Click on the link below, for more information about DAG Organization.
Thank you to all the sewers and volunteers for making this day successful! We have more dresses to spread around the world.
Welcome new volunteers from The Refreshing Church-Reaching Out Team and Sewers from Chapelwood's Sewing Group!
Dresses were shipped March 27, 2013
Ms. Wilma and her church group will send, ship, and deliver 100 dresses to girls in need to Ghana! Ms. Wilma and I are so excited to see the girls in the dresses. Photos coming soon!
Om Ships wants 10,000 dresses to distribute to Cambodia in November.
This the email request we received from the director of DAG July 10, 2012.
We were able to mail 30 dresses this month!
The deadline has been extended to August 18th to send more dresses. It is my desire to mail 30 more at that time!
It is a great joy to be able to be part of a mission that will touch so many girls around the world. I will write with more details about the trip as I receive them. Thank you all for your commitment and your willingness to set aside a day to sew the dresses for the girls!
To all the Sewing to Serve Sewers and Volunteers,
We did it!
We met our sponsorship goal!
Click link below to see photo.
Together we do make a difference!
Sewing to Serve
Our Spring Sewfest was productive and sew wonderul!
Our pillowcase dress count was
July 14, 2011
Delivered by First Baptist Church
(Mr. & Mrs. Rademacher - Group Leaders)
Here in Chipini we have an integrated HIV/AIDS Programme which includes our Home Based Palliative Care Programme and our orphan care programme. We have 66 Home Based Palliative care volunteers who care for the terminally ill and incapacitated patients in their villages. Their task is also to identify the orphans in their villages and monitor them, reporting any special needs and submitting names for school uniforms, secondary school fees and any other benefits available. When your gift of clothing reached us we called upon our HBPC Volunteers to bring in those children most in need of clothing. This they did and I will try to send you photos of some of the children who received the beautiful dresses sent to us.
Your gift most certainly brought joy to many children and provided them with clothing they would otherwise be without.
Thank you. May the Lord bless and reward you as He knows best. Be assured of a remembrance in our prayers.
Yours sincerely.Sr. Cecily Bourdillon on behalf of the Medical Missionaries of Mary at Chipini Health Centre, Malawi.
Our Spring Sew Fest dresses and prayer dolls will be packed this weekend, May 21, 2011 headed for the children in Nebbi/Zomo district in Uganda. 70 dresses and prayer dolls will be delivered by the mission group of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, June 1, and 15, 2011
" It will bless the children of the Nebbi/Zombo district in Uganda !" said Melissa Maher
Pastor of Serving Ministry
Dear Rhnee and friends,
Thank you so much for the donation of dresses to our orphanage, Pat and Melissa Walthrop bought them when they came to visit, it was a wonderful surprise for the girls! It is very rare for them to get something new and as you can see from the photos they look lovely.
It was amazing how we had enough in the right sizes for all but the 2 oldest girls.
our motto is "helping to make children smile" you certainly helped put smiles on their faces.
Please keep us in your prayers, as we will you.
Thank you again.
Sew Fest Summary
* We had 23 Sewers and Volunteers
* About 20 Girl Scouts and their leaders and parents...Thank You! You all were great!
* We watched a video update of our dresses from October to now.
To date, we've delivered 345 dresses around the world!
* We had a tasty and timely brunch!
* A beautiful presentation for lunch!
* Nicole (Fifty Grader) taught the girl scouts on how to make the prayer dolls...She
was amazing, a teacher in the making:) Way to go Nicole!
* The girls completed prayer dolls with the Lord's Prayer in each doll (A total of 80
dolls to go along with each dress with a pocket) 16 of the dolls were made by the
Jr. Doll Collector's Club and 10 were made by the Morey Family.
* The sewers made 74 dresses!!!!! Yea!!!!!!!!
* The dresses will be leaving for Uganda in June with the Chapelwood Church, &
hopefully more on their trip to Haiti this summer.
* We collected enough money to sponsor one woman in the Hope for Women
* Not having enough bias tape for the dresses, I was forced to learn how to use my
bias tape machine:)
* We are collecting old t-shirts to make britches for boys! (Edith and Bonnie made 42
pairs for Gina and I to share and disperse.)
* They also made 114 dresses prior to today's sew fest!
* We were blessed through one of Edith's friend's with garbage bags full of beautiful
fabrics to make more dresses!!!!!
* We welcomed several new sewers and volunteers, they were awesome!
* We received a financial blessing from one of our sewing families. After expenses,
we will purchase a few more tubs and
supplies to help us to be better organized. Thank you so much!
* Our next Houston Sew Fest is in Sugarland if any of you would like to attend. I will
notify you when Gina sends me the Sew Fest
* Please keep Gina (Our Houston Rep) in prayer for God to restore her health and
refresh her body!
