Activity Update – March

We need to raise some funds for shelving for our new location when ARTS After School moves.  We’ve received a beautiful handmade, hand-quilted, vintage quilt that’s more suitable for a raffle than a gift for a kid. So that’s what we’re going to do.

We’ve recently given away several of our sewing machines to deserving ladies who are sewing at home for HOPE Community kids. Consequently we’re a little under-equipped. If you have a nice sewing machine that runs well and doesn’t need service, please keep us in mind when you no longer need it.

Last month we were able to give 23 handmade blankets to HOPE Community, which brings our total number of blanket donations to 1287.

At present we have 139 blankets (of all sizes) in the closet for kids to choose from. If we didn’t have this inventory, it would be very challenging to find time to make the PAEC blankets. Thanks to the generous support of our local churches and quilt guild, we’re having a very successful year so far. We love our volunteers.

Thanks for all you do,

Party!

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we’re changing the volunteer party date to Saturday, April 4. Those of you who already sent an RSVP for the February date don’t have to send another. Just please let Cynthia know if something comes up and you can’t make it on 4/4/2015.

Many Thanks and Work Days

Here’s a very brief report of our progress, a party invitation, and a list of our play days:

Since our 2008 inception we have delivered 1,264 blankets to HOPE Community Homeless Shelter. Most of those were handmade from donated fabric. We’ve also given 85 blankets to the PAEC Migrant Farm Worker Summer Day Care Program. 2015 will be our third Summer of giving to PAEC. In past years we also donated to other local organizations which provide emergency support.

We are pleased to report that through the kindness of Dr Carla Hutchinson and her staff, we still have a home at ARTS After School. They have broken ground and are building a new facility on Weims Rd. We are grateful and appreciative that they’re including us in their plans. We’ll be moving sometime over the Summer and will keep our local volunteers in the know.

The ARTS After School website is:

www.iheartartsafterschool.com

A special thanks to Quilter’s Unlimited of Tallahassee, The Tallahassee Senior Center, and the Mission Quilters of Epiphany Lutheran Church for their continued support in the form of sewing and creating blankets for children in need. We would not have been able to give the numbers of blankets we have if not for your hard work and dedication. Thank you also to all our volunteers who show up month after month, and perform any task that’s asked of them — always with a smile and sometimes with poetry and a song.

For many months now Sew for HOPE has been donating fabric to the Leon County Jail Project. This program teaches women to sew. Then they make quilts for: Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Pediatric Unit, Shriners, Seven Hills Rehab Center; just to name a few. Lately there have been women who, after being released from jail, expressed a desire to continue this philanthropic sewing and make blankets for Sew for HOPE. Most of our helpers are maxing out their available volunteer time, so we are looking for a few good women who would work one-on-one with these special volunteers to get fabric and supplies to them and to pick up finished quilts. This would be just until they get their feet on the ground and get transportation. Thank you for your consideration.

Upcoming Saturday Play Dates

All meetings are from 9 – 3

 

Here are the remaining 2015 dates (just in case you want to mark your calendar).

March  7 & 21 @ ARTS

April  4 & 18 @ ARTS

May  2 & 16  (We don’t have a moving date, so don’t know where we’ll meet)

June  6 & 20

July  18

Aug  1 & 15

Sept  5 & 19

Oct  3 & 17

Nov  7

Dec  5

Again, thanks for all you do,

Workday January 10 & 24, 2015

Happy New Year!

I’m still on Christmas vacation with my family, so I’m keeping this brief. I’ll send a longer newsletter later after I get the blanket count for last year totaled & after things return to normal. Whatever that is, right?

We’re meeting on Saturday, 1/10 & 1/24

ARTS After School
2743 Capitol Cr, Ste 106 in the Esposito’s strip center
9-3, lunch break from 11:30-12:30

We’ll begin work on the 45 flannel nap-time coverlets for the Pre-K kids, and the 16 crib quilts for the PAEC Migrant Farm Worker Summer School Program.  The children get to take their blankets home with them at the end of summer, so every year we’ll be providing a new batch of blankets.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and that a prosperous New Year is in store.

Thanks for all you do,

Cynthia
www.sewforhopenow.com

Sad News – Gerri Krohn

Sew for Hope is sorry to announce the passing of Gerri Krohn, a long-time Sew for Hope volunteer. Gerri passed away on Tuesday, November 4th, a long illness. Her daughter, Cassandra, is also one of our volunteers. A memorial service is being planned for Gerri on November 15th at noon at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 312 Stadium Drive, Tallahassee, FL 32304. Lunch will be provided afterward by the Relief Society. All Sew for Hope volunteers are welcome.