What to Do With Your Unwanted Needlework Supplies
From: Nancy firstname.lastname@example.org
Give away your guilt!!
Just read in the latest newsletter that someone suggested "throwing away" projects that you no longer want. Horrors! I have long been sending unwanted members of my stash to the Ohio Reformatory for Women. One of my friends sent probably $10,000 worth of needlework supplies when she cleaned out her house to move to retirement living. It is guilt-free giving to those who really need and want your stuff!
The Ohio Reformatory for women has a program called "The Community Stitching Post" which was started in 1996. This is a program in which those enrolled can give back to the community. It is a re-entry program which requires inmates to do a minimum of 30 hours of community service per month. The booklet says that staff have actually had to advise some inmates that they DO need sleep (sound familiar?) as they willingly donate countless hours. In August 2001 each inmate averaged over 100 hours per month! This program is now in every housing unit at the prison. Community donations support the program which is in operation 18 hours/day, 7 days a week.
Some of the numerous agencies that the Community Stitching Post has served are: Apalachia Help, Ronald McDonald House, Crayons to Computers, Warm Up America, Salvation Army, Helping Hearts, Take It to the Streets, American Cancer Society, etc.
The inmates make quilts, wall hangings, bears, cross stitch designs, afghans, pencil bags, clothing, toys, scarves, etc. They have a WISH LIST. It includes items such as floss, aida cloth, xs hand towels,
fabric, yarn, frames, silk flowers, irons, sewing machines, markers, colored pencils, felt, lace, ribbon, plastic canvas, latch hook kits, tissue paper --you get the picture, and I'm sure you've got the stuff. One thing they do not accept is macrame cord.
I put a large box in one of my bed rooms and add to the box as I go though closets and drawers. When I get it filled, I send it. The shipping via FedEx or UPS or USPS is not very much even for a large box. And you also get a tax write-off. This is a great way to get rid of your guilt so you can go on to your next project--in good mental health!
The address is:
The Community Stitching Post
Ohio Reformatory for Women
1479 Collins Ave
Marysville, OH 43040
I even called there when I though I had accidentally mailed my car & house keys in the box of needlework stuff. Talked to the guy in the admitting warehouse and he said they've received lots of weird stuff--but not my keys!! Haven't found them yet.
So consider this place or let us know about others that can use our unwanted needlework supplies. Your friends do not need another of your charts or books or fabric, but others do and it might improve their lives forever.
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