Northborough – Despite the pandemic, the women of the Dolls and More Boston chapter of the American Sewing Guild have continued their mission to donate 100 dolls each year to community groups and charities who serve girls who live in shelters or are in crisis.
On Oct. 27, members gathered with masks and warm winter coats outside at the Northborough Senior Center to celebrate their 10th anniversary with a milestone accomplishment – their 1,000th doll and wardrobe.
To date, they have donated to organizations such as A Place to Turn, Bethany Hills Place, Hope Shelter, Northborough Family and Youth Services, Natick Service Council, Abby’s House women’s shelter. Each girl receives an 18-inch doll, similar to the American Girl doll, along with a hand-sewn wardrobe and tote.
At their recent meeting, members of the group chatted, at a distance, about missing their Tuesday’s spent at the Northborough Senior Center, where they typically meet.
“You would hear the machines buzzing and a lot of chatter, but somehow each year we managed to put together the wardrobes and receive the number of dolls we need,” said Northborough resident Adrienne Cost, who spearheaded the group.
Much of the fabric for the handmade clothing comes from donations. Donations can be made to American Sewing Guild-Boston Chapter, c/o Adrienne Cost, 18 Gates Lane, Northborough, MA 01532.
The American Sewing Guild is a national membership organization that welcomes sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels to learn new sewing skills, network with others who share an interest in sewing and participate in community service sewing projects. For information on the Boston chapter, visit www.asg.org.