Creativity Shell Rochester Needs Donated Fabrics, Notions, Used Clothing…

The Creativity Shell is launching a new chapter in Rochester and would gladly accept your tax-deductible donation of fabrics, trims, notions and/or used clothing to use in their new studio at 1984 Monroe Avenue.

The Creativity Shell is a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization on a mission to use creative trades to educate and inspire the next generation of makers. They teach sewing/textile arts classes to students in public libraries, schools and shelters that rescue children from homelessness and human trafficking. Sewing/textile arts classes are designed to educate and inspire children by teaching them essential life and practical skills.

Thirty years ago, home economics programs such as sewing, cooking and shop classes were a standard part of the education system. Today, most home economics programs have been removed from schools and many children are not learning these skills at home.

When the Creativity Shell began teaching sewing/textile arts classes in local schools they were faced with a larger crisis than initially imagined. One of the biggest challenges they encounter in their programs is the lack of practical skills among the students they are teaching. Executive Director and founder of the Creativity Shell, Shelancia Daniel says, “we have high school students who cannot tie their own shoelaces, students cannot cut fabrics with scissors, they cannot thread needles and many cannot fix a button if it were to fall off their shirt. Furthermore, the lack in their ability to use practical skills adds to extreme frustration and poor problem solving skills and decision-making skills.”

To help prepare students for the future, the Creativity Shell uses sewing/textile arts classes to teach children essential life and practical skills. Their team is made up of creative people within the community who poses artistic skills and plenty of patience to gradually pass their skills on to the students they teach. “Educational Psychology concepts derived from the works of Jean Piaget, Maria Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Bryan Sutton to design sewing/textile arts programs for our students” says Daniel.

If you are a quilter, crafter or anyone that has excess fabrics, trims, notions, scissors used clothing or any other sewing supplies lying around, please consider donating them to this organization.

Fabric donations will be cut and prepared into various sewing lessons for students. Used clothing donations will be used to teach alterations and fashion up-cycling classes for students.

Donations are tax deductible.
To arrange a pickup or drop-off, please contact Shelancia Daniel at or 832-943-9767,