For 43 years, a group of volunteers at Fisher Street United Methodist Church in Jonesboro and the surrounding areas have been providing Easter clothes for local school children.
The project, originally called “Church Women United” was created in 1980 by a group of women. The name has since evolved to “Church Women United Easter Sew-in… Continues.”
Every January, the group of women partners with local schools to provide Easter clothing to 15 girls and 10 boys per school, ranging in age from pre-k to sixth grade. The volunteers also provide the Arkansas Early Learning Center with 25 packs of clothing per boy and girl.
This year, they have 177 girls and 132 boys.
For the boys, they provide a pair of jeans, a polo shirt, underwear, and socks, and for the girls, a dress and panties. The girls also get hair bows, with the help of Mt. Carmel Church donating at least 100 bows every year.
Most clothing and items are received by donations, but the group still provides sewing kits for those who want to sew a dress themselves. The kits, which can be picked up at Fisher Street United Methodist Church in Jonesboro, contain all necessary items needed to sew a dress, including patterns, fabric, buttons, and thread.
If you would like to make a donation, sizes 5 to 10 are the most needed for both boys and girls, however, other sizes are accepted.
The Church Women United Easter Sew-in volunteers accept donations year-round. For more information about the project, contact Roberta Horner at (870) 897-7752 or Nina Hedger at (870) 926-5696.
Donations can also be mailed to:
Fisher Street United Methodist Church
Attn: Easter Sew-in
301 N. Fisher St
Jonesboro, AR 72401
Charles Coleman is the pastor at Fisher Street United Methodist Church in Jonesboro.