Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Little Dresses

"Changing lives one little dress at a time…
Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit 501c3, Christian  organization, which provides relief to the children of  Africa. Simple dresses are made out of pillow cases, and distributed through the orphanages, churches and schools in  Africa to plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy!  (littledressesforafrica.org). 

Recently, our church organized a group to make "pillow case"  dresses as a mission to support "Little Dresses for Africa."   I wasn't able to attend, but certainly wanted to participate.  It's reported that a mission group visiting Africa noted that many children had extremely worn and torn clothing, which were also ill fitting. They decided to make it their mission to try to provide simple clothing for these children to not only provide comfort, warmth, and protection, but also to let them know that they are important and cared about.  

 The dresses can be made from any fabric, but were originally made from pillowcases, because people seemed to have extra pillow cases readily available, the pillow cases are already hemmed, and have finished side seams so they were easier and faster to make.  However, the dresses can be made from fabric, pillow cases, etc.  I didn't have extra pillow cases, but I certainly had fabric. Although, I wasn't able to attend the sewing circle, I decided to make and donate 10 dresses.  I have five all finished...
 5 More to go...
The Little Dresses for Africa website provides more information about this mission, including the fact that due to the great response that they have received, they have been able to expand their donations to other countries that need this support.  It seems that areas of the United states have also been included.  They are also encouraging people to sew shorts for boys.

 It's so nice to take a hobby that you love and use it to help others in need..especially children!

 If you're interested, the website provides a nice pattern, and information where you can send your completed projects.  It also answers frequently asked questions if you want more specific information about the organization.  I, personally, only know what information that the site provides and what has been shared at our church.

If these little dresses can provide some comfort to a child, improve the quality of her life, or bring a smile to her face...even for the moment....it will bring a smile to my face, too!

Have a wonderful week....there's a holiday weekend coming up!!! Yea!!

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