Kits can be purchased at a fabric store such as JoAnn Fabric. Completed blankets can be dropped off on the bench outside the church officeon Sundays or Tue-Fri 9 am-3 pm.
Kits are available while supplies last for experienced Sew-Haat Pillowcase makers. Pillowcases can be brought back to the church Tue-Fri 9 am-3 pm. They are delivered with bed kits through the “Beds for Kids” program run by One House At A Time. For information, contact the church office.
Sew-Haat continues to make pillowcases and no-sew blankets for the OHAAT Beds for Kids program, even though we have been unable to get together to do so. Thank you very much to those of you who continue to donate fabric, sew and exchange finished pillowcases for more kits! Ever since the world closed up in March, the Sew-Haat team has made hundreds of pillowcases and several no-sew blankets while practicing social distancing. A lot of work goes into making this many pillowcases – from a mess in the closet to tidy bags packed and ready to deliver (see before and after photos), but the work is definitely a labor of love.
As many already know, One House at a Time’s (OHAAT) Beds for Kids program strives to end child bedlessness in the Greater Philadelphia region – even in our own area! OHAAT delivers over 1,000 beds annually to children, youth and adults, relying on the support of volunteers and the generosity of this community in order to fill a bedtime bag for each program recipient. Items in the bedtime bags that can be donated include: new pillows; new/gently used twin sheet sets, blankets or comforters; no-sew fleece blankets; new tooth brushes; new/gently used stuffed animals and books (children-adult); handmade children’s masks and small bottles of hand sanitizer.
The children who receive a new bed from OHAAT have been in some sort of personal crisis due to domestic abuse, illness, unemployment, or one of many other reasons. Add the stress of recent current events to that personal trauma, and these children often have very little to smile about. Sew-Haat’s mission is to provide a smile, or perhaps even a little bit of joy, with our handmade gifts. If you have any questions or would like to participate, contact the church office.
At One House at a Time (OHAAT) our Mission is to help families establish (or reestablish) self-sufficient lives by providing them with the necessities of a functional home environment. OHAAT currently runs a program called Beds for Kids (BFK), which provides disadvantaged children living in the Philadelphia area with a basic, but overlooked, need. Every child in the program receives a twin bed, bedding, and supplementary items that encourage healthy bedtime habits, like books, toothbrushes and stuffed animals. OHAAT purchases the beds from various manufacturers, and bedding and supplementary items are donated, sorted, and packaged by individuals and partner organizations—churches, social groups, and businesses. Everything is delivered directly to the homes of children in need, thanks to OHAAT’s 15-foot box truck and 100+ volunteers.
Here at Jarrettown United Methodist Church, we help OHAAT throughout the year in one or more of the following ways: By Donating Funds: A donation of just $211 provides a child with a twin-size bed frame, box spring, mattress, mattress cover, sheet set, blanket, pillow, book pack, stuffed animal, and toothbrush. Checks should be addressed to “One House at a Time” and mailed to 411 Susquehanna Rd. Ambler, PA 19002. Donations can also be made by credit card on OHAAT’s website,www.ohaat.org/donate. By Donating Sheets and Blankets: Help collect new or like-new sheets and blankets (twin only). A collection bin for donations is located in the JUMC Mission Center. By Donating Gently Used Books appropriate for teen readers.