The heart and soul of Thread Together
A LIFELONG MEMBER OF THREAD TOGETHER, FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS
Helen Power was one of those people who had a never-ending positive attitude. A generous, kind soul. Mother of four, and friend to thousands. Her depth of character and loving nature has left a profound impact on her husband, children, extended family, her 8 adoring siblings, her many church friends and comrades, her charity work buddies, and so many more.
Helen was the lead coordinator for Thread Together in Adelaide. Before we had any contacts in Adelaide, Helen received pallets of stock from us. She gathered together a group of some 35 ladies who met once or twice a week in her home to sort clothes and get them to people in need. Helen introduced us to many local charities and ultimately became instrumental in the relationship with AnglicareSA. Together we honoured her by naming one of the mobile wardrobes after her.
Helen’s work was the first steps in Thread Together becoming a truly national charity
SHE TAUGHT US TRUE KINDNESS, TRUE CHARITY, REAL GIVING.
Helen Power loved helping others, giving women and men, all families, dignity. She took great pride in giving distressed women new clothing, sometimes it was their first item in decades. Thread Together is the charity that gave her a new lease of life, in the face of breast cancer spreading to the bones. She loved it as a channel for kindness.
Through her battle with her own health, her kindness and generosity for others – Helen’s trademark – never stopped as she helped hundreds of people in South Australia. More than 3 years ago, Helen opened her home, to become the initial South Australian Hub. She brought together a large group of ladies to sort clothes for people in need and to establish a sewing club. She created community in an open caring and non-judgemental environment.
THE HEART AND SOUL OF THE THREAD TOGETHER ORGANISATION.
Her husband Denis would greet the ‘sewing sisters’ with a big smile and cheerful “Hello!” and welcome them into his house. Being married to Helen meant that every Monday his house would get taken over and filled with chit-chat and the sound of purring sewing machines. Not to mention fabric all over the house and a garage full of clothing waiting to be sorted and donated to people in need. He would happily set up tables and rearrange furniture. Helen led the group and Denis made sure the group could function their best.
Helen had shelving built in her shed, and turned her lounge room into a sewing room – where the ladies created bags and toys from unusable clothes. She also created the Thread Together “Happy Blankets” from those unused clothes and distributed them directly to people living on the streets.
EVERY PERSON THAT WALKED IN A STRANGER, LEFT AS A FRIEND.
With Helen’s introduction of Thread Together into Adelaide things exploded far beyond what anybody could have imagined. Her house became a sorting station and sewing centre. Every room was bursting at the seams with fabric and people with cups of hot tea or coffee in their hand. Every person that walked in a stranger, left as a friend. Helen was instrumental in creating connections with other groups and organisations. As she opened doors of opportunities to reach and help hundreds of people, she took the time to listen to every person and make them feel important and special. Her house became their house.
A woman of integrity, patience, respect for everyone, Helen always has a smile and time for everyone. Her ‘no limits’ as to what you can do or accomplish, and encouragement to others to follow their dreams and be creative is something we are all so grateful for.
The two huge patchworks on the ceiling of Thread Together’s warehouse were created by Helen and her group – they delighted in it and it was the source of real community for so many.
OUR HERO, OUR FRIEND AND OUR FEARLESS UNSTOPPABLE LEADER.
We will miss you greatly Helen.
We will never forget you.
Thanks for all the laughs and love.
Rest in Peace