Linda Jacobson, founder of We Sew Love, simply wanted to get a pile of t-shirts out of her Center Point home. She never imagined God would lead her on a path of establishing a local sewing ministry with an international impact. Jacobson had the idea of turning the discarded t-shirts into underwear. She shared her idea with a Real Hope for Haiti missionary in hopes that they would be useful at their Haiti hospice center. Jacobson recalls that the missionary’s eyes filled with tears as she explained how useful they would be. “I got busy cutting up more t-shirts and when I got through the first pile, it made 500,” Jacobson says.
What she thought was a completed project turned out to be much more! Jacobson returned home to find big black garbage bags full of t-shirts on her doorstep. She began brainstorming and had the idea to pattern dresses for little girls out of the t-shirts. “T-shirts just kept showing up. The stream would not go away,” remembers Jacobson. She became overwhelmed when her daughter shared that the ladies at her church were in search of a summer project. Jacobson gathered up all of the t-shirts and went to Huffman Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. to set up. The ladies loved making the dresses so much that the leaders of the church offered to allow Jacobson to set up a sewing ministry in the church. We Sew Love was born.
Today, volunteers meet at Huffman Baptist Church on Thursdays to sew and be in community. Plus, there is now a We Sew Love ministry at Pawnee Baptist Church in Irondale, Ala. and one starting soon at Liberty Church in Hoover, Ala. We Sew Love has even expanded to Iowa and Florida! Each group sews t-shirts, dresses, shorts, bibs, underwear, burial gowns and more for children all over the world. Jacobson shares that We Sew Love has sent clothing to ministries in 14 different countries in the last 18 months including Real Hope for Haiti and Vapor Ministries. Jacobson says that she continues to learn from this journey that, “God’s warehouse is bottomless.”
- Melissa Armstrong