The Helping Hands group at Marystown Central High School were pleasantly surprised when they received the news they would be receiving a donation of sewing machines from the company Brother Canada.
Debbie Northover, owner of Sew Many Stitches, a quilting store in St. John’s, learned about the group through an online article.
“The was an item written up that was talking about (the) Helping Hands and how they were making dresses for the children in Africa, so then in chats with Brother we thought it would be a nice project to support,” said Northover, who is also a dealer for Brother sewing machines.
She added that once a decision had been made that they would be donating the sewing machines to the group, then a representative from the company made contact with the group.
“Very, very surprised,” said Jackie Peach, the teacher facilitator for the Helping Hands group. “Lots of times you apply for a grant, but we knew nothing until they approached us a couple of weeks ago and said that they wanted to do something for the Helping Hands group because of our efforts with The Little Dresses (for Africia), so we were really surprised and pleased.”
Peach said the donation of the sewing machine can will aid the group greatly in the causes.
“MCHS doesn’t have a clothing (production) class, they don’t have any sewing machines, I think there is one in the art room, but it’s not something that we would have available to us,” she said. “So now even lunch times if we have an activity… we can set them up in a classroom and the girls can come in and sew during their lunch hour.”
Some upcoming projects for the Helping Hands group include a food drive, a water awareness walk in which members of the group will walk to a nearby water source with a jug on their back fill it and walk back to the school to represent the walk women in underdeveloped countries take to get water for their families.