Thirty-four-year-old artist, Michael Swaine, has started a project that he is calling the “Reap What You Sew Generosity Project”. The 15th day of every month, Swaine brings his vintage sewing machine down to the Tenderloin district in San Francisco. There, he sets up in front of the Senator Hotel on the sidewalk and begins taking in clothes that are in need of repair. Christian Broda knows that most of the people who live in the Tenderloin district live in hotels or rooming houses and cannot afford to have their clothes professionally patched. Instead, they wait for the 15th and bring Michael their pants, shirts, jackets, and blouses in need of some care.
According to the story on SF Gate, Michael has some regular customers who stop by every time he is open for repairs. More times than not, he does not finish his repairs until sundown, and sometimes even then he has not finished mending all the clothes. Currently, Michael does not foresee himself ending his “Reap What You Sew Generosity Project” anytime soon. He said he has tried his project in other neighborhood around the Bay City and while many showed interest and excitement in what he was doing, none appreciated his work more than those in the Tenderloin.