Meet Our U.S. Ambassadors
Hello! My name is Missy Sheffield, I am 38 years old and live in Tuscumbia, Al. I have been married to my wonderful husband Sammy for 6 years. We have 7 children and 9 grandchildren. I know your thinking how??? Haha! We are a big blended family 😉 David & Dayna Rice have Addison, Harper and Myles. Heather and Josh have Hope, Ava, Paisley and Hunter. Jacob and Brooke have Braylon and Ema. We have Braxton, Nate, Jillian and Noah. Ages from 35 to 2! 😀 I grew up watching my grandmother sew dresses for my sisters and I and was always interested in learning. I began learning when my my daughter Jillian was born in 2007. I learned a lot from friends and then mostly self taught myself. In 2011 my sister and her husband began the process of adopting our niece from China so that's when my gift of sewing was linked to Kingdom work I made crayon rolls, camera straps, placemats to help raise money to bring Ruthie home! ! Ian so excited and have started my own sewing business in my home called Sew4Him. I enjoy making a variety of handmade items such as nursery bedding, window treatments, memory blankets and much more!! And I'm looking forward to being a Ambassador for “DAG” God be the Glory!!!
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I have lived in South Arkansas all my life, and have been a Registered Nurse for 29 years. My husband and I have been married for 41 years and have 2 adult daughters who are married; I have one grandchild, who is the delight of our lives. I will be retiring in the spring of 2018 and am always excited to find ways to use my sewing machine to bring comfort and hope to people going through hard times. My daughters and I make donation quilts for a children's hospital, and we give blankets with scripture verses sewn on them to cancer patients. My granddaughter is also learning to sew. They are helping make dresses for the Dress a Girl project, and we are teaching others at our church (who don't know how to sew) to sew the dresses. I also enjoy playing a violin, mandolin, and resonator guitar at church, and going camping with my family.
Email: [email protected]
Hello, my name is Rose Anne and am excited to introduce myself as the Phoenix area Dress a Girl Ambassador. My husband and I moved full time to Sun City, Arizona from Washington state in 2010 after I retired from a long career in nursing at Seattle Children's Hospital. I remain a true to the blue and green Washingtonian, Go Seahawks! And try to go “home “ to visit a least a few times a year!
I am crafter at heart and am still an avid card maker and quilter. I started sewing in grade school, making doll clothes, then moving on to my own clothes in junior high and high school. God lead me to DAG in 2011 through a friend at my church and I have been an active participant since. Dress a Girl is a passion that I love volunteering for. I am privileged to be blessing little girls all over the world with the beautiful dresses I and others make for them. I was able to travel to Uganda in 2014 with Hope 4 Kids and Hope 4 Women, bring over 250 dresses with me. A highlight of that trip was dressing the sweet Ugandan girls in the dresses I had a hand in sewing! It was so much fun to bring home pictures and show the ladies at church little girls dressed in dresses they had made!
The Phoenix DAG group meets once a month to sew, sort and size dresses. We have fun and good fellowship while working together and a yummy potluck lunch is always shared. New friends are welcome, check out the Facebook page: Dress A Girl Around The World – Phoenix for details of our next Serve Day. A goal for 2018 is to start sewing classes at the Phoenix Dream Center, teaching the residents there how to make dresses for DAG, please pray for this project as we look ahead to next year!
