Founded in October 2017, Stitched Together combines artistic vision with passionate efforts to join, fasten, and repair fabric to make unique creations. When fabric is stitched together to create lovable, one-of-a-kind stuffed animals, children become empowered healers and advocates of kindness in their communities. The simple act of sewing provides comfort to children of domestic violence, poverty, and terminal illness, while inspiring a passion for artistic learning. Therefore, students involved in Stitched Together learn empathy while participating in the healing process for those in need.
Stitched Together donates to children through our nonprofit organization partners: Reading Partners, YWCA Silicon Valley, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, and Awaso Academy in Ghana. Through Reading Partners, their teddy bears serve as reading buddies to encourage students to practice reading at home and gain confidence reading out loud. Through YWCA Silicon Valley, the teddy bears serve as a source of healing and compassion for children who have faced domestic violence. Through Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, their teddy bears serve as a source of healing and compassion for children with terminal illnesses. The teddy bear kits serve as an activity for their pediatric patients and for expecting mothers on bed rest to sew a teddy bear for their new baby. Through Awaso Academy in Ghana, the teddy bears serve as reading buddies and sources of kindness and compassion for children who would not otherwise receive a stuffed animal.
Samantha Lee Shared “I started Stitched Together to allow children an opportunity to learn how to heal themselves and others through the life skill of sewing. Learning the stitches needed to put limbs and features onto a little bear inspires children to create, concentrate, and engage their empathy by choosing the charity or cause to which their finished bears will be donated.”