During a phone conversation with my Mom the other day, she sadly told me that the charitable organization she works with that provides handmade baby items to area hospitals is temporarily shutting down. WHY??? was my astonished response. This particular organization is doing such an incredible work providing needed items for so many families with babies in intensive care units and families with multiples, why would they suspend their work??
It turns out, there was a poorly written and hastily passed law that goes into effect in February that has charitable organizations such as my Mom’s who provide handmade items for children shutting down until they get further clarification on how it impacts them. It also has all the small toy manufacturers in an uproar. The law was intended to provide regulations for large toy manufacturers to hopefully prevent a repeat of all the issues we had coming from China in the past year. However, the wording of the law is so vague that it could be interpreted to apply to ALL items made by ALL people that are intended for children. The testing that this law requires is so expensive that it has the potential to shut down many reputable, trust-worthy small toy shops as well as charitable organizations who are providing precious handmade items for free to families who desperately need the help.
PLEASE, take a moment and check out these links, and then write letters to your senators and congressmen. I wrote both of my senators using the forms on their websites. It took me less than 15 minutes. I value the ability to purchase handmade items from small shops, not to mention being able to make things of my own to give to the children I love. If left unchanged, this law could have disastrous results, limiting our options to the giant manufacturers. Please act now before it’s too late!