Email: [email protected]
CA (SF Bay Area)
After 32 years of marriage, my life took an unexpected turn when my husband asked for a divorce. The next months were extremely difficult, but God was with me every step of the way, guiding and guarding. In fact, one morning in my devotions early in the process, the prayer in my devotional was this: "Holy Spirit, you know how much I hate change. Please help me to embrace this new life that you are offering me." I was stunned that this was part of God's plan, but that knowledge was certainly sustaining in the months to come. One evening, several months later I was sitting alone in my tiny new house, praying and contemplating all the changes that had occurred and really in awe of God’s goodness to me and helping me to ‘embrace this new life that he had offered me.’ But it occurred to me that my focus had been totally on myself over those several months. Now, it was time to start thinking about a new way to minister to other people. So I started praying that evening, specifically asking God for a new area of ministry; and I added…"oh, and, by the way, if it could be something CREATIVE, that would be SO cool!" A few of weeks later, I stumbled across the DAG website and within a few minutes literally burst into tears, knowing that this was a DIRECT answer to prayer. I gathered a few friends and we had our first Sew-Fest in May, 2011. Now we have over 300 women involved and have made over 10,000 dresses. I'm convinced that God gives us gifts and then when we use them for His good and His glory, he doubles the blessings and we get so much joy in simply USING those gifts! Addendum: In an additional amazing gift from God, I reconnected with a crush from grade-school and we've now been married almost 6 years! Isn't God simply FULL of surprises??! You can find info about our DAG group at www.dressagirlsfbayarea.com or email me at [email protected]
CA (Central Valley)
My name is Pat and I reside in the Central Valley in sunny California. I am an elementary school teacher and I enjoy sewing, crocheting, and spending time with my family. I began sewing at a young age and love giving my creations to family and friends. I came across Dress A Girl by chance while seeking an easy version for the pillowcase dress pattern for my granddaughters. I am happy I did because now I have the chance to make a difference in other young girls lives around the world. My future goal is to launch a ministry for this organization in my area, and to have others become involved who are passionate about children and serving our heavenly father.
Email me: [email protected]
I've never been this aggressive before about anything. The
Lord has opened so many doors that I know this is what I am meant to do. Thank
you for inviting me. I look forward to doing the best job I can.
We've helped make & distribute hundreds of dresses to Haiti, Cambodia & Kenya. Email me at [email protected]
Charlotte & Claudia
We are Charlotte and Claudia and are super excited to be a part of Dress A Girl Around the World. We launched in 2014 in Fresno, CA under the amazing guidance of our sister in Christ, Barbara in Santa Cruz. Since that time our group has continued to grow and we have been blessed to be a part of planting or mentoring three other active groups in our area.
We love Dress A Girl for the hope and joy it brings these beautiful girls in other countries and for the indescribable blessing it brings to each of us who has a hand in creating these special gifts. You can be an accomplished seamstress, a novice or a non-sewer to help, so please come and join us so you can be a part of this wonderful ministry and be a carrier of something special created in His name for those He calls His children.
CA (Santa Cruz)
My personal passion is to do what I can to ease the
suffering of oppressed people and those living in poverty. I’ve spent a lot of time studying about
poverty, praying about poverty, reading books about poverty, and doing whatever
I can to help those in poverty---particularly through short-term missions and
child sponsorship. When I discovered Dress a Girl Around the World, I realized
how perfectly this ministry fit into the person I believe God created me to
be. I have been involved in many, many
ministries in my life but I have never walked through SO many open doors---ever! It is such a privilege to serve in this capacity. I love how this ministry gives people of all
ages unity of purpose. It has also fortified my marriage. My husband, Steven, is a Gideon Bible
distributor. This has been a marriage of
our ministries as well---we have been putting little New Testaments in the
pockets of our dresses to send to the countries where they are allowed. I love how this addresses both physical AND
spiritual poverty. Our home church is very aggressive about world
missions. We have sent dresses to
Zambia, South Africa, and Dominican Republic, Sri Lanka, Navajo Nation, India, Tanzania, Grand Bahama Island,
Nicaragua, and Ecuador as well as serving the needy in our community. I love a quote from Wess Stafford, CEO of Compassion,
International. In his book titled “Just
a Minute”, he points out that in the
heart of a child, ONE moment can last forever.
“From the stories of others I have become convinced that if God stands a
child before you, for even just a minute, it is a divine appointment. You have the chance to launch a life. You never know when you are making a memory.”
At Dress a Girl Around the World Santa Cruz we make our dresses “one at a time”. We want to send the message that each dress is made with extravagant love and care and is as unique as the child who will ultimately own it.
