Sew for Hope Kids News and Dates

We blanket the children of our community with love.

Thank you to all our volunteers and donors who’ve made this group so successful. We’re still here because of you.

We haven’t received the go-ahead to move into the new ARTS After School Building but we hear it’ll be very soon. We can’t wait. It’s going to be so nice.

Our play days are always on Saturdays from 9 – 3 with a lunch break from 11:30 – 12:30.
Unless otherwise informed, it’s bring-your-own brown bag lunch and beverage.

We are not a closed sit-n-stitch. We’re a community-based group of volunteers, who enjoy sewing blankets for children who need a little extra warmth in their lives. We do not ask for dues and we’re usually able to provide everything you need to make these blankets and quilts. Thanks to our donors, we’ve received enough fabric, batting, and sewing notions to continue our mission.

Our next play day is:

February 6, 2016 at:
Play Big Therapy & Play Center
4500 W Shannon Lakes

(Off Thomasville, then Velda Dairy Road. Turn right on Shannon Lakes and then turn into the shopping center on the right.
I’m sorry I don’t know the suite number, so please look for the suite directly opposite the marquee at the entrance.)

On this day we’re making weighted therapy blankets. PlayBig has given us the stats for ten customized blankets intended for ten special kids. This is more than we can accomplish in a day. If you can make it on Saturday, or can stop by to pick up the fabric and poly-pellets to make a therapy blanket at home, or with your sit-n-stitch group, please RSVP to Judy Rainbrook at dragonpc@earthlink.net

I’m still under the weather, so might not be there. Because this project is different from any other we’ve done before, Judy does need an RSVP so she can formulate a plan.

This will also be a good time to drop off finished blankets for HOPE Community kids, or to pick up a kit to work on at home (or with your sit-n-stitch). We have two quilts that are sandwiched and ready for quilting or tying. For these two you’ll need to provide the thread or embroidery floss as ours it still packed.

The rest of our 2016 play days are:

Feb 20
Mar 5 & 19
Apr 2 & 16
May 7 & 21
Jun 4 & 18
Jul 2 & 16
Aug 6 & 20
Sep 3 & 17
Oct 1 & 15
Nov 5 & 19
Dec 3

Thanks for all you do,

Cynthia Seyler, Founder
Sew for Hope Kids

Next Work Day

Our next meeting will be:

Saturday, February 6th, from 9 am to 3 pm. (break for lunch at 11:30.)

Location:
PlayBig Therapy & Learning Center, LLC
4500 W SHANNON LAKES DR
TALLAHASSEE FL 32309
Map is at http://playbigtherapy.com/contact/

We will be working on making weighted blankets for kids who are autistic.

Please call or email Judy Rainbrook if you are planning to come
(dragonpc@earthlink.net/850-274-4699)

Sew for Hope Kids update & all play dates for 2016

Happy New Year. May your coming year be blessed and joyous.

Sew for Hope Kids
We blanket the children of our community with love.

Sew for HOPE has expanded it’s name as a symbol that we’re expanding our mission. We’ll no longer be focusing on creating blankets only for children who are impoverished and/or homeless. Now we’ll simply be making blankets for children in need. We have such a great group of volunteers, and feel we can handle it.

Thank you to all our volunteers and donors who have made this group so successful. We’re still here because of you. Thank you.

To date, we’ve made and donated 1,498 quilts and blankets to children at HOPE Community Homeless Shelter here in Tallahassee. Add to that 163 handmade blankets gifted to the PAEC Migrant Farm Worker Children’s Day Care Program in Quincy, Florida. It’s been several years since we’ve been called on to give, but we’ve also sent many dozen’s of blankets to the Mid-west and Mississippi after catastrophic storms.

Our latest addition is to make weighted blankets for a local therapy center called Big Play. They work with children who are autistic or traumatized. Having a heavier blanket helps keep them calm and feel safe. The cost to purchase a twin size weighted blanket is around $115.00, so this is a great help to the school and to the parents.

