I spent a great deal of time in the winter of 2010 watching the Haitians try to “recover” from the devastating earthquake. Whenever something so catastrophic happens I am always drowned with the question that just won't go away; “What can I do to help?”
One day when I was in the Thomas Norton library in Gulf Shores, Alabama I saw a display of pillowcase dresses. My grandmother could have made 100 of those dresses in a day, I thought. It hit me like a ton of bricks, I could make those dresses for the girls in Haiti. My original goal was to make 100 Little Dresses in honor of my grandmother, Nancy Thomas.
Since that winter there has been an out-pouring of support for My Grandmother’s Little Dresses for Haiti project. Originally I thought those first 100 dresses would take a year or years for me to make. However, the support from my family, friends and strangers across the country was something I never expected. With a super sewing machine purchased for me by my mother and aunt, I increase my pledge to make 100 dresses to 1,200. Every 100 dresses represents a member of my grandparent's (Albert and Nancy Thomas) family.
To date over 120 people from 14 states have sewn 1,489 dresses. They have been delivered on a regular basis to Haiti since May, 2010. They were sent to Nehemiah Vision Ministries (Chambrun, Haiti), Healing Hands International (Port Au Prince), Kids Alive International (Orphanages throughout Haiti) and Famine Relief Foundation and Mission Ranch Orphanage.
If you are willing to help there are many ways you can do so. Look through this website to see how you can help.
THIS WEBSITE IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.
Little Dresses for Haiti
c/o Susan Kisinger
1837 Mallard Court
West Lafayette, IN 47906
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