Sew Good Souls

We are excited to introduce Sew Good Souls as our mission to bring our hands and hearts together in Rhode Island, allowing us to reach people and pets around the globe. During the first quarter of 2018, we will focus on Dress a Girl Around the World (DAG) by making sundresses that will be sent, through mission projects, to those in need. We will hold three DAG workshops: Saturdays, January 20, February 3 and March 3 in Fellowship Hall. DAG is a program with Hope 4 Women International that has been serving women and girls at risk since 2008. To date, more than 500,000 dresses have been made and sent to 82 different countries.

During the second quarter, we will focus on Quilts Beyond Borders (QBB) making quilts for children in need, especially orphans living in under-served areas of the world where the warmth of a quilt is needed at night. More than 153 million children in the world today have lost one or both parents. QBB has delivered thousands of quilts around the world, and most recently our own Native American Indians have been receiving quilts for adults. Workshop dates for the second quarter will be announced in 2018.

If all goes well in 2018, we will venture into the Days for Girls (D4G) program in the third quarter. The D4G organization provides feminine hygiene solutions, health education for girls allowing them to stay in school, and income generating opportunities for women. They have reached almost one million girls in more than 110 countries. We would be sewing washable feminine hygiene products. This program is the most complex sewing project and will require more supplies than the other programs.

Our teens are interested in being a part of Sew Good Souls by sewing to support the Small Kennel Quilt Project (SKQP). This project needs quilts for animal shelters that have been impacted by disasters (fire, flood, hurricane or tornado). After disasters strike not only may a shelter be destroyed, but there are cats and dogs who have been injured, lost or abandoned, and these quilts will be in their crates adding comfort to their disorientation.

Whether you sew or not, we hope you can join us at one or more of our workshops. Many hands will be needed to get our mission moving. How can you help? From time to time we will be asking members to donate one dollar to help with the purchase of supplies. With two workshops on each date, we would love a simple lunch to be provided to our volunteers. We need donations of 100% cotton fabric in dark prints. Helpers who can select fabric, iron, cut, organize a simple lunch, and act as runners are all welcome. Don’t be shy, come and see what we are all about if you are curious!

—Lois Gardner