Email: [email protected]
As I approached 60 I knew it was time to slow down the business to allow time in my life to give back. I began the search for a ministry that I felt God was leading me to. When I was visiting a friend that lived out of town she was telling me about "Dress a Girl Around the World". I knew within minutes that was my ministry. I started going to the sewing fests at the local chapter to me in Antioch, Ca. "The Delta Sowers". The ladies there made me feel right at home as I learned and they patiently answered all my questions for a year. What I love about this ministry is the way it touches so many women and girls of all ages both locally and globally. Whether you sew or not there are so many ways to contribute. I love the opportunity to give darling dresses to girls all over the world that may not otherwise have one. A chance to show God's love one dress at a time. In February 2016 I have opened a new chapter of Dress a Girl Around the World in my home town of Brentwood, Ca. We call ourselves "Precious Threads" and are so excited to see where God takes us on this journey. Come and join us! Email: [email protected]
My name is Pamela Glenn and I live Arroyo Grande on the Central Coast of California. My mom taught me to hand sew for my dolls when I was 5 years old. As I got older I made my own clothes and sewed for my home and my children. About 2 years ago I discovered that I like quilting!
Our church was introduced to Dress A Girl when a new pastor and his wife came on board. This ministry has really captured my heart as well as many others in the church. At our first meeting, we completed over 100 dresses, some of which had been donated by another church in varying stages of completion. As I helped organize that day I realized that this was another “God” moment in my life - I had recently prayed the prayer of Jabez to “enlarge my territory,” so when I was asked to become the coordinator of the group, I said yes. We currently meet quarterly, but that may change as our ministry expands. As I write this I have gotten word that several other churches are interested in joining the team - how awesome is God!
Email me at [email protected]
(Retired) Born and grew up in Beverly, Massachusetts then moved to Connecticut in 1969. I have two sisters that live in New England. I also have three daughters, one son-in-law, three grandsons and one granddaughter. Life has been busy. I’m a member of a local quilting guild, which is where I learned about Dress A Girl. One of the ladies at the guild talked to me about DAG and gave me a label that she had with her. As soon as I arrived home I checked out DAG website. After reading I knew this was for me. I ordered labels and got fabric together. Then put together my first DAG event with some wonderful ladies at our campground in NH. There was lots of talking, sewing and ironing going on and we enjoyed it so much that we are making this a yearly event. “EVERY GIRL DESERVES A DRESS”
I discovered DAG in February of 2016 in Wells, Maine. I was visiting my sister and she had signed us up for a Sew-A-Thon, I said great. I had so much fun, I couldn’t wait to get home and start planning one. I had my first Sew-a-Thon in April of 2016, and went on to hold 3 more that year. I have met some really wonderful people at these events and happy to call them friends after sewing together and sharing a meal.
I was in the corporate world for nearly 30 years and am so happy to be out. It is nice to be able to take the time to create a quality garment for a girl who is in need and not worry about a bottom line!
I have two grown daughters and a wonderful husband who has supported my interests and hobbies for nearly 40 years. When not sewing I enjoy kayaking, bike riding, gardening and cooking.[email protected]
email: [email protected]
I am a recently retired school teacher who works in our local library in West Bridgewater, MA. Ever since my sister, Kendra Arocho, introduced me to Dress a Girl Around the World, I have renewed my love of sewing and creating. It has been a new found purpose for me serving alongside my sister, supporting the mission of Dress a Girl.
I have a two year old granddaughter that I use as my real life model for some of the Dress a Girl creations. I can also be reached at [email protected]
Maggie & Cam! New Mexico!
Hi! We are Cam & Maggie. We are both veteran home school moms who became great friends when we ran a homeschool science club and fair for about 5 years. In 2014, Cam heard about Dress a Girl Around the World through a Women of Faith conference email. Thinking that was a great idea, we gathered some ladies to brainstorm the possibilities with us. Along with our daughters, friends, clubs, and local churches, we began making dresses. Maggie's daughter Alyssa became inspired and soon became the local Junior Ambassador. Alyssa ran the show for a few years, holding workshops and enlisting several organizations to get involved. Now she is in college and Cam and Maggie are keeping the San Juan County chapter going. With our mixed skills and enthusiasm, and amazing women who have God-given sewing talent and creativity, we feel blessed to be able to be a part of this ministry!
