Lance's Journal: Sewing With Purpose, July 17, 2017

Ever since the mid-90's, the vision at Lincoln's Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach has been to defeat hunger and homelessness and to restore hope.

In October of 2015, Matt Talbot was blessed with a new "restorer" of hope...and her name was Carol Newsom.

Carol is doing something that I think we all aspire to do...she's using her unique gifts to positively influence the lives of her fellow man.

Carol was injured in a car accident in 1988 and she says she's been disabled since that time, "I learned to live in pain and you learn to be able to deal with things, so that you can still attempt to make a difference in someone's life and that's what I've tried to do."

Two years ago, Carol became inspired while watching 10/11, I saw a special on CBS Good Morning and it was a story about a man who took a treadle sewing machine to a homeless community in California and he just sewed things for the homeless and I looked at it and I thought that's a fabulous idea, I think I could apply it here."

Carol called the good people at Matt Talbot and asked if she could turn the spark she got from Steve Hartman's story into a flame in Lincoln, "They said, 'I don't know, but we're willing to try, I think they thought I was a little crazy at the beginning, which might have some validity."

Carol says she works her mending magic every Thursday from 9am to 1pm, "I would say on a given day, I could help between 12 and 18 people."

If you would like to donate thread or velcro or elastic or plastic bobbins, please contact Victoria Young at or call 402-477-4116.