Follow-up Friday: Kids start sewing, mom gets a day off, cemetery gets protection

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From kids who received new sewing machines in Jamaica to a slave burial ground being disrespected, PIX11 News really made it happen this week.

Monday, we visited the children at the Jamaica YMCA. They needed new sewing machines for their craft room. PIX11 News reached out to and they ordered 10 new sewing machines.

Then the Fashion Institute of Technology donated fabric, buttons and zippers.

"Thanks, PIX11 News," said one of the children opening up the boxes Friday.

Wednesday, there was outrage over what was supposed to be a memorial wall to honor the more than a thousand African American and Native Americans buried at Old Towne of Flushing Burial Ground.

The Queens borough president Melinda Katz was watching and tells us her office gave $100,000 to the Parks Department for the site.

"There is a $100,000 waiting to be used and all we need is a design," Katz said. "We are going to make sure it happens quickly. It's been a long time."

There will be a meeting on the project during the first week of August.

PIX11 News will stay on top of this story.

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