Welcome kits for women's shelters October 06 2015 1 Comment

After a brief summer hiatus, the Hintonburg Sewcial Club (HSC) returned to Fabrications at the end of September. And we had a full house, all our sewing machines whirring away, well into the evening!  

Our project for September was welcome kits to be donated to a local women's shelter - comprised of a simple fabric bag filled with basic toiletries and personal care items.

 

package

 

Over 900 women were homeless in Ottawa in 2014. We are fortunate to have a number of shelters across the city for women and children escaping violent situations. Many women arriving at a shelter, either alone or with children, come with little more than the clothes on their backs. 

We set a goal of 30 welcome kits...  When all was said and done, we had over 50 bags sewn up and fully stuffed with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, body lotion, tooth paste and tooth brush.  Amazing, no?

A huge shout out goes to the ladies who made it all happen - Stephanie, Joyce, Mildred, Suzanne and Mary. Everyone came with lots of enthusiasm, arms loaded with fabric and toiletries, and ready to sew!  A huge thank you also to the Ottawa Chinese Alliance Church, whose members donated a huge box of toiletries -- it was a welcome surprise and allowed us to fill so many more kits than we had anticipated.

 

group picture

 

While we make each HSC project something useful to donate to a local charity, we also like to use each project as an opportunity to learn and hone our sewing skills.  This simple fabric bag project gave us a chance to hone our French seam skills and try out the serger.  

Stay tuned for our next HSC gathering - lots of great projects to come!

Sarah