The “Baby Bib Charity Sew” was launched at our March 2014 “I Love to Sew Club” sessions. Club members are sewing baby bibs to be donated the Pregnancy Assistance Center in Washington. THANK YOU to all who have already participated in the “PhilSew Baby Bib Charity Sew”!
Pictured above is Larry, owner of Phil’s Sewing Machines, Fritzie Alferman, Director of the Pregnancy Assistance Center, and Janet, Sewing Club Instructor for Phil’s Sewing Machines.
Fritzie Alferman, Director of the Pregnancy Assistance Center was the guest speaker at our “I Love to Sew Club” on Tuesday. She explained how the Pregnancy Assistance Center helps mothers and families in need by assisting with the necessities for their babies. It all began in 1974 when Monsignor Westhoff asked Fritzie to help one mother in need. Fritzie generously continued to help others and this year marks her 40th year of service. Fritzie is quick to point out that she couldn’t have done it alone. She is helped by her daughter Stephanie, who is the Co-Director of the Center and by a staff of forty volunteers. Even more volunteers pitch in and help at special fund raising events.
Wednesday, we delivered 65 bibs, along with many pillowcases and other donated baby items to the center and enjoyed a tour of the facility. It is amazing to see, and to learn about all the work the center provides to assist and educate new and expecting mothers in need. The cleanliness and efficiency of their organized warehouse is a sure sign that the volunteers love and take pride in their work. Yes, I said volunteers! EVERYONE working at the Pregnancy Assistance Center is a volunteer!
While guiding our tour, Fritzie told us how pleased and surprised she was when she found out that our club members wanted to make baby bibs and pillowcases for the center. She showed us the plastic barrel where donated bibs are stored, and you could say they are literally scraping the bottom of barrel!
There is always a need for more baby bibs as well as burp cloths, which is why this is an on-going project for our club. You can help at any time and any style of baby bibs and/or burp cloths are welcomed. They may be made as simply or ornately as you choose. Please no buttons or attachments that could become a choking hazard.
To learn more about the Pregnancy Assistance Center or our Baby-Bib Charity Sew, visit these links to our blog: http://philsew.blogspot.com/2014/05/take-tour.html http://philsew.blogspot.com/2014/04/baby-bib-charity-sew.html