What Is It?
A program that “delivers dresses & hope to girls in need & at risk around the world,” including within the U.S. The program is run by Hope 4 Women International, a Christian organization based in Arizona.
Make simple cotton sundresses, hygiene kits, and/or sewing kits from instructions provided; the items are then delivered to needy girls in Central America, Africa, and elsewhere.
Minimum Age to Volunteer
None, but volunteers should be able to sew a simple but high-quality dress.
No minimum; volunteers may make one item or many.
Suitable for Groups of Volunteers?
Yes. “Gather your friends, family, co-workers, church group, etc. and have a fun night of sewing once a week, or monthly, or do a one-time marathon.”
Basic sewing skills. Please contact Ann Marie Yoder for sewing instructions and the specific patterns that DAG uses.
Make simple cotton sundresses from instructions provided, then deliver the dresses to our local contact (see below) or mail them to Dress a Girl’s Arizona headquarters. The dresses (sizes 6 months to 6 years) are then hand-delivered to needy girls.
SEW HYGIENE KITS AND/OR SEWING KITS
Each hygiene kit consists of 2 panties, 10 pads, 2 liners, 1 soap, 1 washcloth, and 1 backpack. These sanitary supplies are hard to obtain in the areas that DAG serves, and older girls cannot attend school without them. The sewing kit is a drawstring pouch filled with sewing necessities. DAG has specific patterns for these kits.
For general information, visit the Dress a Girl website. Finished items should be sent to Ann Marie Yoder (dresses) and Carol Short (kits). Please contact them first to get addresses and to make sure they are still working with DAG. Contact Ann Marie at DAGambassadorDFW@gmail.com, and Carol is at firstname.lastname@example.org (817) 797-5405.
DRESS A GIRL AROUND THE WORLD
Dresses are made at volunteers’ homes, or at volunteer gatherings at places of worship or similar venues.