Sew-a-thon 2020


Cathey’s Sewing & Vacuum and Aviva Children’s Services present this year’s 23rd 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.

With Covid-19 cases on the rise, this year’s event will once again be held virtually. We do share in the disappointment many of you may feel, but we want to make sure everyone stays safe and healthy.

The event:

Starting August 16th at 9:00 AM, 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 and will be available on a first come, first served basis. Raffle tickets will be given when you pick up the bundles and when you drop them off. Bring in a NEW, unwrapped toy to earn an extra raffle ticket. We will have raffle prizes each week. Winners will be notified by phone. Sign up here.


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 August 30th.