Wednesday, August 12, 2009

2010 American Sewing Guild Community Service Project

American Sewing Guild(ASG) does an annual community service project. For 2008 the community service project benefited women with Breast Cancer. ASG made anti-ouch pouches. The Anti-Ouch Pouch is a pillow that hangs from the shoulder, fitting snugly under the arm to cushion the area after breast surgery or during radiation treatment. surgery.The wedge shape gently holds the arm away from the body when the user is standing. The strap holds the pillow in place without having to use sore arm muscles to “clutch” it.The strap is adjustable and the fiberfill may be adjusted via the overlapped opening.

For 2009 the project was pillowcases for children at Ronald McDonald House. Ronald McDonald House provides housing for the sick kids and their families. Many families travel far from home to get treatment for their seriously ill or injured children. The treatment may last a day, a month, or even longer. It's a long time to be away from home, or to divide a family. Ronald McDonald Houses around the world offer families a way to stay together, in proximity to the treatment hospital, and be comfortable and cared for during their stay. During Sewing Awareness month (September) The Maryland Chapter of ASG will donate their pillowcases to Ronald McDonald House - Baltimore and Washington, DC

For 2010 the ASG community service project will be drawstring bags for our troops. The bags will be filled with 1 gallon zip lock bags. The troops can use the bags for personal use, and some pass them on to the children of IRAQ. September is Sewing Awareness Month and ASG and the Sassy SEWer will sponsor free sewing lessons to make these bags for our troops. Stay tuned for the dates.

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