The Marttaliito (Martha Organization) is a Finnish home economics organization that was founded in 1899. The Marthas' original purpose was to assist in the creation of a responsible and enlightened population by teaching basic home economics skills. Today the Marthas are active in the areas of promoting good nutrition, home gardening, household economics, consumer issues, and civic and cultural education. They also have some international projects including a program in Burkina Faso.
In honor of their 110th anniversary, the Marthas are making sure that every baby born in Finland this year gets a pair of homemade wool socks. That's about 60,000 pairs of socks knit by Martha Organization members. The Finnish Midwive's Association is recognizing their own 90 year anniversary by distributing the socks to newborns and their families.
Reino got his socks yesterday.