Dress our People
Forty-five dresses, seventeen tank tops, and twenty pairs of shorts. That’s the tally so far as Auburn UMC members have made clothing for the children of Haiti. Ladies, young girls, and even a teenage boy and adult man have worked cutting out garments, sewing, pressing and labeling clothes in a project that started months ago when the Sunday School heard a presentation about sponsoring a child for school, as well as the Dress Our People project. At that time, it sounded like a nice project, but nothing was done about it. The recent earthquake made the need seem greater, and the outpouring of support from the church to sew clothing has been overwhleming.
Not only have people helped create the clothing, but other church members have donated unused fabrics, thread and bias tape from closets and dressers, and still others have contributed funds to buy elastic for the shorts. In addition to Auburn sewers, women from the Fleming Federated Church traced patterns, and another set was sent to a church member’s out of state relative. The project is growing and spreading!
We’ve met four times, and several seamstresses have also sewn at home. Despite the impressive number of clothing items produced, we still have lots of fabric left, and a strong desire to keep on sewing. Watch the Sunday bulletin for dates and times to help with this project, or contact Kim Dungey or Kathy Stockmyer for information.
As garments are finished, lace is added to the hem or necklines, pockets embellish the shorts or dresses. From the tiniest dresses for toddlers to shorts for a teen aged boy, we’re sewing a little bit of love into each garment.