Many holiday shoppers took advantage of a local event in recent weeks to buy gifts and donate to a worthy cause at the same time. Some 300 people attended the third annual fundraising jewelry sale sponsored by Designs By Ruth held late last month at the Milton Hoosic Club.
Proceeds from the sale of beaded bracelets designed by Ruth Adomunes of Milton are donated to Designs By Ruth, which is committed to supporting charities that are focused on women, children and families.
Most of the funds raised are donated to the Haitian Health Foundation, an organization that is working to improve the health of the poor and sick families in the greater Jeremie area of Haiti.
Adomunes began designing and selling the bracelets for charity about four years ago. She became interested in the Haitian Health Foundation after learning about it from a co-worker and friend, Maureen McAuliffe, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she works as a nurse.
The bracelets are handmade using Swarovski pearls, Czech glass, silver-plated filigree, and silver-plated round beads. She has visited Haiti to see first-hand the living conditions of the residents as well as the impact of the donations from Designs By Ruth. The donations have served to help residents of a village called Testasse.
Â â€œThese babies are dying of starvation. Thatâ€™s why we do what we do,â€ Adomunes said.Â
Adomunes is also assisted by her neighbor and friend, Jean Graham, in her efforts to create the bracelets and organize events.
Â For more information about the program and related charities, see the website at designsbyruthjewelry.com or call 617-448-7003.
â€“ SUE ASCI