I recently found out about an effort that I think is very important and special. It's called Sew Much Comfort and you can learn more about what they do on their website. Briefly- volunteer seamstresses retrofit and custom make adaptive clothing for soldiers who have been wounded. Store bought boxer shorts, T-shirts, basketball shorts- are all reworked so that they have velcro and snap openings on one side or both to make it easier to get dressed over braces, casts or halos. They also make pants with larger legs and a velcro side opening to accommodate a brace. These specialty garments are in high demand and not only are functional- the feeling of wearing real clothes and not a hospital gown is a big morale boost.
This first set I did has been sent off for quality control - hopefully I did good with these, their instructions are very specific about how it needs to be done. Hopefully then the regional director will have some advice for me how to manage the tax deductible donations end of getting new garments to retrofit. I'd like to make more of these basketball shorts, they say they are the item in highest demand because they are the most expensive item to purchase. These shorts were only $7 on sale... I don't think that's too bad.