A Community Sewing Day is happening on Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church, Dresser. The community-wide event, sponsored by the church’s Outreach Ministry, is an expansion of the popular sewing event initiated last year by the ministry to help support the Little Dresses for Africa international aid project.
Peace members Diane Lechman and Vicky Simpkins learned about the project two years ago and rallied support from others in the congregation to sew and ship more than 100 dresses to needy nations. Last year they initiated a community-wide appeal to help cut, iron or sew the colorful little dresses. More hands meant twice as many dresses were shipped to needy children throughout the world.
Little Dresses for Africa was founded in 2008 as a non-profit 501c3 Christian organization. The colorful little dresses serve as “ambassadors” to Africa and other areas where children – particularly girls – are most vulnerable, to help them feel good about themselves and let them know they are worthy. According to LDfA, the dresses create another avenue into homes, to form relationships and educate distressed regions on the importance of clean water and community.
Peace planners stress that no experience is necessary to help cut, iron or sew on Community Sewing Day – just come and help, for a little while or as long as you can. Children under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. A light lunch will be provided.
For more information about the February event call (715) 483-9791. To learn more about Little Dresses for Africa, go to their website at littledressesforafrica.org.