patients to use as part of the healing process. However, she also likes to make things for herself.
“I want to make another apron,” she said, noting she already has a kitchen apron, but needs one for gardening.
Some who visit Sew and Reap come in with a sewing problem that has them stymied. Testerman said it could be as simple as the tension of the sewing machine. She and her volunteers help with seams, hems or whatever is needed.
That includes just being there to listen, she said. New widows, the lonely, and others have found solace in meeting over bolts of fabric and spools of thread.
”There are lots of hurting folks out there, and Christ calls us to love,” Testerman, a member of Elkton Church of the Nazarene, said. “And what better way can show love than to give it away?”
All of the sewing machines, fabric, quilting materials and other supplies have been donated or purchased by volunteers, Testerman said.
“We do have one raffle a year to make money for this ministry,” she said. But the focus remains sewing for others. “Most of what we make here is given away for someone else’s charity event,” she said.
To find out about Sew and Reap classes or other sewing opportunities, or to make a donation, contact Testerman at 443-350-2949 or find the ministry on Facebook.
Courtney Holman and Sandy Testerman look at a quilt that will be sent to a recovering service member or veteran. Nearly every item made at Sew and Reap in the Perryville Outlets is donated to another charity or service organization.