Northside Church of Christ Sewing Group was organized in 2004. The starting of this group was encouraged by former member, Susan Smith. Members of the group bought flannel and sewed baby blankets for 'homes for unwed mothers', in Temple (Hope Pregnancy Center), Abilene Christian Home, The Children's Home of Lubbock, and Smithlawn Maternity Home of Lubbock. The Group worked from their homes until sufficient numbers of blankets could be collected and then donated. As donations of a variety of fabrics increased from members, families, and friends, the Group began meeting once a month in the Fellowship Room at Northside; cutting, ironing, and sewing lap robes for local Nursing homes.
Next workday: October 9 at 9:00 a.m. at the building.
The Group expanded in 2005 and began creating "Love Bears", which required painting of faces, cutting, sewing, and stuffing with poly-fil. These cute stuffed animals were donated to Temple Fire and Rescue, Temple Police Department, Children,s Mental Health and Retardation, Children's Rehabilitation Center, Ronald McDonald House, Children's Advocacy Center, EMS Child Welfare, Kings Daughter's Children's Department, Scott & White Child Life Department, Pumpkin Patch, and Families in Crisis.
Remembering "Dorcas": In Acts 9:36 there was a disciple named Dorcas; she was always doing good and helping the poor. Our group recognized others could be comforted by a small gift. Many "nap pad covers" were sewn for Noah's Ark Day Care, and Children's Rehab. Alzheimer Activity Bibs were made for Alzheimer Day Care. Bone shaped and horseshoe shaped neck pillows, walker caddies, scarves, lap robes, bibs and caps have been donated to Hospice Care facilities and Nursing Homes in Temple, Granger, Bartlett, and Rosebud. Another project has been creating warm caps and scarves in winter to give the needy.
The Sewing Group continues to meet on the first Tuesday of the month, with the exception of June, July, and August. Participants do not need to sew because the major activity is painting bear faces, cutting out the sewn bears, and stuffing bears and pillows. Individuals wishing to help, may contact Gayle Pomykal, or just show up. Donations of thread and fabric (preferred are cotton, polyester and cotton knit, and fleece) are accepted and stored in the Fabric Room at Northside. Bags of Poly-filstuffing (Wal-Mart) are continually needed.