SEWING FOR A WORTHY CAUSE

One of our dealers in Saskatchewan: Haus of Stitches in Humboldt recently gathered together some of their customers to so some wonderful charity sewing. The worthy cause? “Dress a girl Around the World” program where simple little dresses are made and shipped all over the globe so that under privileged little girls can have a pretty new dress.

Wendy from Haus of Stitches and her group of ladies who sewed little dresses for "Dress a Girl Around the World" program.

Wendy from Haus of Stitches and her group of ladies who sewed little dresses for “Dress a Girl Around the World” program.

Wendy says it was “great fun to use our skills and equipment to make something that will help others”.

We have another dealer in Vancouver, Langley Vacuum and Sewing, Langley, BC who does a very similar thing on an ongoing basis. Customers and staff  sew up a storm and all their efforts reach their destination in time for Christmas each year. They also buy little t-shirts and other items + send money so that the orphanage can buy food for a wonderful Christmas celebration. They have made boxer shorts & teamed these up with little t-shirts; pillow case dresses, skirts and other simple clothing. Little blankets are also greatly appreciated as many babies are born and the mother has nothing to wrap the baby in. Hard to imagine that with our lavish baby showers!

These items were sent to Haiti (after the earthquake) and also go to Kenya in Africa each year before Christmas. It is lovely to see the pics with happy faces of little ones wearing their new clothing and enjoying their Christmas meal. I have witnessed similar charitable “hand-overs” when I lived in South Africa. Trust me, it is quite an emotional experience for both givers and recipients: they sing & they dance and the joy is very apparent. It is like Christmas morning gift opening x 100! Thought you might like to see a few pics:

A group of happy Kenyan children showing off their new clothing!

A group of happy Kenyan children showing off their new clothing! Notice the bare feet: this is not at all unusual and generally relates to economic circumstances. Shoes are not important, where the next meal is coming from, is the priority.

A Kenyan family clustered outside their home. I thought you might like to see the mud hut - many who have never been to Africa or seen similar homes may be unfamiliar withthis type of dwelling: dirt floor, tree branches used for the structure which is then packed with mud which dries.

A Kenyan family clustered outside their home. I thought you might like to see the mud hut – many who have never been to Africa or seen similar homes may be unfamiliar withthis type of dwelling: dirt floor, tree branches used for the structure which is then packed with mud which dries to form the walls. Needless to say, heavy rain storms & floods are devastating.

Don't they just look super pleased with their boxer shorts t-shirts little pillow case dress?

Don’t they just look super pleased with their boxer shorts, t-shirts & little pillow case dress?

A mommy very grateful for a receiving blanket to wrap her little one in.

A mommy very grateful for a receiving blanket to wrap her little one in.

 

About lizafrica

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada (including Artistic Creative products) and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for almost 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to read, knit , travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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One Response to SEWING FOR A WORTHY CAUSE

  1. Terry Carter says:

    I did some dresses to send to Africa with some of our Drs. Never thought to take pictures!

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