You might remember that last year we had a yearlong challenge project going where ladies all over Western Canada made little zippered baggies which we filled with an assortment of toiletries like soap, shampoo, lotion, toothbrush etc. We received a fantastic donation of literally a skid load of soaps & shampoo’s etc from Days Inn of Canada. In the end, we were able to donate many hundreds of completed goodie bags to various charities across Western Canada. It was a worthwhile and successful exercise.

We still have some toiletries left from that huge donation so we made this available to several different charities again this year: the Surrey, BC RCMP who have a team of ladies sewing drawstring “dove” bags for victims of crime & misfortune (such as a house fire); Sandy Merriman House in Victoria, BC via Sawyer’s Sewing Center as well as Marilyn R. in Saskatoon who made the most number of bags last year individually. Marilyn is a loyal JANOME customer. She continued throughout this year to sew up a storm and we were most happy to supply her again with plenty toiletries to fill her baggies. She sent us a pic:

Marilyn with Mr & Mrs Claus who do such a wonderful job of spreading the Christmas spirit in Saskatoon. Mr & Mrs Calus have quietly being going about this excellent charitable work for 40 years!!

Marilyn with Mr & Mrs Claus who do such a wonderful job of spreading the Christmas spirit in Saskatoon. Mr & Mrs Claus have quietly being going about this excellent charitable work for 40 years!!

Marilyn tells me that because of the make up/cosmetic bag challenge last year, she took up the challenge and made over 123 bags. She had help from her friends & family and filled them all with personal care items. This year, most of the bags are going with Mr & Mrs Santa Claus to various women’s centers around Saskatoon to be given to mom’s in need. This is dear to Marilyn’s heart as she was a single Mom at one stage of her life so she says she knows how worried single Mom’s can get at Christmas time. Often the Mom is forgotten as she is so busy trying to provide for her kids. Marilyn is super happy to tell us that over 100 Moms will receive a special little gift from Santa this year.

We applaud Marilyn for the wonderful work she is doing to spread the Christmas Spirit. I am quite sure 2015 will still find Marilyn hard at work sewing for folk in her city so if you have any fabric, batting, zippers or trims that you do not need anymore, I am quite sure Marilyn will put this to very good use. Scraps are just fine as these little baggies don’t require large pieces of fabric etc. I’m specifically asking this of Saskatchewan folk: if you do have sewing supplies lying around, won’t you consider dropping this off in a bag marked Marilyn R Charity Sewing at The Sewing Machine Store in Saskatoon. Thank you in advance.

We would love to hear from any other folk who continued with the bag challenge even though we did not officially hold the same challenge this year. I do know of some groups such as the Sawyers Sewing Center ladies and Judy who worked yet again to put together bags for Sandy Merriman House. I will post pics of this in the New year when I receive their feedback.  Any others out there who quietly got on with spreading the Christmas spirit? Let us know…..we’d love to show others what you made and how you brightened someone’s life this Christmas.

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  1. Betty-Ann Shalkowsky says:

    I am so proud of Marilyn, who
    is my dear sister-in-law!


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