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FAIRBORN — Anne Brewer will present Stitches United: A Faith Journey in sewing 7 p.m. May 6, Tuesday at the Fairborn United Methodist Church, 100 N. Broad St.

Stitches United, a network providing thousands of items each year to area Hospices, hospitals, nursing homes, churches and agencies, is celebrating their tenth anniversary this year.

Founded in New Carlisle in 2004 by Anne Brewer, Stitches United allows a wide range of people in the Miami Valley to contribute through sewing, knitting, crocheting and other creative skills. She will be presenting her unique experiences at the Fairborn United Methodist Church May 6, Tuesday, with Stitches United: A Faith Journey in Sewing.

“Our first organizational meeting was attended by quite a few people, and we were able to donate nearly a thousand items that year,” said Brewer. Anne visited nursing homes and hospitals to see what items would make the patients more comfortable.

Through the years Stitches United has designed items based on unusual requests, such as the Dayton VA Hospital’s need for gurney and suction machine covers. “We enjoy meeting the needs that no one else provides. Combine this with our approach of meeting monthly, with our members doing most of the work in their homes, means we are very productive, “adds Brewer. The group, all volunteers, now offers nearly 40 different items.

Last year seven volunteers sorted over 600 winter hats, mittens and scarves donated to local organizations and churches. “People worked year round and we store these items until the cold weather hits,” said Brewer.

“We try to not throw away anything; pet beds are made for the Clark County animal shelter—filled with our scraps!” Materials that cannot be used are passed on to other organizations such as My Brother’s Keeper, who make sleeping bags for homeless persons, and We Care Arts in Kettering, for arts and crafts.

Anne is interested in having new volunteers.

“We need people who can pin, cut, knit, crochet, sew, tie knots, string bags. All of our supplies are donated from persons who are downsizing, moving or have passed,” she adds. The program will feature examples of the items Stitches United offers, discussion of needs in the area and how others can become involved. Brewer also welcomes any fabric and other sewing donations that attendees would like to bring for use in their efforts.

Sew Sisters and Doing for Others of the Fairborn United Methodist Church are offering the program.

“There is a large network of charity sewing in the area,” said Linda Sattem. “For example we just completed 12 lap quilts for the Greene County Family Violence Prevention Center and multiple soft berets for the Springfield Regional Cancer Center. These were made from material donated by a generous Fairborn resident this January.”

“Our mission is to show compassion through sewing. Sew Sister’s motto is ‘With every stitch we send you love, we lift up hope, we say a prayer. Stitching together a community’.” Sew Sisters will also have three used Singer sewing machines for sale at the program.

For more information please call the church office 937-878-5042. For more information about Stitches United contact Brewer at 937- 845-1697 or by email at ambrwr0045424@yahoo.com with Stitches United in the subject line.

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