For a long time I looked for an opportunity to do something I would have a passion for and that would help others. One day I read in the St. Mary of Vernon Parish (Vernon Hills, IL) church bulletin about a wonderful organization led by an amazing woman named Sidney that sewed dresses for poor girls. This sounded like something I could do and I attended the first event. Since then I have fallen in love with this ministry and am honored to be part of this organization. I do not have children of my own and this is truly a blessing for me to have the opportunity to make a difference in a little girl’s life.
We recently moved to Colorado and I want to continue my charity work. I became passionate about this ministry and found a purpose that is beyond my own dreams. I would like to start a group of women here in Woodland Park, CO to follow a simple yet needed way to help poor girls own a dress. I will work hard to encourage people to get involved in making a difference in someone's life. If you like to sew, please join me. I would love to hear from you.
I am honored to be an ambassador for the Southern Colorado area until Teresa, who did this job before me, will join us again.
Email: [email protected]
I had the good fortune to be raised in a Christian family that was always involved in mission out reaches. When I made a personal decision to trust Jesus, He gave me the same desires.
I have been married to my dear husband for 42 years. We have 3 grown children and 2 grandchildren. My daughter told me about DAG. I was very interested, but because I was teaching at that time and didn't have the time needed to start something new, I filed the thought away.
As a retirement gift, my husband gave me a beautiful sewing room. The stage was set. I went to the website, found the nearest group and attended one of their sew times with a dear friend. We came back to our church very excited with the thought we can be part of this wonderful ministry of sewing God's best dresses for His sweet needy girls. As I have talked to others about it, God has raised up a mighty band of faithful people who are part of our ministry.
Our dresses are sewn one at a time and they are as unique and beautiful as the girls receiving them. As we sew we pray for the girls who will receive the dress and those who deliver them. It is an honor and privilege to be part of such an incredible ministry, spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ one dress at a time.
Please visit our: Facebook page; Dress a Girl Pinewood
Email: [email protected]
known as Dressed in Hope (DIH), which is part of Dress a Girl Around the World, has created an energy throughout Florida and across the country to help impoverished girls around the world. Our dynamic Orlando group has grown to over 50 volunteers. Courtesy of Village Walk, Lake Nona, Orlando, these dedicated women meet every Thursday from 10 -12 p.m. at its Town Center to create dresses and matching dolls that are “made with love.” The enthusiasm extends beyond the greater Orlando area, as we are fortunate to have talented “satellite seamstresses” in over 10 cities across the state and beyond our state line—from California to Connecticut. These partners have delivered over 650 dresses. The Dressed in Hope group hit an exciting milestone—since 2013 it has distributed over 2,700 dresses to 15 countries. Our success is a collaborative effort—from the generous donations of beautiful fabrics and notions to the personal distribution of dresses to orphanages by groups including AirMobile Ministries, Church of Nazarene, Delta Cares, Morgan Associates, Nautique Cares, Pine Hills Church in Indiana, Reach Out to Haiti, Ryan Epps Home, the Tebow Foundation, and the University of Central Florida Burnett Honors College.
Email: [email protected]
My name is Susan Smith. My husband (Barry) and I live in Pensacola Florida. We moved to Florida in 2012 to escape the cold and snow of the mountains of Maryland. I have loved to sew since Middle School and prior to retirement was the owner of a sewing business fabricating custom window treatments. Barry is a retired pastor and all of the churches we served became very mission minded. I have been on and led several short term missions to Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic and have seen firsthand the great need to help children in other lands. When I discovered Dress A Girl, I knew immediately that this was God calling me to a new ministry. Barry and I plan to work hard to encourage the people of Northwest Florida to get involved in making a difference is little girls lives, providing dresses and respect to those who are often forgotten or neglected. Email: [email protected]
My name is Marti, and I live in Jesup, Georgia. I own Marti's Fabric Studio and as a fabric shop owner I am excited to be a part of "Dress a Girl Around the World". I see my shop as a ministry to the community. As
God blesses the business I want to pass it on even further through this ministry. My customers have really stepped up to the plate and are helping me reach my goal in the number of dresses we complete each year.
