I try to do some kind of sewing charity project each year.
I am so lucky and so blessed. It's really sad that I think my kids NEED clothes or anything else when you see something like this:
My cousin, Terri Jo, is in nursing school and has donated so much of her time to the Centers of Hope Medical Mission in Nicaragua. She will be attending her 3rd mission trip this June. The organization runs clinics in remote villages (a different one every day) and provide the people there with medical care, food, shoes, and a toy for each child.
Terri Jo says the last time she was there they saw about 1,300 patients in 5 days, 800 of those were children, 100 of them newborns. They give each child that comes thru a toy and she said that there is never anything for the newborns. Typically they are given a toy that is not age appropriate. They are in desperate need of small security blankets or baby toys. Also pretty things for young girls like hair clippies.
There is a whole list of items that are needed, but I'm going to focus on the baby toys. I would LOVE for you guys to help me and my cousin make a difference in these children's lives.
If you don't have time to make anything, consider getting some things from the dollar spot at Target or the dollar store. It is a great activity to do with your kids to teach them about generosity and kindness to others. Flip flops are especially needed.
If you don't want to shop and ship anything or make anything and ship it, please consider donating to their mission trip fund. Let Terri Jo know I sent ya'.
It takes such a small amount to help them.
$1 will buy them an entire pound of beans or rice. $10 can provide meals for 5 families. They hope to give each child a bag of beans and rice, in addition to their shoes, toys and medical care.
I'm focusing on the newborns by making some small security blankets and in the hoop toys.
If you want to help me with that, just send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll give you the shipping address.
Terri Jo is leaving for Nicaragua at the beginning of June, so everything needs to be shipped to her by the end of May. The key is SMALL here because packing is difficult (as bags cannot weigh more than 50 lbs.)
Some great files to consider making include:
Hair Pretties and toys by Pickle Pie Designs
Hair Felt Stitchies and toys by GGDesigns
Baby toys and felt Stitchies by Digistitches
This is the one I'll be using by Too Cute Embroidery and probably some of Sewing for Sarah's quick stitchies.
I'll be sharing a free pattern for a baby lovie in the next couple of days, so you can sew some of those up to send, too.
Thanks so much. I appreciate anything you can do to help!