Donate Pillowcases to Little Dresses for Africa
For example, in Chicago, a group volunteered at PAWS – twice! – and Atlanta viewers painted a gorgeous mural for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and spent the day with the elderly residents at Nursecare. Here, in San Diego, we started working with the Girl Scouts to help 11-year-old Miriam Mendoza spread the word about preventing domestic violence.
This year, we want to get everyone we know involved in this Ultimate Day “O” Service, which will officially take place on May 26. Farah Meadows, one of our fellow Ultimate Viewers, has discovered a fantastic nonprofit organization called Little Dresses for Africa. The group makes simple dresses out of pillowcases, and distributes them to orphanages, churches and schools in Africa (and, actually, in places in crisis around the world as well). Their goal is to “plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy.” We LOVE that.
To date, more than half a million dresses have been made and distributed to 31 different countries in Africa. Let’s get those numbers up!
Please join us in collecting pillowcases. Now is a great time to do your spring cleaning and empty out those linen closets. Ask your children’s teachers to collect pillowcases in class. Have your Girl Scout troop collect. Collect at your book club meeting.
Typically, pillowcases are turned into dresses at sewing parties – you can find the simple, four-step directions here. If you can actually sew the dresses, that’s ideal, but don’t worry if you can’t – the organization is happy to accept pillowcases and sew them themselves. They are also happy to accept tax-deductible donations to cover shipping costs.
Send pillowcases/pillowcase dresses/checks to:
Little Dresses for Africa
24614 Curtis Drive
Brownstown, MI 48134
By May 26, please let us know how many you sent. You can just leave a comment here or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Feel free to send us pictures of the pillowcases/dresses/sewing parties/collections as well. We want to pass all of this on to Oprah, and we will post a follow up at the end of May.
We are so excited about this project, and we know that our StyleSubstanceSoul community will help make it a huge success!