The Houston Chapter, host of ASG’s 2012 annual conference, invites all ASG chapters to participate in The Blanket Project which addresses a need common to all communities and provides warmth and comfort to those most in need of it. We have selected three types of blankets for our national community service project:
- Lap blankets for hospice patients
- Lap blankets for veterans (VA hospitals or other veterans service programs)
Receiving blankets for babies (indigent families)
This will be an ongoing project. When police officers go out on domestic calls and the like, they give stuffed toys to traumatized children. They never have enough.
The Children’s Cabinet, Inc. was established in December 1985, as a private non-profit organization with the mission of creating a lasting public-private partnership to address the needs of children and families in our community. This unique commitment to public-private partnerships provides a foundation for the Cabinet’s organizational strength by being able to respond quickly to the changing needs of the community and to bring about true collaboration in the delivery of service. Today, the Cabinet serves more than 15,000 children and families each year.
Northern Nevada Chapter sews and contributes Christmas Stocking to this organization. It is a popular project; everyone seems to enjoy making Christmas Stockings.
Northern Nevada Chapter has contributed Christmas Stockings every year since 2009
Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit organization, which provides relief to the children of Africa. Simple dresses and shorts for boys are made from yardage and pillow cases. These items are then distributed through the orphanages, churches and schools in Africa to plant in the hearts of children that they are worthy!
Northern Nevada Chapter made 223 dresses and 4 pair of shorts for the project.
Operation Care Package is a non-profit organization that receives, fills and mails drawstring bags to deployed service men and women from all branches of the armed forces. The drawstring bag pattern for this project was designed by Laura Martell of The Creative Thimble. The 14” drawstring bag holds a filled gallon baggie. The troops use the bags for personal use and some pass them on to the children.
Northern Nevada Chapter made 185 ditty bags to contribute to this project.
For those wishing to continue making these bags for our chapter, HERE are the instructions.
Aly’s Prom Closet provides the resources to ensure that financially challenged teens can attend their prom. Aly’s Prom Closet provides dresses, shoes, tuxedoes, shoes, boutonnieres, corsages hair styles, make-up, prom tickets, and other related expenses to make their special night memorable.
2010 – The Northern Nevada Chapter sewed 78 prom purses.
2009 – Northern Nevada Chapter sewed 38 prom purses for local prom bound teens.
The 2009 National Community Service Project had approximately 5,000 pillowcases that were donated to the Albuquerque Ronald McDonald House! This number does not include the pillowcases that were distributed to local charities by each chapter. Pillowcases dimensions were measured at 21” x 32” and were made of 100% cotton in children’s prints and bright colors.
Northern Nevada Chapter contributed 216 pillow cases to the project.
The Anti-Ouch Pouch is a pillow that hangs from the shoulder, fitting snugly under the arm to cushion the area after breast surgery or during radiation treatment. The wedge shape gently holds the arm away from the body when the user is standing. The strap holds the pillow in place without having to use sore arm muscles to “clutch” it. The strap is adjustable and the fiberfill may be adjusted via the overlapped opening.
Northern Nevada Chapter contributed Anti-Ouch Pouches to the project.
In response to a need for pajamas designed to meet the special needs of hospital patients, the American Sewing Guild, Inc. and Wild Ginger Software, Inc. teamed up to provide a free program for drafting custom and standard sized sewing patterns for gown, pajamas and accessories for patient medical care.
The special iCare downloadable patterns include sizes for men, woman and children, making it suitable for a variety of health-care related charitable sewing projects. The downloadable program is free to anyone who wishes to sew garments for non-profit and charitable purposes.
Northern Nevada Chapter contributed gowns to the project.
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