Throwback Thursday to approximately 2004 when I got a message from my friend Nicole asking if I wanted her to pick up a $40 treadle sewing machine she found. I already had one in good working order, but who could pass on such a great deal?! That treadle sewing machine made a lovely tv stand for many years, being moved six times.
Fast forward to about 6 weeks ago when my friend Agnes posted that she was looking for a treadle sewing machine for a client. Someone who actually was going to use it. A treadle was desired because an electric machine was too intimidating for this client to use. The time had come to part with my $40 tv stand to be put to good use by someone who really needed it.
Today I got to learn more of the story. I’m not a crier. But this story brought tears to my eyes. If you’re so inclined, read about why this family is in the US: https://hope4healingquaker
And then you can see how this machine is being used:
Many thanks to Deacon Jeff for coming to Des Moines to pick up the machine and finding someone to give it a thorough once-over to ensure it was in good working order before going to its new home.
This is the kind of story that would have prompted me to call my good friend Wade. He would love that someone is taking a piece of history and using it in their daily life. But since I can’t share this story with him, I’m hoping his sister-in-law Marcy will appreciate it for him, especially considering her passion for helping refugees.
My message to you is this: give what you are able. It may be your money. It may be your time. It may be your old tv stand. But there is joy in giving. And it warms my heart to know this old sewing machine has found new life.”
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