The ladies of Sew Quilt Share recently hosted Pad Palooza at Gateway Church. Since female students in many third world countries miss a week of school each month because they lack access to feminine hygiene products, the main purpose of the event was to cut and sew small bags of blessings to support Mission Possible’s outreach to precious young women in the rural areas of Haiti.
The patterns and fabrics for the projects were provided, but volunteers were needed to cut and assemble. We are happy to report that a total of 222 cloth feminine pads were sewn that day and several hundred more were cut out. In addition, 75 blessing bags were also completed!
An additional purpose for Pad Palooza was to open the doors of Gateway Church and invite the community to connect with us. Over eighty women of all ages answered the call to serve and at several points during the day, additional tables were set up to accommodate those who wanted to help! A soup and salad bar were provided for lunch giving an opportunity for connection and fellowship.
Guest speaker Deb Geis, a representative from Mission Possible, shared how God is using this outreach to impact the lives of students in Haiti. These simple bags of blessings are a tool to share the gospel and provide hope to young women in need.
It has been both humbling and exciting to see the hand of God move in the hearts of women all over the world who learn about this outreach to precious young women in Haiti. This past year, 7,600 cloth feminine pads were mailed to Gateway Church from all over the United States, Canada, England, and Australia. Combined with what was sewn at Pad Palooza, enough was provided to assist 650 students! The ladies of Sew Quilt Share are honored to serve as a collection point for this outreach and look forward to seeing what God has in store for the future.
If you would like to connect with others at Gateway Church who have a heart to serve, the next Sew Quilt Share meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 23rd from 9:30-4:00. To learn more, please visit our Sew Quilt Share Facebook page.