Your donations make a difference
First and foremost, we sincerely thank you for your interest in helping the sewing students. The students are always delighted to receive beautiful fabric and supplies that they can use to make their special creations. We are very grateful for our supporters.
Before you consider donating
We frequently receive emails from around the country asking where our offices are located, and if we can pickup donations or cover the cost of shipping. As much as we’d like to have drop-off locations around the country, we are unable to do so at this time. We have one office, and it's located in Sellersburg, Indiana, which is in the Louisville, Kentucky metro area. If you will be passing through our area, we would be happy to meet you somewhere to pick-up your donation.
Unfortunately, we are unable to pickup donations from other parts of the country or cover the cost of shipping items to us. Anyone who wishes to donate fabric and sewing supplies will need to cover the cost of shipping to our US-based address in Sellersburg, Indiana (we will cover the costs and logistics of getting it to Haiti). Please contact us using the form below for our shipping address.
Supplies we're currently accepting
We try to purchase the majority of our fabric and sewing supplies in Haiti, which helps the local Haitian economy and saves on shipping (see below on how we ship the supplies). However, some fabric and supplies are hard to find in Haiti or simply not available, so we still need to import it.
We are currently seeking the following fabric donations (minimum of a quarter yard, please):
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). Our students love denim, and it's hard to find in the areas where we work.
We’re currently accepting new and gently used sewing supplies like buttons, scissors, thread, elastic, etc. Please, no patterns at this time.
If you are interested in donating any of the fabric or sewing supplies mentioned above, please contact us using the form below. We would love to chat with you.
Sewing supplies Donation Form
We like to chat with everyone who is interested in making an in-kind donation so we can ensure it’s a good fit. Your time and money are valuable, and we always want to respect that. We also like to know when items are shipped so we can ensure that all items are delivered, and nothing was lost in transit.
How does the supplies get to Haiti
We get this question a lot, so we wanted to tell you how the process works.
We do one large shipment once a year (usually late summer) with our mission partners. All of the supplies is held at our office in Indiana until we’re ready to pack the crates. The supplies are then sorted and packed into plastic vacuum sealed bags to ensure safe travel and future storage.
When it’s time, we rent a U-Haul truck and bring the supplies to our mission partners’ warehouse in Versailles, Kentucky. Once there, we take all of the supplies and load it into wooden crates.
Once packed, our mission partners send the crates via truck to south Florida where they are loaded onto a cargo ship. The cargo ship goes to Port-de-Paix, Haiti, and the crates are unloaded there. The sewing supplies are then divided between the two classes. The Port-de-Paix class supplies has reached its final destination, but the supplies for the Mole St. Nicolas class still needs to go on a 3-hour journey by truck.
In addition to the annual large shipment, we also bring a suitcase full of supplies when we visit. This is typically reserved for most needed items like purse fabric, fabric for pants, and denim.
As you can see, there is a lot of time and travel involved in getting the sewing supplies to Haiti. It costs hundreds of dollars to ship the crate, in addition to the money involved with purchasing the plastic vacuum bags, renting the U-haul, and traveling to Versailles. It may not seem like it, but this is actually the most cost-effective way for us to ship supplies to where we work in Haiti.