Master Sergeant Clara Vargas and her team of American soldiers have a mission to teach 4,000 widowed Afghan women to sew, so they can provide basic necessities for themselves and their children. These women have nothing. Clara started this project last year and quilters and lots of sponsors are doing what they can to help.
They are asking for treadle machines and irons that are heated on a fire, like my grandmother used, because there is no electricity available. When I think of how fortunate I am, I thank God. Who uses fire to heat irons anymore? These women do. I may not be able to donate a treadle machine or an old antique iron, but I have many of these items in my sewing room that I doubt I'd ever miss. How lucky I am.
Several quilt stores, have jumped on the band wagon and are providing postage to mail these items to Afghanistan. All we have to do is give what we can to help these poor women.
Some of the things they need are:
Bags or Totes
Needles (Hand & Machine)
Ribbon & Trim
And much more!
Please go to clarascalling.com and read about this amazing project. I'm taking this to my local guild. I know they will be ready to give generously. I hope you do your share.