Marti's Fabric Studio Email: [email protected]
Marti's Fabric Studio
402 South First Street
Jesup, GA 31545
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday - Closed
Born in Wisconsin during the Great Depression in the 1930's, I could write a book about my life. I learned to sew at age 12, and at one time did alterations, sewed for others, worked in a fabric store and even co-owned a “Stretch and Sew” fabric store on Oahu during the 1970’s. After 57 years of marriage, 3 daughters, 9 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren, my spouse passed away in 2007. A couple of years later I found Dress a Girl, starting sewing dresses and spreading the work to others here in Hilo. As a club member of Family and Community Education, FCE, I presented DAG to our Hilo Council in 2011, and not only was it accepted as one of their projects for the past few years but this is the 2nd year it is State wide. Dress a Girl has also received 3 awards in the past 2 years, at our Annual Hilo FCE Installation/Recognition Dinner which is held every Dec. I have met so many awesome people since I began and with their help my passion continues to grow as we dress girls around the world. Dag has given me a new purpose in life and I count my Blessings everyday that none of my family are suffering like so many others are around the world. Jeanette "Jen" Laris Phone: 808-895-7795
Email: [email protected]
I have been sewing since I was 13 years old. I made all of my clothes in high school and in college. I began teaching elementary school when I finished college. Then I taught Jr. High science for 14 years. I retired from teaching in Texas after 27 years. In 2011 I lost my only grandson and then in 2012 I lost my only daughter. Sewing dresses for Dress A Girl Around The World helped me through some very hard times. As I sewed, I began to find a purpose that was beyond my own needs. It did so much to bring me out of my grief that I consider sewing dresses to be a women’s ministry as well as a little girl’s ministry. I love showing women how valuable their contribution to world poverty is.
Email: [email protected]
Aloha! My name is Francine. I live on the island of Maui in Hawaii. I am of Hawaiian Filipino ancestry and I am married to a kind and loving Japanese man named Wayne. We have 2 daughters and 1 son, along with 4 grandchildren and 1
As a child, I watched my mother sew the most beautiful outfits using newspaper to make her pattern pieces. I later found out that she didnʻt know how to read a pattern because she taught herself how to sew out of necessity simply by following an idea she had in her head. I didnʻt have that gift but I was determined to learn to sew like her. At the age of 12, I got hold of an “easy” pattern and some fabric and taught myself to sew by reading the pattern instruction over and over until I understood what to do. Over time, my skills improved and I have been sewing ever since. In my adult years, while serving in the youth program at church, I taught several of the girls to sew because I think itʻs one of those “must have” skills that helps make life easier.
I first heard of the Dress-A-Girl-Around-the-World
project from a friend who lives on another island and was contributing her
skills by creating pockets. It didnʻt dawn on me at the time to get involved
but as luck would have it, I came across the organization a couple months later
which was an indication to me that I was to get involved. Iʻm excited to be
part of this orgranization because I love the mission of empowering and
valueing girls in my community and around the world. If you are interested in
getting involved, please email me at: [email protected].
IL (Tinley Park)
Hello, my name is Diane
Jones. I am a retired educator with over
40 years of service. Dress A Girl has
opened another chapter and opportunity to continue to serve. After reading about the ministry of DAG, and
seeing the faces of the girls who were recipients, I knew this was a means to
share the love of Christ in a tangible way.
I believe that each DAG dress is blessed, carrying the message of hope,
worth, and unconditional love.
I learned to sew in elementary school, revisiting the art from time to time as needed. Making my first DAG dress rekindled a spark that I had not experienced for many years. Creating dresses that will both grace and protect little precious bodies, brings satisfaction beyond words.
It is an honor and great privilege to lend
support to such an incredible ministry, spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ,
one beautiful dress at a time.
