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The Season of Giving – by Eliut Morales

Regina works with a student explaining a sewing technique. They are standing in front of table measuring fabric.

Regina works with a student explaining a sewing technique. They are standing in front of table measuring fabric.The holidays are coming up, which means it’s time to make shopping lists and try to get your shopping done on time! The holidays are more than just family gatherings and parties – they’re also about giving. This means more than just buying gifts for family and friends, but also helping give some holiday cheer to those in need.

Regina Clemons, our sewing instructor, has been helping people in need for years. She learned to sew through her grandmother, who would teach her how to mend and make her own clothes. Her skills eventually led her to creating stage costumes and clothing at festivals throughout the east coast. Since then, she has participated in a number of events to help distribute clothing.

A few years ago, she started a sewing project called Hats for the Homeless. “I would make hats, put them in care packages, and distribute them to homeless folks to help them during severe weather conditions,” Clemons said. With the help of her church group, she sent over a hundred hats to Seattle, WA!

When asked why she decided to start a charity sewing project here at the Community Center, Clemons said, “While looking for dress patterns for beginners for one of my classes, I came across Little Dresses for Africa. After reading the group’s mission, I thought it would be a great idea to bring it here!”

“In the wake of hurricanes in the mid-Atlantic and folks losing their homes, I think a charity sewing event is the least I can do. Even if people don’t know how to sew, any help cutting, ironing, and packing is appreciated,” Clemons added.

In closing, Clemons said, “None of us are immune to disastrous weather or other events that could leave us in need. If we share common ground around something as simple as sewing to help others, we will be more resilient when tough times come. That’s the true strength of our community!”

Our Charity Sewing Event resumes on November 7 starting at 6:00pm. Bring any unused clothing, materials, and supplies to help us make clothes and other items for people in need! Even something as simple as a shirt to wear means a lot to someone who needs it.

Eliut Morales is the Writer/Content Specialist for the City of Manassas Park, Department of Parks and Recreation. He can be reached at 703-335-8872 or via email at e.morales@manassasparkva.gov.

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