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Little dresses story spurs sewing frenzy

Little dresses story spurs sewing frenzy
Dessie Campos (from left), Roberta Salinas, Rosemary Moczygemba (behind machine), Pascalle Bippert, Helen Campos (seated), and Teddy Murphy gather July 8 to create dresses for girls in a Haitian orphanage.

Following the article, “Changing lives one little dress at a time,” in the May 26 The La Vernia News, more little dresses for girls in Africa and now Haiti have taken shape.

A group of ladies met July 8, some for the first time, and sewed dresses for Haiti. The ladies met as a result of the article in The La Vernia News about “Little Dresses for Africa,” an organization created to provide girls in Africa who have very little with something nice to wear.

Pascalle Bippert had been sewing these dresses using pillowcases. Helen Campos of La Vernia saw the article and called the newspaper, asking to be put in touch with Pascalle. They met, and Pascalle showed Helen how to make the dresses. Since then Pascalle has sent a shipment of dresses to Michigan to be sent to Africa through the “Little Dresses for Africa” organization.

Teresa Furgerson from Grace Bible Church also saw the article and donated some fabric to Pascalle, telling her about the church’s planned mission trip to Haiti in October. Together, they agreed that these little dresses would be perfect for the girls in Haiti, too.

Pascalle told Helen Campos that if she could find some ladies who would like to sew these dresses for Haiti, she would teach them what to do. Helen ran with the idea to her friends.

Helen, along with Rosemary Moczygemba, Roberta Salinas, Dessie Campos, and Teddy Murphy, met with Pascalle July 8 and sewed for three hours. Together, they completed 20 dresses for the Haiti mission trip!

Many of the pillowcases used were donated by the ladies at the La Vernia United Methodist Church’s Twice Blessed Thrift Ministry on F.M. 775 in La Vernia. Several of the ladies who met to sew also donated fabric for the project.

The group thanks Glen Mills for the use of his office space at 4 Star Storage for the project. The ladies plan to meet at least three more times and have a goal of sewing 100 dresses for the girls in Haiti. Teresa said the ladies from Grace Bible Church will hand-deliver them to the girls at an orphanage in Haiti in October.

Those interested in helping with the project should contact Pascalle Bippert at 830-779-2287.

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