Cloth For Kids Saskatoon has donated many hats, glove and mitts over the years. This year they are also contributing an assortment of handmade lovely fabric bags to @TLC gift boxes. They are looking for more volunteers to help them with their ever-increasing workloads….and we really want to help them grow!
We would like to share their story with you!
Cloth for Kids was put into place to provide new clothing for needy children in Saskatchewan.
Started by Edna Poncelet after she visited a conference. She got the idea from speaking with other sewing store business owners. In spring 2002 Edna placed an advert in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix calling for fabric and notion donations and volunteer sewers. Edna and three volunteers started with their first agency request from the Elizabeth Fry Society for 150 gift bags.
Cloth for Kids was based out of Edna’s fabric store for two years until more space was needed. Until a new space was acquired, a generous volunteer stored all the Cloth for Kids items in her basement for several months. A committee was formed to find a new space and St. Thomas Wesley Church had a room…free of charge. The complete lower hall was available for Cloth for Kids to use including large tables and storage for all the supplies, fabrics, finished items and machines.
During the first few years, it was a challenge to convince people that the sewn items were free to the agencies for children. See one of our first posters below.
In 2008 Cloth for Kids gained Canadian charitable status.
In 2013 the volunteer base has grown to more than 50 people and on any given Thursday there are 20+ volunteers sewing, and many of our home workers drop in with their products, or to pick up more raw material.
Since moving to St Thomas Wesley Church basement, Cloth for Kids has participated and hosted various events.