Community Service

The Indianapolis Chapter of the American Sewing Guild supports many different service projects.  Community Service projects are completed at a chapter level,  neighborhood group level, and individual member level.  Anyone can participate in any project. The three major projects sponsored by the chapter are:

  • Christmas Stockings For Our Troops and military families who have ties to Indiana
  • Caring Quilts for critically ill patients
  • Lovey program for newborns in Neonatal Intensive Care Units

Join us and make someone’s day with these Community Service Projects. As neighborhood groups want to open their project to other members, we will post them on this site. Each project is listed below. Thank you to all of our members who give of themselves with these projects and many others.

 

Christmas Stockings For The Troops

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For over 15 years, the ASG Indianapolis Chapter has sewn stockings that have been given to our troops, military families, and first responders with Indiana ties. As long as our loved ones are fighting for our freedom, we want to give a little taste of “Back Home in Indiana”. The stockings are given to the Hero Outreach group, Hillcrest Angels, and the USO who fill the stockings with candy and goodies.  Shipping and content donations are provided by other organization & individuals.  The stockings are then shipped both within Indiana and overseas.

Click here for the Christmas Stocking pattern and here for the instructions.

In addition to the paper pattern included on this website, multiple Indy ASG members have AccuQuilt dies for fast cutting fabric for stockings. Contact the Community Service Coordinator to use these dies or to get pre-cut stockings.

When your stockings are completed, contact our Community Service Coordinator at communityservice@indyasg.org or call 317-979-7185 (Linda Baker) to arrange pickup. Stockings can also be brought to the annual meeting in November.

 

Caring Quilts For Critically Ill Patients

caring-quilts-for-st-vincentThe Indianapolis chapter of ASG supports critical care hospitals, such as St. Vincent Seton Hospital, that provide comprehensive acute care for those who are critically ill. A hospital representative will decide at what point the patient will receive the quilt. The patient will take the quilt home with them as a reminder of the warmth, concern, and support behind that quilt both from the hospital caregivers and from the Indianapolis chapter of ASG. We hope that the quilts will provide comfort and peace as they approach the next phase of their journey. Approximately 100 quilts are needed each year. St. Vincent Seton quilt instructions can be found here:   Caring Quilts

When your quilt is completed, contact our Community Service Coordinator at communityservice@indyasg.org or call 317-979-7185 to arrange pickup.

 

“Lovey” Program For Newborns

lovey-heartIn 2019 the March of Dimes NICU Family Support Program asked the Indianapolis Chapter of American Sewing Guild to provide comfort to babies who are in neonatal intensive care units. Although March of Dimes no longer has an Indianapolis office, we have continued to supply loveys to NICU’s each year since. Currently, the Women’s Hospital houses the largest NICU in Indiana and has over 1,000 admissions annually.

Babies in the NICU can be as born prematurely as young as 23 weeks old gestation and as tiny as one pound. Many new parents can’t hold their newborn; they may only be able to touch them inside an isolette. So much family emotion is present at the time these tiny babies come into the world.  The parents want to be by the side of their newborn, yet have to take care of the responsibilities at home and work.

The first senses that newborns have are touch and smell. While the parents cannot be by the baby’s side 24/7, we can help them provide a bit of themselves to the baby by creating small flannel hearts. The small flannel hearts are given to the parents. The parents can sleep with and live with the hearts for a short period of time infusing their scent. The parents will then take the hearts to the NICU to be placed in the isolette with their baby. Through the sense of smell, this will help to give the baby some security of their parent being nearby. Each baby receives 2 hearts so that while one is being laundered and ‘re-scented’, the other heart is in their isolette. Over 2,000 Lovey’s were donated in 2019. Lovey directions and patterns can be found here:  Lovey Pattern/Instructions

When your loveys are completed, contact our Community Service Coordinator at communityservice@indyasg.org or call 317-979-7185 to arrange pickup.