTES: When you try on your mask, please do the following for maximum effectiveness: Bend the metal piece above your nose, so it fits nice and firm with no gaps. The folds on the outside of the mask should be going downward ( so not to catch any droplets. The inside folds will be going upward, and there is a hole if you would like to insert any additional filter. WEARING NOTES: Before and after you wear your mask, wash and dry it. If you are the ironing type, you can do that as well! BONUS STEP: Give yourself a pat on the back for your amazing accomplishment and for helping to keep yourself, your family, and everyone else safer! We hope you enjoyed these instructions and that you have fun making these masks while helping to flatten the curve. Here are some pictures of my family making masks and memories together. Please feel free to share this page with your friends, and If you do decide to make some masks, please share your photos with us! We would love to see both your work in progress and your final masterpieces! Please email them to us at email@example.com, or post to Instagram and Facebook and tag us @tinyturnip Remember… Stay home if you can! And if you have to venture out… wear a mask, wash your hands, keep your distance and stay safe! Thanks so much! xo Rachel, Jalynne and Team Tiny Turnip!