NEW ULM - New Ulm Seniors at Community And Seniors Together, a United Way agency, are creating little dresses out of pillowcases and donated fabric and to-date have sent over 2,700 dresses all over the globe. Each dress has little extras sewn on with recycled lace and rickrack, pockets and buttons.
Little Dresses for Africa is a national, non-profit organization that provides relief to the children of Africa. Simple dresses are distributed through orphanages, churches and schools with a mission to plant in the hearts of little African girls that they are worthy. Since February 2011, dresses from New Ulm have gone to girls in Haiti, Jamaica, India, South Africa, Tanzania, West Africa, Uganda, Honduras, New Guinea, Liberia and the Domician Republic. Many of the mission areas have accepted shorts for young boys, as well.
The Little Dresses project has fit right in with the Community And Seniors Together programming mission to help seniors maintain health, fitness, vitality and independence. Organizers Mary Warner, Annette Perry and Georgine Rubie gather twice a month for the project and have instructed people of all ages how to make the dresses. As a result many younger women as well as homeschoolers, Oak Hills residents and Girl Scout members are now creating dresses. "For us at the Senior Center, we've gotten so excited about this project", says Perry. "We know that less fortunate girls all around the world need the dresses."
The Little Dresses organizers wish to thank all who have donated fabric and supplies for deserving children around the world. Individuals can call the CAST office at 507-354-3212, with additional fabric donations or with any questions.