Charity Work

We try to have regularly scheduled charity sewing days on Saturdays and aim for once a month when we don’t have a workshop scheduled. Members also sew at home to contribute to our selected causes.

Sewing face masks

face masks ready for donation
Face masks ready for donation

During 2020, guild members answered the call to sew face masks to assist vulnerable populations as the Coronavirus spread. Since the pandemic began, members have sewn 3,517 masks so far that have been donated to the following:

  • The Willows – for residents in this affordable housing unit
  • Healthy Alamance – for distribution to to the most vulnerable members of our immediate community including the elderly and persons with underlying medical conditions as well as to places where people live in close proximity to one another such as nursing homes, family home centers and long term care facilities and residents of Burlington Housing Authority.
  • CrossRoads Sexual Assault Response & Resource Center
  • Burlington Pediatrics – including masks for young patients
  • Burlington Fire Department
  • Burlington Police Department – masks for adults and children
  • Graham Police Department – for distribution at their Children’s Mask Giveaway
  • Village at Brookwood retirement community
  • Alamance Skin Center

Sewing for children

Prior to the pandemic, members voted to focus our 2020 charity sewing on three organizations that support children.

We also continued supporting Ryan’s Cases for Smiles in 2020 – we cranked out 371 pillowcases in 2019 and 259 in 2020 to distribute to hospitalized children in several hospitals in the Raleigh and Winston Salem areas.

quilt from kids' art
Quilt made for Carolina Adoption Services fundraiser

In 2019, we donated quilts to Davis Street Methodist Church for their newly remodeled nursery and toddler rooms. We are very appreciative of the church for providing us a place to meet. We donated quilts and other items to various organizations supporting youth for their fundraisers including:

During 2017 we made quilts to contribute to NALES for children who have lost a parent in law enforcement. In 2018, we made an all-out commitment to NALES and our members donated 46 quilts in October 2018. Some of these were a result of our 2018 President’s Challenge.

 Sewing for adults

quilted placemats
Placemats for Meals on Wheels

Sewing for furry friends

Members of our group save their fabric scraps and use them to stuff pillows for cats awaiting adoption. They are donated on a regular basis to Sparkle Cat Rescue.