Due to COVID-19 precautions, most of our in person events have been cancelled until further notice. Every year, clients tell us they look forward to our Treasury and Trade Solutions (TTS) Citi proprietary events so they can connect with our experts and network with each other. Given the current environment, we have been working hard to bring these in-person events to our clients virtually to ensure we are able to deliver them industry updates, thought leadership as well as updates on our business. That said, we are excited to introduce a program which focuses on helping front-line workers, many of whom are working away from home for long periods of time and living in hotels. For every client who attended one of our virtual events, TTS will donate a personal care package to front-line healthcare workers. We have been very fortunate to be introduced to an organization called "Sew Away Corona,” which we are working with to produce the packages. The products in each package come from a network of New York City local, small businesses and we’re thrilled to be able to participate in an initiative that supports these businesses.
For example, the fabric facemask covers included in the packages are hand sewn by currently furloughed Broadway seamstresses and tailors, who normally create costumes for shows. Here is a quote from one of the seamstresses which shows just how impactful "Sew Away Corona" is:
I’m a professional costume designer and dancer. Since March, our industry has all but dissipated as the nation does what it needs to combat the coronavirus. Unfortunately I’ve had no compensation for cancelled gigs, and my unemployment has been pending for almost two months. Now my sewing machine has gone from creating elaborately rhinestoned costumes, to making Personal Protective Equipment for NYC’s first responders. I, like many others, are volunteers through "Sew Away Corona". Personally, I’ve created more than 500 masks, mask filters, & surgical caps. "Sew Away Corona" has been invaluable coordinating people from all walks of life to use their skills.
Citi TTS is honored to be able to give back to those who have given so much!