Well first great news – 248 dresses, 23 shorts and 16 Days for Girls Packs in total from our little group over the past 10 months or so – that is 285 kids we have made a positive change to their lives!!!!!! How awesome is that?? I await photos now from all the recipients of the clothing and Days for Girls packs – so expect to be spammed in the next couple of weeks.
New dresses ….. even for the littlest
Packages sent out
So this past two weeks we have sent out packages to Nepal – through Music for Kids 18 dresses in bags (4.4 kilos) , Tanzania – 23 Boys shorts, tops, games and stationery packs (23 kilos), 20 dresses to Catholic Care Northern Territory (5 kilos) and 12 dresses and 16 Days for Girls Packs to Pakistan (9.8 kilos) plus the presentation flip chart donated by Philippa Leaske Canberra City Days for Girls. In total 42.2 kilos of clothes, Days for Girls Kits, games and stationery supplies have gone out to the world a magnificent effort
Thank you to our sewers who came together on the 28th May for a day of sewing and chatter. Together we finished the Days for Girls Kits for Pakistan and I am so grateful. Thanks to Jenny, Liz, Jess, Tanya and Kristie who were all magnificent. Thanks Jess for the catering too – it was fabulous and everyone loved it….. Jess is also a dab hand with our new snap machine – awesome work!!
Our May sewing day
I must also acknowledge the wonderful Days for Girls Canberra City Team for their donations of 100 shields, 30 bags and labels – this will provide us a buffer as Pakistan gets up and running.
Thank you to the amazing Jenny and Gill who have been working behind the scenes for the Days for Girls kits – we have to wash flannelette, cut and overlock, plus dye undies and put together strips into the neat patchwork bags – these ladies are amazing!!! Thank you. I need to also thank Sue who always comes up with the amazing dresses for the little girls and has been cutting and sewing size 8 dresses too, this is a tremendous help as it really assists with the time I spend cutting and sewing – Ron her husband is also learning cutting now under Sue’s expert guidance.
Sewing days and mornings
We are starting a monthly Wednesday monthly sewing group 9:30am to 1pm – for a few hours over the next months to see how it goes – the first is on the 21st June – come along – bring your machine or over locker (if you don’t sew we can still use your hands – come and cut or iron for us as we sew) …. The more the merrier!!
Our next full sewing Day is on the 28th August (I have a huge July and cannot organise it til then….. but it is in the calendar) …. It will go from 10 to 4pm … catering to be advised.
First dress 🙂
For the sewing days and mornings there is no need to know how to sew the items – I will do a demo 🙂 Just bring your machine and some thread – everything else is provided.
Please note I have dresses and shorts cut and ready to sew at my front door in the basket – I would love you to help if you would like too…… I am also happy to do a one to one demo and loan you a dress or shorts for reference.
Making a difference in Pakistan
Our new Sewers
We have several new sewing ladies on board too – welcome to Kirstie, Kellie, Amarlyse, Tanya, Carolin, Matilda, Doreen and Lesley who are loving the practical nature of our work – and have been producing amazing things. I love that we can sew what we like – bags, shields and liners for the days for girls kits, dresses and shorts – so many great ways to help!!
Bags and pencils from CWA Moss Vale
Welcome also to CWA – Moss Vale, Bathurst and the Hospital Support in NSW …. these ladies are amazing, we have donated supplies, fabric and lace, sewn bags which we package the clothes in – the kids love them – see the photo below, and they have our patterns too.
A bag of her own plus a dress, letters, colouring book and necklace – because she is special, she is valued
Contacts going overseas
Do you know of a person going overseas and visiting kids in need – an orphange or reputable organisation …. if they can take dresses or shorts please ask them to read the criteria in the side bar ….. it saves us postage and is really lovely to have more kids to help.
The amazing Margie – who looks after 37 kids at Safe Haven in Kenya with her husband Steve – bringing the dresses for the girls
Donations for postage needed
We are now down to $80 in our kitty so we are needing a few donations to help with postage ….. postage is our biggest expense as most of our fabric is donated (though I do buy flannelette) …. if you have a bit of extra funds anytime – please think about donating! It makes our dresses and kits go to where hey are needed most.
We need in particular girls undies at the moment in all sizes – the brighter the better – but no animals or people please :). Also we have used our stock of fabric, so cotton fabric in bright patterns (non-see through) is hugely welcome
A new dress, possibly their first ever new dress – because they are absolutely worth it
I think that is it for today … bless you all for the amazing things you do for this little project of ours
Thank you all