Creating For The Homeless

This event will be a creative effort to help the homeless in DFW. In
concert with Fellowship of Freethought and Atheists Helping the Homeless,
we will be making blankets, fleece jackets, mittens, and hats to donate to
shelters.

I will be providing the Polartec fleece fabric, two sewing machines, a
serging sewing machine, scissors, patterns, etc. If you don't know how to
sew don't worry! There will be opportunities to learn, or if you wish not
to sew, we need people to cut out patterns, make measurements, pin garments
together, etc.

Knitters are welcome to participate in the making of hats, gloves, and
mittens, or crocheted blankets. Anyone interested in learning to knit
will be accommodated. Again, materials will be provided (knitting
needles/yarn).

This is a family friendly event open to everyone who would like to
participate. Great service opportunity for kids and adults!

What should I bring?

For those who are just there to help and learn, simply bring yourself. If
you are a crafter who has supplies, please bring them. We will need:

- yarn
- fabric scissors
- cutting mats
- rotary cutters
- pins/clover clips
- knitting needles
- sewing machines, if you have them
- plastic grocery bags (to contain the finished items)

I will be marking everything I bring with my name, I encourage anyone who
is bringing items to be used to do the same.

Please come out and help those in need during this cold season! Email
with any questions/comments.

Lisa Cloutier
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  • roddi s.

    Angela, I relate to you here. This is ultimately a group (fof)of warm and welcoming people. As a sort of newcomer myself, I've experienced the same thing, though. I have tried to sus out why...maybe something about the general "type" of personality in the group, or maybe my own issues with culture shock and relating to others. I haven't figured it out, but ultimately it has been totally worth it for me to keep showing up to events and meetups.

    1 · January 14, 2014

    • roddi s.

      Also, as a person who has just began my travels as a free thinker, and as someone who suddenly stopped participating in a like minded group (aka church), I was very lonely and isolated for a while. I was sooo very excited to find a group like FOF. My expectations were high. Even though my expectations haven't exactly been thwarted, and I have enjoyed budding new friendships, I felt a bit of a let down at first- kinda like the feeling on Christmas day after all of the presents are open. I personally plan to be welcoming to newcomers in my participation with FOF. I hope people don't think I'm weird! Thank you for your candor, AND your hat was beautiful! You are quite skilled!

      January 14, 2014

    • Angela J.

      Thanks for all of your kind words and excellent ideas, Roddi. I think the name tags would definitely help and maybe the group can assign a certain person as a greeter or something too. "Hi, welcome to the group. Here's a name tag for you. If you would like to help with ____, then just head over to that area over there and ______ will get you started on a project."

      1 · January 16, 2014

  • roddi s.

    I think that name tags would be a big help, also a sign up sheet maybe? I'm new, so I don't really know, but I sure like being able to look at someone, see their name and say, "hi Angela, I'm Roddi". Signing in ALSO gives the person signing in the initial feeling of being welcome and counted.

    2 · January 14, 2014

  • Angela J.

    I eventually had a good time, and I made a hat, but I initially didn't really feel welcome. I know I was late getting there, but it would have been great to have been welcomed by someone and been given a little instruction. It just seemed to take quite a while for anyone to talk to me or even acknowledge that I existed. :( I know this is only my 2nd meetup with y'all, but I really got a lot of blank stares like "Who the hell are you?".

    1 · January 14, 2014

  • roddi s.

    Can't wait for the next one

    2 · January 12, 2014

  • roddi s.

    not known as a good sewer, but will show up to do what I can to help....maybe cutting fabric?!

    January 9, 2014

    • Lisa C.

      We will have plenty of jobs other than sewing!

      1 · January 9, 2014

  • Jeff E.

    Forgot that I have a play in Fort Worth at that same time

    January 9, 2014

  • Lisa C.

    Got a huge shipment of the Polartec today, as well as a ton of Powerdry backing, which we will be using to line the baby sleep sacks and as facing and pocket lining for the jackets!

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • Amanda S.

    Can't commit quite yet, but has this been posted to FoF's FB page/events yet? Might get more exposure/volunteers?

    January 7, 2014

    • Lisa C.

      If you can, go ahead and post it, but have them refer back to Meetup so I have a vague idea of how many are coming. Thanks :)

      January 8, 2014

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