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Dresses for Sudan

Posted November 19, 2013 in Community Blogs, Clive, West Des Moines

vhs-dresses-sudanThe VHS sewing classes will help make Christmas a little brighter for more than 100 girls in South Sudan.

For the second year, Kelli King and Courtney Mottet focused the class’ service project to benefit Dress a Girl Around the World, a charity that provides sun dresses to little girls across the globe. With the help WDMCS School Board member Milton Cole, they have partnered with St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church to have the dresses shipped to South Sudan. The church plans to pair a Beanie Baby with each dress, shipping them so they arrive just before Christmas.

Last year, the class donated 45 dresses in one size. They more than double that number this year while expanding the patter to make medium and large size dresses for older girls. For many of the recipients, this will be the only dress they have ever owned.

“It’s been a great project to incorporate into our curriculum,” said King. “It allows students to expand on their sewing skills while doing something good for someone else.

“I’ve just been really impressed to never hear a complaint from my students about making something that isn’t for themselves. They recognize the importance of the project and don’t mind spending the time or the money for fabric.”

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