American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)



AAFCS 2013-14 President Peggy Wild, CFCS, (far left) and AAFCS Treasurer
Sister Victoria Marie Gribschaw, S.C., CFCS, present Michele Cuppy (middle), president/CFO and
co-founder of Sew Much Comfort, with the AAFCS 21st Century Community Champion Award
during the AAFCS 105th Annual Conference in St. Louis, Mo.

Sew Much Comfort Named AAFCS “21st Century Community Champion”

Alexandria, Va. – July 17, 2014—Nominated by the Minnesota Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, Sew Much Comfort, headquartered in Brunsville, Minn., was honored with the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) 21st Century Community Champion award for their efforts of providing free adaptable clothing to wounded soldiers across the country. 

Michele Cuppy, president/CFO and co-founder of Sew Much Comfort, accepted the award presented by AAFCS President Peggy Wild, CFCS, and AAFCS Treasurer Sister Victoria Marie Gribschaw, SC, CFCS, at the AAFCS 105th Annual Conference & Expo in St. Louis, Mo., on June 28, 2014.  The conference theme was Global Gateway to Healthy and Sustainable Families.

Cuppy said, “It is amazing to me when we started Sew Much Comfort in 2004 I had no idea we would be here ten years later and how great the need really was. And how many amazing people have such big hearts that want to give back to our service members.”

Established in 2001, the AAFCS 21st Century Community Champion Award recognizes groups, organizations, and companies that promote the connection between strong families and strong communities by creating viable projects and activities that build communities in which families are valued,supported, and strengthened. The first recipient of the award in 2001 was the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, Maryland.

Sew Much Comfort, a program that provides free adaptive clothing, was founded in November 2004 by Michele Cuppy and Ginger Dosedel. Since its founding has distributed more than 137,536 pieces of adaptive clothing to wounded service men and women. Volunteers from all across the United States, Germany, and Europe are helping in the creation of adaptable clothing that is distributed in all major hospitals in the United States, Landstuhl, Germany, and at Combat Surgical hospitals.

Today Sew Much Comfort continues its mission “To provide custom-made adaptive clothing, free of charge, to all wounded service members from current conflicts and from all branches of the military and National Guard. We wish to aide in their recover, provide a tangible reminder of our gratitude for their sacrifice and give them added measure of comfort, dignity and freedom as they recover from their injuries and return to everyday life. Adaptive clothing accommodates their medical devices and situations, provides ease of use, increase personal independence and minimizes the visual impact of their injuries.”

About the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
Based in the Washington, D.C., area, AAFCS is the only association for family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. For more than 100 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. AAFCS members provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life to help create healthy and sustainable families. These topics include human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues. AAFCS members are located nationwide, and include educators, administrators and managers, human service and business professionals, researchers, community volunteers, and consultants who develop research-based information and deliver programs on essential skills to help individuals and families be better prepared to live, work, and succeed in today’s complex and diverse world.

Field of Family & Consumer Sciences
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) draws from broad and diverse disciplines to develop and provide content and programs that help individuals become more effective critical thinkers and problem solvers.  Through discovery and delivery of research-based knowledge, FCS professionals help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world. Professionals in the field are uniquely qualified to speak on many critical issues affecting individuals and families, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wisely managing personal and family finances, and creating supportive relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers.  They are located nationwide in a variety of practice settings, including secondary schools, universities, government agencies, and businesses.

For more information, please contact:
Gwynn Mason
Director of Communications, AAFCS

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