As we’re winding down the year, it’s so rewarding and fun to look back to see what’s happened; what’s been accomplished. We, at Janome Canada certainly have lots to be thankful for as we accomplished a great deal THANKS TO MANY OF YOU who so generously donated fabric and sewing supplies to the donation drive we held for the I Love First Peoples Sew and Sew Program.
Earlier this year, Janome Canada partnered with the Canadian Organization I Love First Peoples, and donated new Janome 2030QDC machines to the I Love First Peoples’ Sew and Sew Program, which shares the love of sewing with schools in remote Indigenous communities across Canada.
During the month of March we put out the call to you, our loyal Janome fans, asking for donations of fabric, thread, rotary cutters; whatever sewing supplies any budding young sewist would need. We were blown away with the amount of donations we received, so enjoy the trip down memory lane as we chronicle the journey through these little videos below.
I wrote several blogs on Janome Life, as well, sharing the process as many of you asked for updates. It was A LOT of work collecting and sorting all those donations, but, fortunately, I had Janome Canada Educator extraordinaire, Amanda, helping me along the way. I’d still be in the sorting process had it not been for Amanda, so a big shout out to her!
This last video is a reveal of the big box of gorgeous fabrics donated from Northcott/ Figo Fabrics. I had reached out to them, asking for whatever fabrics they might be able to donate, never expecting the amount they sent us. I was sew impressed! I felt like a kid at Christmas opening the box, so I can only imagine how the school kids will feel receiving all their boxes of sewing goodies and brand new Janome 2030QDC machines.
Below is a photo of the donation boxes wrapped and ready to be shipped. Every box had to be labeled, numbered and weighed before it was stacked on the skids. A huge shout out to our Janome Canada warehouse staff who helped in this process!
I’m thrilled to report a total of 121 boxes (16x16x18) of donated sewing supplies, stacked on 5 skids, weighing a whopping 3,014 pounds collectively will be sent to the various schools so they may join in the creative fun and love of sewing!
Though the donation drive wrapped up at the end of May, financial contributions to the Sew and Sew Program can be made securely online anytime through the I Love First Peoples website.
Thankyou again to all who donated; we couldn’t have done it without you!