Last year, community residents cut, sewed, ironed and packed 476 colorful little dresses that were sent to needy girls in Africa through the global non-profit organization Little Dresses for Africa founded in 2008.

Little Dresses for Africa, that’s what.


Peace Lutheran Church in Dresser will again host a Community Sewing Day, inviting area residents to take part in making dresses to send to needy girls in Africa Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 

Now in its third year, the community-wide event, sponsored by the church’s Outreach Ministry, was initiated to provide local support for the Little Dresses for Africa international aid project.  Peace members Diane Lechman and Vicky Simpkins first learned about the project and early on rallied support from others in the congregation to sew and ship more than 100 dresses to needy nations.  That success prompted them to envision what could be accomplished if more people, more churches, organizations and families took part.   And “voila!”  Last year, 476 dresses were made and sent to Africa.

Can’t sew?  No problem.  No experience is necessary to cut, iron or even sew – just come and help, for a little while or as long as you can.  If you happen to have a portable machine, you’re welcome to bring it.  A light lunch will be provided. Children are welcome, but those under age 16 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Little Dresses for Africa was founded in 2008 as a non-profit 501(c)3 Christian organization.  The colorful little dresses serve as “ambassadors” to help them feel good about themselves and let them know they are worthy.  

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.  

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