The Church of St Matthias and St James the Apostle and the Guelph Tool Library, a Transition Guelph project, would like your help with a sewing machine and materials collection drive called “Sew North”. We will be collecting materials at the church and the Guelph Tool Library from April 15 until May 12, 2018 and looking for donations. On Saturday May 12, we will host a packing\fixing day to service and tune up all the machines going north at the church.

How can you help? First, tell your friends and family about Sew North. We have decided to concentrate on sewing machines, materials and notions. This can include buttons, fabric, yard goods, trims, zippers, pins, needles, threads, or any items for handwork. We are also looking for machines of any type and make. They do not have to be in working condition as we will be servicing all the machines. Also, on Saturday May 12, we will need a number of volunteers to help out with logistics, working with our fixers, and packaging up materials.

We also need financial help to pay for parts for broken machines, extra or needed materials that are not donated, packing materials, and technical support for the fixers. Donations of $10 or more will be issued a charitable receipt.

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Sew North is being carried out as part of the Inuit Outreach Project (IOP) which has been running for over 9 years in the Diocese of Niagara. Materials are sent to the north through a program offered by Air Inuit. Air Inuit flies to a number of communities in Northern Quebec and provides free transportation for the collected materials. Program Co-ordinator George Gastle of St Paul’s says their aims are twofold, firstly, ‘to provide essential items for daily living and secondly, to learn about yesterday and today’s Inuit Culture and share information about living conditions for our Northern Neighbours.” George reports shipments have gone to nine communities in the past 9 years.

The idea for the project came from Environment and Social Justice Committee member Mary Ann Robinson. She said “this is an excellent project to both provide assistance where needed and at the same time, moving some things out of your own storage after you no longer use them. Downsize with purpose!”

John Dennis who is a Tool Library Coordinator reported that “this was a natural collaboration between the church and the Guelph Tool Library. We have our volunteer fixers from our Repair Cafes and the church will have a need to service and tune up a number of sewing machines.” The church was the host of the first ever Repair Café Guelph in August of 2016 and the Repair Café will be returning again this August to the church.

If you need more information or assistance with transporting, sorting or packing, you are welcome to contact : Mary Ann Robinson, John Dennis or Ann Chidwick at