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Bags donated to homeless outreach program

By Staff | Mar 5, 2015

Marylou Melinger (left), one of the founders of A Cup of Cold Water, receives ten new bags from Joy Webster, owner of Bag of Joy.

MAKAWAO – A Cup of Cold Water, an outreach program helping Maui’s homeless community, recently received ten drawstring backpacks from Bag of Joy in a second delivery this year.

The bags are made from upcycled upholstery sample materials in Joy Webster’s studio in Makawao.

Webster’s business receives donations of outdated fabric from several interior designers on Maui. She turns them into one-of-a-kind designer bags, aprons and accessories to sell online at www.BagofJoy.com and at local craft fairs.

“My raw materials are free to me, so what better way to say mahalo than to donate to charities making a difference on Maui,” said Webster.

“We keep good, usable fabric out of the landfill, make unique designer items, and support our community.”

The bags donated to A Cup of Cold Water are simple backpacks with an interior pocket and secure drawstring closure. She also gives bags and aprons to silent auction fundraisers when asked.

Kula Marketplace is the only retailer on Maui representing Bag of Joy products.

A percentage of all online sales is donated to local non-profits each month. During the month of February, sales were dedicated to A Cup of Cold Water. For more information, phone 572-6303.