* To my sister, Renita, my family, Carvana, Courtland, Willie, Courtney, Amos and
Mckenzie, thank you!
* To the Wright Family, there aren't enough words to say thank you for ALL THAT
The Kinkaid School was very instrumental in supplying our Sew Fest with over 250 pillowcases. The school nurse, Bonnie Hetrick requested that we think of giving to the Holiday Store at the Women's Center...what better way to give back and support the people who so generously gave to us when we requested pillowcases for girls around the world!
Molly Burns, Kim Brown, Carmen Champion and myself donated 20 dresses to Nurse Bonnie November 17, 2010 on behalf of the Sew Fest sewers and volunteers from the ACD Group.
Paul Widener receiving dresses from Nurse Bonnie and Rhnee for the Shelter
The Houston Area Women's Center provides a safe shelter for women and their children from domestic and sexual violence. The Holiday Store at the Houston Area Women's Center is a place where children and parents go to make gift selections for each other free of charge.
Sabrina Bargerstock and Paul Widener
"Both the young ladies in the photos raved about the attractiveness of the dresses as well as did the front desk person/switchboard operator."
Thank you again and the sewers of ACDSF group for thinking of Houston Area Women's Center and the Women's Shelter residents.
Monday, November 15, 2010 Denise Moseley and I delivered 100 pillowcases dresses to BEAR for CPS. When I walked into the room and saw the clothing and supplies my heart sunk to know that this was a representation of children that are abused and neglected! I just can't imagine hurting children of any age or size. In the picture, it looks like there are a lot of clothes, but there was hardly any clothes for older children. In September about 900 children were serviced, and in October over 1,000 children were serviced in Houston area. The workers at the BEAR receiving room were very kind and gracious. They explained the strength and stamina it takes to support the children they see. Although I would like to help more, my heart couldn't take it, but I along with my sewing friends can help to make a little girl smile when they get to pick a new dress just for herself.
Chapelwood members sew for a cause
I was inspired to sew pillowcase dresses after watching a news report on Channel 13 about a group of people sewing for impoverished girls in Third World countries.
I immediately realized that this could be a sewing project simple enough for me to do, and an opportunity to bless a girl somewhere in the world by providing her the opportunity to own her very own dress made especially by me. This sewing project would also be a way of keeping girls safe from human predators because of the labels we sew on the front of the dress, letting them know that people are watching over and praying for these girls. It was a calling I couldn't resist. I located the story and logged onto the Web site for the Dress A Girl Organization and joined the group the next day.
The Sew Fests of other members on the Web site intrigued me, and I accepted a challenge and committed to make 300 dresses to contribute toward the 10,000 dress goal of the organization as they prepared to celebrate the Dress A Girl's first anniversary by the end of October. Much planning and networking took place prior to the Sew Fest. I searched for people who would like to sew, volunteer, and/or donate enough pillowcases to make 300 dresses. We received pillowcases, bias tapes, and elastics from a variety of churches, schools, Girl Scouts, and private citizens. The vision of making 300 dresses would be accomplished by gathering 30 sewers together to make 10 dresses each in a day.
The family of one of my sewing students took on the responsibility of acquiring a space at their church, and on October 16 my heart was overwhelmed with joy as I sat and looked around the room and observed sewers young, old, and in between, filing into the sewing room at Chapelwood, sharing and sewing together to make little girls around the world smile! The vision had become a reality.
Forty sewers and volunteers gave up a Saturday to make girls around the world feel special, protected, and loved. Sewing together as a team to accomplish a common goal was so energizing! We extended our sewing time an additional hour because the sewers didn't want to stop sewing. By the end of the day, we completed 225 dresses. Many sewers took dress kits home to make in order to complete our Sew Fest goal. We will complete our commitment within the next two weeks, and we will continue sewing year-round so we can supply dresses to girls as the need arises.
December 5, 2010
I am back from my journey to the flood affected areas in Pakistan.
We at Hashoo Foundation very much appreciate your generous donation of 50 beautiful dresses for the young girls in Pakistan whose lives have been affected by the devastating floods.
The dresses were a great a hit!! The young Pakistani girls loved their new and much needed dresses. The families are very thankful to the young girls and women in Houston who with lots of love and good wishes stitched these beautiful dresses for their friends in Nowshera.
I have prepared these VideoNotes with pictures, video and details for you to witness the girls in the camps wearing their new dresses. Please feel free to share these notes with your friends and associates. I would love to hear from you if you wish to get involved or have any questions.
Thank you again for your trust in Hashoo Foundation and your heartfelt support for these young girls affected by the devastating floods.
Cristal Montañéz Baylor
Executive Director Hashoo Foundation USA
Cut along the top of the pillowcase (where it is sewed together opposite of the open end).
This will become the top of the dress.