Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Churches to Collect Sewing Machines for Overseas Programs

Churches to Collect Sewing Machines for Overseas Programs

For more information, contact Charlie Hughes at 518-439-1789

ALBANY, NEW YORK – The parishes of St. Vincent de Paul, All Saints and Mater Christi are collecting portable sewing machines for poor people in developing countries. Collections will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 2 and 16 at the Saint Vincent de Paul Parish Center, 984 Madison Avenue, across from the college of St. Rose.

The portable sewing machines must be in working condition and include pedals and electric cords. They will be shipped to developing countries where some will be used to teach poor people how to sew and others be given to graduates of the sewing programs. In the developing world a sewing machine means instant income.

Today, many unwanted portable sewing machines exist in people’s homes, often headed for a landfill. By collecting these sewing machines, the churches not only save valuable space in landfills, they help poor people support themselves.

A $10 donation is requested with each machine to help cover shipping costs.