Lillian Weber 100 in May on target to sew 1000 dresses
What does it mean when something “goes viral”? Well, I think you better ask Lillian Weber! Lillian is one of the many fantastic volunteers for Little Dresses for Africa who has dedicated the biggest part of every day to help the children of the world by making a little dress. What’s unusual about Lillian is that she will turn 100 in May 2015 and her goal is to have sewn 1000 dresses. The news has picked this story up and it’s spreading all over the internet and papers and has gone “viral”! This is good news for us because as the news spreads her story they also tell the story of what we are all committed to and that’s bringing relief to the most vulnerable of God’s children: little girls. We are so grateful for Lillian but we are also so grateful for you. Whatever level of participation you are involved in, whether it be to sew, to donate material, send money for shipping, help fold and ship or go with us to Africa…it’s all part of the mission and we are so thankful! So today, as we celebrate Lillian’s accomplishments, we also celebrate YOU and your participation and dedication to this ministry. To God be the glory as we continue to reach out to help others!
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A great article features the leader of the LDFA Richland, WA group. They’ve sewn over 6000 dresses. Wonderful work!
We continue to be proud of the NBC interview which we consider a pivitol point in the life of Little Dresses for Africa. http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog/nbc-nightly-news-making-a-difference-interviews-ldfa/
March 06, 2013 – Ortonville- Nicole Holbrook was joined by about 50 seamstresses and tailors of all ages on March 3 at Hillside Bible Church in making 77 dresses that will be sent to Africa.
Not everyone in the group knew how to sew, but the ones without that particular talent cut fabric and pillowcases to assist in the project for the non-profit organization, “Little Dresses for Africa.”
Holbrook, a Goodrich High School senior, learned about the organization from one of her teachers. While she already had a community service project planned for her senior graduation requirement, she knew she wanted to take on the dress project as well.
“This is right up my alley,” she said. “It’s something God laid on my heart. The organization gives hope to teens and little girls in Africa and is a great way to share the gospel with the children receiving (the dresses) and the people making them.”
Holbrook approached Hillside Youth Pastor Ken Tison and they talked to the Hillside congregation. Over the course of more than a month, donations of fabric, pillowcases, and other materials began rolling in. Holbrook bought a pattern and then used cardboard to make more of the simple pattern for the dresses, which will fit children sizes 3 to 8. The group then worked until Sunday evening cutting, sewing, and ironing the 77 dresses.
“I am so excited and ecstatic that we made that many dresses,” said Holbrook. “We’re not actually done making them. A lot of the ladies are still really excited and will be making dresses at home throughout the month of March.”
Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit Christian organization based in Brownstown, Mich. According to their website, littledressesforafrica.org, their mission is “to provide relief to children of Africa, by distributing dresses to little girls, primarily in African villages, but also other countries in crisis. Because of the widespread AIDS pandemic, little girls are often left to be the primary care givers of their young siblings. It is our hope that in delivering dresses to these young girls, that a seed will be planted in their hearts, in the name of Jesus, that they are worthy.”
Holbrook hopes to send 100 dresses to the organization to send to Africa, and she would also like to take dresses to Belize this summer when she goes on a mission trip there with the Hillside youth group.
- Take note: Your children are watching! Thanks, Abby!!! Good Job!
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