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Caz 'sew-a-thon' held for Haiti

After a powerful earthquake struck Haiti Jan. 12, people across the world came together to help any way they could.

At the Cazenovia United Methodist Church, women (and some men) came together with scissors, thread and fabric for a three-day "sew-a-thon" Jan. 18 through 20.

"The Lord has just blessed us so much with people who are willing to help," said organizer Jeanne Jones of the Nelson Methodist Church. Jones, Pastor Betty Burlew and Mary Sigle organized the event.

The volunteer sewing club actually began almost two years ago through the Dress Our People organization. Using donated fabric, volunteers sewed dresses, shirts, shorts and tank tops for people in underprivileged areas. The clothes initially went to Haiti, and the project eventually expanded to about 17 countries. More than 1,000 items of clothing had been produced by the organization before the sew-a-thon.

After the devestation of the January earthquake, Jones, Burlew and Sigle decided to host a three-day, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. sew-a-thon. All clothing produced during those three days will be sent to Haiti.

About 150 different items were finished during the sew-a-thon, and volunteers came from Auburn, Peterboro and several different Cazenovia churches.

The Dress Our People project will continue to meet at 6 p.m. the third Monday of each month. The group is accepting donations of fabric (1 to 2.5 yard pieces preferred), lace, tape and other materials. Donations can be dropped off at the Cazenovia United Methodist Church, or call the church at 655-3519.

Volunteers of any level of expertise are always welcome.

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