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Giving back

Here at MAKESHOP, we know it’s the season to give back to our community.

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If you are a regular reader of our blog,  then you know that we have a floor loom, a machine that weaves fabric. Last year, a lovely couple donated their loom to MAKESHOP. We dusted it off, and with some light care, have been able to get it fully functioning. Our staff knew that it was our responsibility to return this kind gesture.

Since we opened in October 2011, each staff person has learned how to operate this machine, including the many hours it takes to  “dress” the loom, all the behind the scenes effort to get the loom up and running. In just over a year’s time, we were able to weave 6 scarves, which we will proudly donate to a local  shelter.

This year, in conjunction with Saturday Light Brigade, The Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is hosting a Neighborhood Food Drive to benefit The Northside Commons Ministries. Our scarves have been branded,  gift wrapped, and now are just waiting to be unveiled.  There is nothing like unpackaging a hand made gift; and yet, nothing feels better than giving, especially when you know it came from the talents and efforts of many hands, both young and old.

If you are interested in giving to our food drive, please bring your nonperishable food items to drop off in the red bin in the Museum lobby from November 23 – December 20, 2012, to support the Northside Commons Ministries Food Pantry.  Recommended items include canned fruit and vegetables, breakfast items such as toaster pastries and nutrition bars, and side dishes such as rice and pasta.

For more information, please read about the Food Pantry’s recent shortages here and how the community has helped meet its needs here.

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