Sew-a-thon 2020

All kits have been distributed!

Thank you to all of our volunteers!

We are thankful to your dedication to this cause.

If you still want to help and you have material of your own, please keep sewing. Please watch our video on how to make the bags. Let’s see if we can hit 3500 bags!!


Cathey’s Sew & Vacuum and Aviva Children’s Services present this year’s 22nd annual bags for kids Sew-a-Thon.

The Sew-A-Thon event supplies more than 3500 handmade cloth drawstring bags each year to foster youth and enables them to carry their personal belongings with dignity through placement changes. Each year over 150 volunteers get together in a day-long event to make these bags.

Due to Covid-19, this year’s event will be held virtually. Though we are not able to have the event onsite, the importance of why we make the bags are more important than ever. Foster youth continue to enter the foster care system and we foresee this number to grow throughout this pandemic.

What is a virtual event:

Starting August 3rd participants in this year’s event can pick up a bundle of fabric and cording from Aviva to sew bags from home or in small groups. Each bundle will have enough fabric and cording to make 10 bags. Raffle tickets will be given when you pick up the bundles and when you drop them off. We will have raffle prizes each week and announce the winners on our Facebook Sew-A-Thon event page and by phone.

We encourage all participants to take photos and short videos and send them to us. We will use these photos and videos to make a small video of our virtual event. Though we can’t be together in person, we can all still connect knowing we are all doing this together for the same cause and while keeping everyone safe.

What do I do when I am done? 

No need to make an appointment, just come by and call the number on the parking sign. We can meet you in the parking lot with the cart to bring the bags in and to take a picture. We will also give you another raffle ticket if done prior to September 4th.