Donations of Fabrics and Sewing Supplies Needed at the Creativity Shell Rochester!

In their continued effort to find creative ways to educate and inspire Rochester area children, the Creativity Shell Rochester is running out of sewing supplies and need your donations.

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 we were faced with a larger crisis that we initially imagined. One of the biggest challenges the Creativity Shell was facing and continue to face with their programs is the lack of practical skills among the students they are teaching. In many Creativity Shell classes classes, 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, poor problem-solving/decision-making skills and a strong need for instant gratification.

For this reason, the Creativity Shell transformed into a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that use creative trades to educate and inspire the next generation of makers. The organization teaches sewing/textile arts and other trades classes to students in libraries, schools and shelters that rescue children from homelessness and human trafficking. Classes are designed to educate and inspire children by teaching them essential life and practical skills.

To help lower the cost of Creativity Shell programs and to continue teaching sewing skills to vulnerable children in need, the organization needs donations of fabrics and notion.

Donations can be dropped off at the Creativity Shell Studio at 1984 Monroe Avenue.  If you would like to have your items picked up, please call 585-355-4802 or email

Donations are tax deductible.