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Grandmothers Selling Yards and Yarns for Charity

LINDA DeVillers

By LINDA DeVillers

The Orillia and area residents have been overwhelmingly generous in donating their “stash” of craft supplies in support of Orillia’s Mariposa Grandmothers for Grandmothers. On September 24/16 from 9 to 2 the St. Paul’s Centre Banquet Hall will be filled to capacity with a colourful array of beautiful fabrics, soft yarns, kits, books, patterns, beads, buttons and all imaginable types of fibre art and craft supplies.
For a $10.00 donation shoppers will receive a hand-made tote bag sewn by members of the Orillia group and those bags can be filled with quilting, sewing, knitting, crocheting rug making supplies.
In addition, this year we also have another shopping area with larger items such as sewing machines, embroidery and quilting frames, silk flowers, sewing baskets and other items that won’t fit into the tote bags.
The Mariposa Grandmothers Group is part of the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign. This Campaign was formed in 2006 as a Canadian grassroots response to the emerging crisis faced by African grandmothers as they struggled to care for millions of children orphaned by AIDS. African grandmothers became parents anew in the midst of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. There are currently 240 Grandmothers groups across Canada.
Orillia’s Mariposa Grandmothers to Grandmothers Group has been in existence for 10 years and continues to fundraise to meet the needs of African grandmothers and the children in their care. We meet at 9:00 the third Friday of each month at St. Paul’s Centre, Corner of Coldwater and Peter Streets. New members are always welcome!

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