Importing Sewing Supplies vs. Buying Locally
First and foremost, thank you for your interest in helping our students!
As an organization that's focused on providing work for Haitians, we've decided to re-evaluate how we handle sewing supplies donations.
We want to be good stewards of the resources God has entrusted to us, and at the same time, we want to support the local Haitian economy in which we work. If all of our supplies are purchased and brought in from the United States, then the Haitian shop owners are missing out on potential sales, which helps provide for themselves and their families.
In addition to supporting the Haitian economy, shipping items to Haiti is expensive. Unfortunately, it's getting more expensive each year so we need to be strategic in what we send.
Supplies we're currently accepting
Moving forward, we are seeking to purchase the majority of our sewing supplies in Haiti.
However, some fabric is hard to find in Haiti or simply not available, so we will still need to import it. We are currently seeking the following donations:
- Apparel fabrics (nothing hot - no wool, fleece, etc).
- Printed cotton fabric
Duck cloth (which is a canvas-type fabric). We use this to make purses and bags.
- Denim (all colors).
Please contact us if you're interested in donating this type of fabric. We'd love to chat with you!***
What to do with your gently used sewing supplies
We have a few recommendations on who to contact about your gently used sewing supplies:
- Local churches - some of these may have sewing groups that could use the supplies.
- Your local American Sewing Guild Chapter.
- Many thrift stores will accept fabric and sewing supplies, but it's a good idea to call ahead first to make sure.
***Please note: Our office is located in the Louisville, Kentucky area. As much as we'd like to, we are unable to pickup donations or cover the cost of shipping.