The new ARTS After School Building is still not ready, so we’ve made alternate arrangements for our first several play days of the new year. When we do get the go ahead to move our things in, we’ll organize a couple special unpacking/organizing days.

Play days are always on Saturdays from 9 – 3 with a lunch break from 11:30 – 12:30

Our first one of the year will be:

January 9, and we’re meeting at Michele Hackmeyer’s home
Bring your own lunch, or go 3 miles to Publix or Subway
3201 Hawks Landing Ct
Tallahassee, 32309
942-2536
We have plenty of kits to work with and the sewing machines are already at Michele’s.

Our next meeting will be:

January 23, at Sandra Tate’s home
7072 Ox Bow Rd
Tallahassee, 32312
668-5234

. . . and then we’ll meet on

February 6, at Big Play and I’ll give you that address later.
On that day we’ll be making weighted blankets. There are about 5 different ways to make them, and we’re working on deciding which way would be best for us.

The rest of the work days of the year are as follows:
Feb 20
Mar 5 & 19
Apr 2 & 16
May 7 & 21
Jun 4 & 18
Jul 2 & 16
Aug 6 & 20
Sep 3 & 17
Oct 1 & 15
Nov 5 & 19
Dec 3

Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia Seyler, Founder
Sew for Hope Kids

New Work Day

Hello and Happy Holidays,

The new school is not yet ready to work in, so Linda B has generously offered her home on Saturday 12/12 from 9:30 to 2:30 so we can get together for a meeting/sewing/having fun day. Please contact me if you want to attend the work session at Linda’s. Please plan to bring your own brown bag lunch.

Even if you can’t stay and work, this would be a great time to pick up kits, drop off finished blankets, drop off purchased blankets, or bring cash donations so additional blankets can be purchased for HOPE Community kids. We need to make sure that all our HOPE children are kept warm and feel secure in a lovely or fun way.

Cynthia and Judy will be available to accept donations or hand out kits on Thursday, 12/10 from 6 – 7 pm at The Quilter’s Unlimited Quilt Guild meeting at Temple Israel, 2215 Mahan Drive in Tallahassee.

You may also deliver blankets directly to:
Marie Vandenberg
HOPE Community
Big Bend Homeless Coalition
2729 W Pensacola St
Tallahassee, 32304

If you deliver blankets directly to HOPE Community, we’d appreciate it if you’d let us know so we can include them in our blanket count.

We’ve had a great year, thanks to all our generous supporters, donors, and volunteers. Thanks especially to Carla Hutchinson and ARTS After School for the generous donation of a home.

Thank you so much for all you do,

Cynthia

Our Things Removed from Storage, New Work Day Scheduled

This Saturday (11/21) a few totally outstanding volunteers moved Sew for HOPE out of mini-storage and into the new school and some took other items home with them. We won’t be putting our things away though since we have no cabinets or shelving yet. At least we’ll be out of storage, those places are expensive!

Please be advised that this is still a construction site and caution is advised. At this time there are 3 steps coming into the building and no hand rail.

We’re planning on having a work day Saturday, December 5, from 9 – 3. On that day we’ll put our things away if the cabinets are finished. If you’d like to make a donation for this need, please reply to me. If the cabinets don’t get installed, we’ll still meet so folks can drop off finished blankets and pick up kits.

At this point, we’re relying on volunteers to work on projects at home. There will always be a demand for kids blankets at the shelter. We’re very concerned that we haven’t been able to provide as many twin size blankets as is needed. If you’re receiving this message and do not sew, please consider purchasing a twin size blanket that a kid would just love to have. Please consider making Sew for HOPE and HOPE Community Kids the recipients of your Holiday charitable giving. Children from newborn to 21 years of age are eligible to receive a blanket, so we need all sizes and styles. Lately though there have been more families with older kids arriving at the shelter.

Until we get settled we are not accepting donations of fabric.

Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia
ARTS After School
3510 Weems Road