Little Dresses for Africa

Lillian Weber, a 99-year-old woman who lives in Iowa, makes a dress each day for the Christian nonprofit organization Little Dresses for Africa, which distributes the dresses to African orphanages, churches, and schools. As of August 2014, she had made over 840 dresses. She starts on a dress in the morning, takes a break, and then finishes the dress in the afternoon. She said, “It is just what I like to do.” Ms. Weber’s daughter, Linda, said, “She personalizes them all. 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.” Lillian hopes to finish 1,000 dresses — and more. She said, “When I get to that thousand[th dress], if I’m able to. I won’t quit. I’ll go at it again.” The Little Dresses for Africa website states, “Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit 501c3, Christian organization, which provides relief to the children of Africa. Simple dresses are made out of pillow cases, and distributed through the orphanages, churches and schools in Africa to plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy!” It adds, “WHY PILLOWCASES? The pillowcase pattern has been around since the pioneer days and is easy enough for even a novice seamstress. Pillowcases are available in so many colors and patterns. They already have the hem and sides in them and are often sitting unused on shelves in closets all across the country. With just a little help they can be turned into bright little sundresses, perfectly suited for the African climate. Pillowcase dresses are only a suggestion. Any simple pattern is great to use.”

For Further Information: Dominique Mosbergen, “This 99-Year-Old Woman Makes A New Dress Every Single Day For A Child In Need.” The Huffington Post. 20 August 2014

For Further Information: Little Dresses for Africa. “Changing lives one little dress at a time….” Accessed 2 August 2014

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