Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Winter Sewing in the 'burg

October 20 2nd Annual Sewing Recital. Saturday, October 20, 2007. Everybody's talking about what they will bring to our 2nd sewing recital -- everything from negligees to patched jeans! The goodie bags are going to be spectacular this yeaar, and we have a lot more door prizes, too! We will begin promptly at 10:00 am and go till 12 noon at Trinity United Methodist Church. This is a free event. Donations to the church for the use of their facility will be accepted. Please come and cheer on everybody as we ALL learn new ways to sew!!

November 17 we do not have a speaker. Instead, we will concentrate on cold weather outerwear for all ages, and warm blankets for Light House Ministries. Sewin' sisters have been dropping off everything from small receiving blankets, to blankets that fit a twin bed. Pat said that she can use it all. The warmer the better because "baby it's cold out there!" The lighter weight fabrics will be helpful too, because they can be trans-seasonal. Plan on November 17th being a real work session and we'll circle our town with warmth and prayers.

December 15 at 11:30 Pat Nissle of Light House Ministries will come back to give us more information about her ministry in the streets of Harrisburg. In her previous presentation, we asked her to tell us about her immediate needs so we could start sewing ASAP to help her out. At this meeting she will give us the presentation that she normally gives to various churches and organizations who support her ministry. Christmas is the perfect time for us to learn about the gift of love that Pat extends to our neighbors, and the gift of love through sewing that we can give to her.

Last month Jenny Gallagher Blom from Salvation Army told us we are the ONLY group that sews for Salvation Army. Their needs are tremendous and on going. They will distribute whatever we sew as they receive them. Here's the list: 45 adult smocks ALL sizes, 60 youth smocks ALL sizes, 30 Children's aprons ALL sizes, towels, wash cloths, blankets, any winter items such as hats, mittens, long sleeve pajamas, long sleeve shirts, scarves, slippers, prayer shawls for nursing homes and prisons, and totebags to hold emergency items for disaster victims. Their summer children's programs have grown and they will need 90 solid color 17" x 17" (cut dimensions) sturdy totebags by June. In 2008 they will open a transitional house for folks recovering from substance abuse and will need the following items which the participants can take with them when they graduate from the program to begin their new lives: curtains, linens, towels, wash cloths, hand towels, tablecloths, placemats, etc. all the things you need when you move into a new home. As a side bar, Jenny told us that 100% of the money they get from the Thrift shops goes into their substance abuse programs. So continue your guilt-free personal treasure hunts at the Salvation Army Thrift Shop!

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