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December 9, 2012

Helping Haiti one thread at a time

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NORMAN —

Again, Phillips knew that her work in Haiti wasn’t complete. She knew she could give more. It was then that Threads of Kindness, a facility Phillips plans to have built where she will train and employ women to make medical scrubs, was born.

Once manufactured, the scrubs will be marketed and sold worldwide.

“I just really feel that God laid it on my heart that I had the ability to provide training and sustainable employment for women in Haiti,” Phillips said.

So far, Phillips has land and building materials donated in Simonette, Haiti. She also has a board of directors established, along with a business plan and an employment plan. What Phillips now needs is someone to help her with social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and the nonprofit’s website, www.threadsofkindness.org.

With cost running near $35,000, Phillips also needs financial support for construction, sewing machines and salaries. But Phillips knows that the right people, the knowledgeable attorneys, the savvy accountants are all out there waiting to help her help others.

Phillips is hopeful to start building the Threads of Kindness facility by this summer. She would like to start training approximately 40 women by next fall and have the first production by next December.

“I see this as a circle that can be continued. I see us, and by “us” I mean everybody here who helps with this, helping these women, these women being able to help their families and their communities by making the scrubs, selling the scrubs to a health care person. And what do health care people do? They help people. And, hopefully, those people getting well are able to go out and help somebody else,” Phillips said.

The name Threads of Kindness, Phillips said, comes from Colossians 3:12: “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

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