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Thanks to Helen Stewart for bringing the work of this Christian charity to our attention.
Helen writes: I am not sure how many Parishioners are aware of this organisation. I was advised of their existence by the lovely lady who runs the Sewing Machine Shop in Guildford.
I had an old sewing machine which was no longer working well but probably had some very useable components. She advised me of the "TWAM" organisation (Tools With A Mission) and a local representative: Mr Lee Joy of Jacobs Well. He and his wife collect a variety of unwanted tools: carpentry tools, electric power tools, old garden tools; educational text books, lawn mowers (motorised, not electric); sewing and knitting machines and various similar items. These are then collected and taken to Ipswich where they are shipped to known agencies in various African countries for defined projects.
I felt that this was a very worthy cause and much better than taking unwanted items to Slyfield tip!!
The telephone number for the Joys can be found on the TWAM website at: www.twam.co.uk
I for one had not heard of TWAM, but what surprised me more was the range of countries to which this Christian charity sends tools, equipment and books. Some 18 countries, including the UK, are listed on the website, which also explains why the charity prioritises those places, and presents some interesting details and statistics. There are various ways in which one can support the charity, including donating items as Helen mentions, but also by volunteering, making cash donations, or sending Christmas Gifts – the charity makes this latter option simple by packaging a range of options, from Sewing Kits at £10 to a Mechanic’s Kit at £70.
A visit to the TWAM website is highly recommended, in particular to see the 'Infomercial' video.
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