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Sewing Community Gives 2017 Summary

You guys, I’m in tears. I am moved by your generosity, compassion, and charity. Thank you so much for all that you pledged. As a community, we definitely joined together to make the world a better place. Together, over 250 people pledged over 2500 hours and over 12,500 dollars!!! Even those those of you who didn’t have much free time or money found creative ways to give – for example: “Much of my donation was raised by selling unused craft kits purchased at Value Village on Ebay.” and “I’m volunteering & doing alterations on school uniforms, asking parents to donate the money they would spend on alterations.” So many of you shared where and why you’ve donated which I found very inspirational. I’ve put together a summary so I can inspire you as well!

I will continue to align with non-profits to inspire and create. I love working with my community! I figure if they support me and my business being in their city, I need to do what I can to help make the city more vibrant and happy!

On the local level, you supported those in need through donations to the homeless shelter, food bank, clothing bank, employment skill center, hospital, cancer support center, and refugee resettlement organization.
You supported animals through donations to the pet food bank and animal shelter.
You supported the arts and humanities through donations to the local theater, National Public Radio station, newspaper, public library, instrument lending library, and cemetery history project.
You supported the environment by collecting plastic from the local beach, and donating to support the wildlife trust, animal sanctuary, and bike advocacy organization.
You supported youth by donating to the school, guides/scouts, baby supply support, and youth development organization.
You supported community organizations by donating to church, and Junior League.
You supported women by donating to the women and girl’s foundation, and STEM education for girls.

I’m feeling optimism that this movement will be sustained and propel us all toward a new age of compassion.

On the national level, you supported charities in the news right now such as Planned Parenthood, Women’s March, No DAPL/Standing Rock/Lakota People’s Law Project, MoveOn, Moms Demand Action, and the American Civil Liberties Union.
You supported equality of all kinds by donating to Southern Poverty Law Center, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Human Rights Campaign, Black Lives Matter, Women for Women, and League of Women Voters.
You supported animals and the environment by donating to Sierra Club, National Forest, and Swedish Animal Ambulance.
You supported the sick by donating to National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases, Dementia UK, Nuvasive Spine Foundation, Thon, and the Blurt Foundation.
You supported the marginalized by donating to YMCA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Jobs with Justice, Habitat for Humanity, Angels for the Forgotten, The Silver Line, and National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

I also think that solidarity can be experienced in our everyday life. I like to believe that little good actions are so contagious as virus but have much better effects : they contribute to transform the world in a better way!

On the international level, you cared for people around the world through donations to United Way, 350.org, Oxfam, Beauty for Ashes, Days for Girls, Worldwide Tribe, Clean Clothes Campaign, Greenpeace, Amnesty International, Nurture Project International, SOS Méditerrannée, Heifer International, Doctors Without Borders, Mothers of Preschoolers International, Hibakusha Stories, International Humanist and Ethical Union, Kiva, Lend with Care, Unicef, Red Cross, Susila Dharma International, Internet Archive, Preemptive Love Coalition, Memisa, Children International, and HER Project.

“I don’t get to sew much, but your project has inspired me to donate my sewing, as well as my time and money.”

Quite a number of your donations were sewing related, which certainly isn’t a surprise, but was definitely extra inspiring and representative of us as a community of sewists.
You donated to the sewing-related charities of Council for Textile Recycling, Dress a Girl Around the World, Sew Green Rochester, Kiva, and the Sewing Machine project.
You taught sewing to a neighbor in need, to a Syrian refugee, at a family center helping people transition out of homelessness.
You sewed charity blankets for children in need, children fighting illness, local gynecology ward, and Quilts of Valor. You sewed curtains and crayon rolls for school, fleece snoods for local homeless shelters, and pillowcases for local homeless shelter and women’s shelter. You sewed hats and booties for premature babies. You sewed angel gowns for stillborn babies. You sewed weighted blankets for kids with autism. You sewed drawstring bags to make care packages for those in need. You sewed goods for Days for Girls, Satchels of Caring, and Stockings for Soldiers.

“So many women around the world depend on sewing to make a living. For me it’s a creative outlet and joy. I hope my donation can help that Afghani woman gain some independence and joy out of her life!”

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  1. This is an amazing post Erin. I think it is easy to feel like a drop in the ocean as a working mother trying to make the things that we do matter. Collective action and celebration is so vital!

    I dropped off a few handmade items at a local refugee charity this week and was emotionally overwhelmed at their response. I will be going back there soon to help them turn some of their scrap plastic into sleeping mats for the homeless. It is a sad indictment of our current UK govt, and the whole Brexit debacle, that we are seeing a huge increase in the numbers of rough sleepers in our community.

    I am a strong believer that kind actions and words are powerful beyond their immediate effect. We need compassion and truth more than ever in this increasingly protectionist political landscape.

    Much love, Mary

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