Good Samaritan Sewing CircleGood Samaritan Sewing Circle

     Our on-going ministry projects are Boo-Boo Bears and Tummy Tucker pillows, which are donated to area hospitals, and yearly fleece blankets for those in homeless shelters (men, women & children). From time to time, we make animal blankets for dogs and cats at the Porter County Animal Shelter if they express the need. Also, in these past 15 years, we've made baby layettes for new moms at Kissy Clinic in Sierra Leone, backpacks for children in Dominican Republic, and minimum (80) laundry bags each year before the Royal Family Kids Camp experience at Epworth Forest.

When and Where We Meet - Join Us

     Good Samaritan Sewing Circle meets on the third Saturday of each month from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Tower Chapel in the church. We welcome anyone who enjoys working with their hands to come join us. Sewers may bring their sewing machines, and we also have projects for those who don't sew, also.

How We Are Funded

     Since we aren't a line item in the church's budget, we found that to cover the costs of the materials we needed to make items to sell in order to have funds available for us to continue to purchase the fleece, labels, stuffing, and thread for the bears and tummy tuckers. After several years, however, we found that making items for the twice yearly sales was taking more time and expense away from our ministry focus, as well as all the work involved in setting up and doing the sales. It was decided in 2017 to discontinue our sales. There was one special monthly giving opportunity for funds since that time. We depend on the generous donations of our church family to continue this ministry that reaches so many women, children, and animals in our community and beyond.

Our Three Main Projects

  • Boo-Boo Bears are taken to both Porter Regional Hospital emergency rooms. Ten are taken weekly to the main campus ER, as well as (12) monthly to the Pediatrics floor, and (12) to the ER at the Roosevelt Rd. campus. Depending on illnesses during the year, often more bears are needed during heavy flu & respiratory illness season.
  • Tummy Tuckers are 9" x 12" fleece pillows that are given to new mothers who have had a C-Section delivery of their child. A minimum monthly sup of (12) pillows are available for those new moms in need of them.
  • Fleece Blankets are a newer item we've added to our ministry. The blankets are (2) pre-cut pieces of fleece sold together as a kit through Joann Fabrics. The sizes are usually 5-"x60", and 60" x 72", and we sew the fleece together to make the blankets.

     To provide these three main items of our ministry, we spend an average of $1,089 in fleece, stuffing, labels, and thread each year. Since the Good Samaritan Sewing group began 15 years ago, we have given about 9,000 Boo-Boo Bears to children in emergency rooms and pediatrics, about 435 Tummy Tucker pillows to new mothers these last three years, and 45 blankets to the homeless. We've also given about 125 cat & dog blankets to the Animal Shelter, and sewn 880 laundry bags for Royal Family Kids Camp (these are made using old sheets when donated through the UMW Resale Shop of First United Methodist Church of Valparaiso).