Sewing Sandbags at MCC

August 10, 2012

Sewing seaweed sandbags at MCC in Tokyo

From Jul 31 - Aug 3, Tue - Fri, Dale and Ann were in Tokyo leading seaweed sandbag sewing sessions at Musashino Chapel Center - MCC (Tokyo Musashino Evangelical Free Church). Actually, Ann did the leading, teaching, and solving sewing machine problems. Dale was the driver and did some clean up.


With the enthusiastic participation of both the English and Japanese Departments at MCC, a little over 300 sandbags were sewn using the four tsunami ministry sewing machines and Ann's personal machine.


We have now completed almost 500 sandbags. Those will be distributed to the fishermen of Minamisanriku in early September through the Japanese volunteer organization (non-Christian) that first informed us of this project. That distribution will take place through the fisheries union of the town.


But now that we have personal contact with seaweed fishermen ("farmers"?) in Minamisanriku, we hope to give them the remaining sandbags that we make (another 500?). We will be taking another trip to Minamisanriku in the near future in order to work out the details. (dale little)