SnippetS from around the world


Rosario Serra. 98 years old, born in Spaint, then moved to Argentina, she now lives with her daughter in the USA and is sewing for the girls in Africa! What a gal!

We’re hearing about other “stars”.  Thanks also to Marta Spence, for letting us know about her 98 year old mother, Maria Serra,  also sewing for Little Dresses for Africa. These women, along with their brother Jorge from Argentina, spend their days helping those less fortunate! See her article in the  These two represent the wide range of people helping LDFA.  We have girlscouts, students, home schoolers, young mothers and retirees, all working together.  Join us, won’t you?

Notes from around here and there…even Australia!

Hi, I’m Patti’s daughter in law, Linda. Patti is now 96 years old and still does all the sewing including the buttons and her own. It gives her great joy and a purpose to her days. I send the money to help the organization. Please continue your good works. Patti.

Enclosed ia a box of 96 dresses that I just finished making for some very special girls. This process has brought me so much joy thinking of the precious girls that will receive them. Each dress is made with hope and love and it has been an amazing experiencemaking them. I spend about four hours a day making them. I like like I have found a calling to help these children in need. I am so glad to have discovered your wonderful organization and feel blessed to be able to help in my own small way.

These dresses were made as a love offering to my Lord and Savior, Jesus Chris. They were made with prayers for each of of the little darling girls who wear them. I pray for their safety and health and for a growing knowledge of Jesus. Thank you for your great organization that has helped millions of the world’s little girls. Cordially, Fran Vancouver, WA

Dear Rachel, Hi! Enclosed are the bead bracelets I promied I’d make for your girls…
My inspiration comes from Lillian Weber and her 1000th dress goal. I have a little spare time and I want to use it fruitfully and this seems an ideal cause for me to be part of…Thanks again for the opportunity that allows us to give in practical ways.
Diane, Australia

Dear LDFA,  enclosed are 32 dresses for your wonderful charity!  This makes the total of dresses I’ve made in the last three years 570!  I love making these special dresses and appreciate the work you do for the little girls!  Thanks, Laura

Enclosed are 2 pairs of shorts size 5!

Thika, Kenya Receives Dresses

Dear Rachel,

It was exciting to be able to take a case full of dresses and shorts to our malnourished children in the Kiandutu slums of Thika Kenya. Even though it was ‘cold’ weather there when we visited, the kids tried their dresses over their clothes and were excited for the summer months to come, when they could wear them.

Attached is out newsletter mentioning your charity and some photos of the event.

Thanks very much for the privilege of being able to help.

Anne Thompson

President Macheo US

Lillian turns 100 in May 2015. Working toward her 1000th dress!

Lillian Weber is on a mission.

Every day she makes another dress for a small child she’ll never meet.

“I could probably make two a day, but I only make one,” she says.

The dresses are collected and sent overseas to little girls in Africa by a Christian outreach group called “Little Dresses for Africa”.

“I have to be busy,” says Lillian.

And she’s been very busy.

In the past two years she’s made more than 840 dresses and she plans to make 150 more by May 6th of next year.

You see, by next May, Lillian will turn 100 years old and it will be her one thousandth dress.

“It’s just one of those things you learn how to do and enjoy,” she says.

In Lillian’s Scott County farm house are completed dresses for little girls, made from a pattern, but each with extra stitching and individual details, designed to give each child a little extra pride.

“She personalizes them all,” says Lillian’s daughter, Linda Purcell. “It’s not like good enough that she makes the dresses, she has to put something on the front to make it look special, to give it her touch.”

What started as a hobby has become a daily labor of love.

Lillian says she starts work on a dress in the morning, takes a break during the midday, and puts finishing touches in the afternoon.

“I just think she’s somebody to look up to, somebody whose not just sitting around and frittering her life away,” says Tonya Urbatsch, who nominated Lillian for the “Pay It Forward” award.

“I’m amazed at her every day,” adds Linda. “I’m very, very proud of my mother.”

Family and friends will continue to be proud of Lillian, well after her 1000th dress. After all, 1000 is just a number.

“When I get to that thousand, if I’m able to. I won’t quit. I’ll go at it again because there’s no reason to not do nothing.”

When Lillian is finished with her dresses, her daughters deliver them to a Davenport senior living apartment complex where a group of residents have a weekly sewing appointment to make dresses for the charitable organization.

“Little Dresses for Africa” is a Christian charitable organization founded in 2008 in Michigan.

Its founder, Rachel O’Neill, says 2.5 million dresses have been distributed.

The simple dresses are distributed to orphanages, churches, and schools in Africa.

Rachel says she’s traveling to Africa again in September 2014 and February 2015 and hopes to be able to present to a child one of the dresses personally made by Lillian.

If you know someone doing good deeds for others, why not Pay It Forward? You can nominate someone by clicking on this link.

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If you’d like verification that your dresses were received, please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Little Dresses for Africa
24614 Curtis Dr.
Brownstown, MI 48134

You can reach us by phone at 734-637-9064