On the first Friday of every month, Iskashitaa Refugee Network hosts a sewing and craft supply redistribution day where refugees can come and pick out their favorite fabrics, yarns, and clothing to take home or practice their native crafts.
April 6th was a particularly successful redistribution! 10 volunteers came and helped set up, organize fabrics and make sure everyone signed in! The extra hands made even the biggest jobs small!
Since we receive donated machines, we had prepared by determining whether or not they are working, fixing them, and then creating a list of the people who would like a machine. People receiving a machine spend time at redistribution learning how to use the machine they will be taking home so they do not have problems at home.
One of our new sewing teachers, Judy and a refugee volunteer, Iswor showed each person how to use their machine. We were able to give out 5 sewing machines in one day! We even had time to fix a few of the newly donated machines!
Along with handing out craft supplies and machines we had time to assist in a number of other areas. We inventoried new craft items from refugees, talked with crafters about quality control, handed out newly harvested fruit, and organized new donations.
A big thanks to everyone who has donated to our program and to all the wonderful volunteers working for the Sewing and Crafts Circle. These events could not happen without you!