Dear Precious Supporters of Little Dresses for Africa,
First of all, you blow we away! Your dedication to these children is to be commended. It just humbles me and everyone that sees what you do! A simple personal goal to take 1000 dresses to the Village of Ntcheu has turned into a machine of love that keeps rolling and rolling and picking up steam! In the last two weeks we have received over 3400 dresses! In two weeks!
As many of you know, I have some volunteers that come to my house to unpack, size and ready these dresses and shorts for shipping with mission teams, by way of the Postal Service and in duffle bags for the team leaving in 3 weeks. The magnitude of this project is almost overwhelming, until you remember that God has blessed this project and he will see us through. It is by faith that we press forward.
As we hear back from the different countries that are receiving them, it is obvious to us that we are ready to refine our efforts. Most of you are sending them already packaged and trust me, that is a HUGE help. Also many of you are sending checks from your churches or personally to help with shippnig costs…again, huge help! Now, it is time to move to the next step. We used to package them individually until we found out from West Africa that it just adds to their problem in distributing them. Now we put several in a bag according to size. Not a bad idea for passing them out but since our sizes are not their sizes, we have decided to go to the next step: From now on the sizing can me marked in the following way:
Small- sizes 2, 3 and 4
Medium- sizes 5,6 and 7
Large- sizes 8,9 and 10
Xtra Large- above size 11
Boys shorts or t-shirts
If you want to just put a S, M, L or XL on the ziploc bags it will be incredibly easier for us to get them in the boxes to go out to the kids. We are so grateful for your help and hope you don’t think I”m getting too picky. In order to be able to keep this project going, I just have to get more efficient. Other changes will be coming soon I’m sure as we streamline for efficiency. As some of you know, I’m still working full time and we have a small team of volunteers to get this completed. On behalf of all of them, we thank you so much.
As always, please put your name and address inside the box so we can know who these gifts come from. Thank you so much for your help. Please remember to mark your calendars for our BIG fund raiser Dinner Dance and Live Auction, “Changing Lives Here and Across the Ocean”, Saturday, November 13, 2010 in Wyandotte, MI. Donations of quilts, handmade jewelry, items that you all make, are really needed to make this happen. Thank you all SOOOOOOOOO much. Love you, Rachel