MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A free sewing service is stopping by shelters and housing programs around the Twin Cities.

Known as the Mobile Menders, the group's motto is simple: sewing mends the soul.

The group fixes everything from pants, shirts, shoes, blankets and backpacks. Items sometimes have missing buttons, broken zippers, holes and waistbands that need to be taken in.

Michelle Ooley founded the volunteer group in May. She works at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in St. Paul and was inspired after volunteering in the agency's annual Earth Day initiative.

Some volunteers sew as a hobby while others have professional experience.
The group volunteers once a month at shelters and housing programs. They fix what they can on the spot and sometimes take home more difficult clothing projects.