Voluntary Community Service… Few things in life are considered by many to be more rewarding than the voluntary act of contributing something of benefit to others in their community with no expectation of anything in return.
Update: See the letter from our president Kay Newberg passing on the "many thanks” to those that have helped and donated items for the requests previously made. It also gives these most recent requests for items now needed:
Banner maternity nurses request simple gowns to bury deceased babies. Kay has a couple of simple patterns if you are interested and on our Project Patterns Page we have the Preemie Burial Gown, Preemie Gown or Burial Gown (Simple), along with the Burial Wrap for Preemies and Micro-Preemies which is found at the Baby Patterns link.
Also sadly, the Paul Newman “Hole in the Wall Camp” for cancer children has had a major fire. So the turtle pillows we had previously donated have been lost and they are asking for more. Again, Kay has the pattern if you are interested and we have both the Turtle Pillow and Turtle Pillow (Simple) listed.
We also have members that make clothing for “One Dress at a Time” and donations are always welcome.
Stockings are needed for Sunshine Acres.
Our ASG National Community Service Project for 2013 is the Teach Another Generation (T.A.G.) Project. This is our project to support the new ASG Junior Membership at special classes to be held during Conferences and in Youth Outreach Programs throughout the country. A cornerstone of the project is the T.A.G. Bag, filled with basic sewing supplies. (T.A.G. Bag Instructions)
We have received a request from Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center for two patient comfort items. The first is for blankets to give to cancer patients receiving treatments. The patients often get very cold during treatments especially when receiving below body temperature IVs in the chilly infusion rooms. The blankets can be fleece, knit, quilted, or crocheted. The blankets for teens and adults should be a lap size (40” x 60”) or larger, and smaller for the younger pediatric patients. (Large enough to cover from neck down to overlap the feet and compact enough to carry around is a good rule-of-thumb.) As you know, homemade blankets are the best kind of comfort to those who receive them. Contact Kay Newberg for labels that you can sew into your blankets. She recently delivered 20 quilts that she has received to get them started.
The second comfort item would be light weight hats or scarfs for patients to protect their heads. Fleece for hats is considered to be too warm by many in the summer.
Of special note are the following comments from cancer patients: Typically, the skin becomes very sensitive when undergoing treatments so the softer the materials the better. Soft and attractive are important otherwise the item will probably remain at the bottom of the donation box. Remember that chemo patients include men and children so their hats should be machine washable. With very sensitive skin, many enjoy the Crochet and Woven Edge Fleece Blankets much better than the Knotted Edge. And from those that donate a lot: “It is best to make fewer of the soft and attractive items for chemo patients than a lot that aren’t.”
See our Project Patterns Page under Community Services for Patterns and ideas. Please consider making something for these causes and be sure to send in a Community Service Report Form which will get you entered in our annual drawing for a prize! Instructions are on the form and you can download it in doc or pdf format.
At the 2012 Sew-In we had guest speaker Joan Sisco from the Veterans First LTD – Affordable Housing for Women Veterans in Arizona. Joan went into detail and presented stories regarding some of the issues for these women, noting that traditional efforts are lacking in identifying and assisting Women Veterans. Veterans First has opened Mary Ellen’s Place in Phoenix that can house 15 women and is currently renovating a second facility, Sally’s Place, that will house women and children. These facilities are not funded by the government but through donations from the public and other nonprofit organizations.
They are in need of small pillow cases (finished size 14 inches x 20 inches) and drawstring bags (12 inches x 12 inches finished with drawstring) to put toiletries in when their residents first move in.
Joann Woodfill will be collecting both items.
Her phone number is 602 942-5682 and Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
See "Women Veterans" under our Community Service Menu.
If you like to sew, ASG is the place for you.
The American Sewing Guild is a national non-profit organization dedicated to people who believe sewing is a rewarding and creative experience. Membership in the Guild is open to the public. ASG members enjoy many benefits and discounts.
Members meet monthly in small groups to share ideas and new techniques. Members "drag and brag" their latest creations to the meetings to share them with the group.
ASG members enjoy discounts at many local and national retailers, the Selvedge Newsletter, and Notions Magazine. Check out all the benefits on our Membership Benefits Page.
ASG members contribute to their communities by sewing a variety of garments, bags, and items for the military, children and others in need. These items are sewn by individuals and Neighborhood Groups.