Blessing thousands of impoverished children around the world, one garment at a time.

SEWING MINISTRY ORIGINS

Founded by Vi Valencourt, the sewing ministry came about by a woman with a heart for sewing for impoverished children. She wanted to use her sewing skills and gifts to give to little ones.  Reid Saunders and the RSA team would then take the clothing Vi made and carry it across the world to distribute to people in communities wherever he was setting up a festival.  The clothing was originally distributed to orphanages.

A few years later, several other women learned of Vi’s work and joined her efforts.  This led to a community “children’s fashion show” of children modeling some of the styles being sent. From here, the ministry expanded.  People donated fabrics and notions to be used.  Many women across Salem and the USA signed up to sew for the children.  Whitlock’s Sewing and Vacuum, located in downtown Salem, offered their classrooms and machines once a month to give additional opportunities to sew there under the guidance of Carma Myers and Jeannette Pitalo.

Today, hundreds of little dresses, shorts, t-shirts and undies are being distributed to people living in the poorest areas around the world. Now RSA teams distribute clothing, in Jesus’ Name, to various villages, door to door, at RSA medical clinics, in slums, and wherever there is a great need.

OUR SEWING TEAM PURPOSE

In reaching out to family needs, our prayer is that the families will then attend the festivals, hear the Gospel message, and receive Christ.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?

1.  Do you love to sew?  Are you a quilter? Do you sew clothing? Say “yes” to volunteering your time and materials to sew at home and/or at Whitlock’s.  We target making clothing for children, ages 2-12.
2.  If you do or do not sew, donate 2 or more yards of bright colored 100% cotton fabric (prints, stripes).  Ask friends and neighbors if they will donate from their sewing stashes.  Or volunteer to cut out fabric for the sewing ladies.
3.  Donate t-shirts and girl’s undies (sizes 3-12).
4.  Donate funds to help finance the extra luggage needed for these articles as they are flown to the various countries.  It costs $100 per bag.  Call the Reid Saunders Association for information on this.
 

WHAT CAN I SEW?

1.  Sew a child’s garment that is simple and modest…not too elaborate. However, you may creatively embellish the dress appropriately for children. We discourage zippers.  Capped sleeves are preferable on dresses, but please do not sew pillowcase dresses that have large arm holes.  Shoulders that have ties (sundresses) are good as long as the bodice is one that covers the chest or can be pulled up to cover the chest. We add 2-3″ to the length of the dress when cutting them out.  The climate and culture of many of the places – where RSA distributes clothes – is warm and modest.
2.  Boys shorts should be simple and made of denim or the modern sports materials. Add at least 2″ to the shorts patterns.
3.  You choose your favorite patterns to use.  However, we do have patterns to copy onto pellon at Whitlocks, if you wish to take your copies home.  Watch for pattern sales.
4.  You may choose your own fabric or use donated fabrics stored the the RSA headquarters on 5094 36th Ave. SE, Salem 97317.  Their phone is 503-581-7394.

5.  Start a group of your friends sewing from your church or neighborhood.

JOIN THE “CHARITY SEW” DAY EACH MONTH

On every 2nd Tuesday of the month, women meet upstairs at Whitlock’s Vacuum and Sewing store, 455 Court St. NE. in Salem, Oregon.  There you will be able to sew the pre-cut dress kits or cut your own from donated fabrics or work on a project you started at home.  Bring your machine and/or serger or Whitlock’s has machines you may use.  The gentlemen there will help you carry in your machines, if you wish.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT RSA AND THEY WILL GET YOU IN TOUCH WITH THE SEWING TEAM LEADERS
info@reidsaunders.org or 503-581-7394

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