Wow....today was quite a day. We had friends from Texas show up at the store with a 16' trailer filled to the rafters with sewing things for flood victims. We had hoped to get the media there to document their arrival. Oddly enough, the Gazette printed a portion of the press release that said flood victims could pick up stuff at the store at 10am today. Not exactly right....BUT....it solved a problem we were having....that is getting the word out to the victims of flooding who want to get sewing again.
So all day, we met flood victims who are sewers. They filled out the paper to get free stuff and free sewing machines. We have been getting fabric and notions and publications from all across the country the past few weeks and having been doing our best to get it out to those in need. We recently ran out of sewing machines. We have more with the ones that arrived today, but it will take our technicians several days to get them cleaned up.
If you are wanting to bring in a sewing machine to donate, you will need to have our technicians service it...OR...if you are purchasing a machine from us, we are giving you a gift certificate in our store for up to $25o. (BTW--if you are interested in donating an old sewing machine, read about how to do this on our web site under the heading Stitches for Hope.)
We are going to have a day for people to pick up sewing supplies next Saturday and will be contacting those who filled out applications. They are simple applications and some people are completing the forms for friends and family. We have found that in the stacks, there are even things like yarns and embroidery supplies and much more.
I will get pictures up on the web site when I get a chance to upload them so you can see what a generous offer this has been.
Watch the news at 10pm on Saturday. KCRG came and interviewed one of the gifters and took footage of the unpacking.