Nadine & Natalie
I began sewing my own clothes in 7th grade and never stopped. I was on a trip with my husband when I found a brochure on Dress A Girl Around the World. Having recently retired from teaching, I missed the service club I had sponsored for years. All three events led me to inquire about becoming an Ambassador for Indiana. Best of all, I will be working with my very dear sister. She has been my rock all my life....even when we were young....I just didn't know how much until I grew up a bit!
I am an avid sewer, crafter, knitter, who has never met a needle I was not fascinated with. I am also now retired and have the luxury of time which has sparked my interest in contributing to something larger than myself and the small town I live in. As a result I join my sister in being an Ambassador for Dress A Girl Around the World and look forward to the opportunity to be helpful.
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
As a result of our daughter’s coaxing, last June my husband and I relocated to Des Moines, IA where she and her family live. From the day we made the decision to move, getting involved in DAG was my goal. I was driven to join a DAG group in Des Moines, to help me meet new people and make dresses for this wonderful organization. Much to my amazement, there was no such group and in fact hardly anyone had heard of it. Not to be discouraged, I decided to start a group.
We moved into a senior independent living residence called the Reserve. With the backing of the Reserve staff, I was able to use our craft room which already had 3 vintage sewing machines and start DAG right here! We had the location; all we needed was the materials. There’s a church next door so I thought maybe we could get donated fabrics if they had any outreach programs. They invited me to speak to their ladies organization. As a result, their group gave us our first donation and the best part was that 3 of the ladies joined our monthly workshops. We bought some fabric, had an organizing meeting in February and our first workshop in March. We're a small group, but dedicated, and within weeks we had produced 45 dresses. We had no idea where we would send the dresses but I had the faith that by the time we had enough made, we'd know.
By this time I was sure that it was what God had in mind when he sent us to Iowa. My husband and I believe in what we call God incidences. You know, things that happen without our direction and totally out of our control. Just like stopping by the church got us our first donation. One of our neighbors told us about a friend who has been flying humanitarian trips to Haiti since the earthquake back several years ago. These friends had shown him the dresses. As it turned out he had built an orphanage that was home to 72 girls. Did we cross paths by coincidence? I don't think so! And we had our first destination, and not because of us!
After 4 months we have made almost 200 dresses and the involvement of 2 churches, a senior center and the commitment of our Drake University women’s basketball team to donate hours of community service to DAG. It’s growing faster then I ever imagined. We have been blessed in so many ways and I truly know that this is God’s plan for me. If you're anywhere in Iowa and want to get a DAG group going, contact me. I'll do whatever I can to help you get started. The real joy comes when you see photos of the smiling faces of little girls as they twirl around in their very own dress. Knowing the pride, self confidence and feeling of being beautiful, they may be experiencing for the very first time!
How exciting to represent DAG in the state of Kansas! My name is Donna Waterson and I’m a retired art teacher. One afternoon my sis Shirley called to tell me about this amazing group in Ft. Collins, CO that got together once a month to make dresses for little girls throughout the world.
Now, after I retired I prayed God would show me something I would have a passion for that would help others. This sounded like something I might be able to do, so I went to the DAG web site and the rest is history!
O, by the way, that prayer started ten years ago! My timing and God’s timing were a little different. But of course His was perfect.
Many of my church friends come twice a month to sew in the building behind my home I taught art classes in for thirty years. This building had just sat idle for the past ten years. Donations of sewing machines (15), more material than you can possible imagine, notions, ribbon, rick rack, thread, etc. All donated! God supplies everything!
We started sewing last fall , sending dresses, baby blankets and little boys cargo pants to Honduras in March. We’re packing now for Togo, West Africa and Guatemala. Dresses for Kenya will go in the fall. We serve an amazing God!
I have lived in the New Orleans area all my life. I have been married for 26 years to my wonderful husband and have two grown children. I work full time in Children's Ministry . I've been sewing since I was 11. Both my grandmothers, mother in law, grandmother in law all sewed and my mother, sister and my daughter all sew too! I heard about DAG after seeing on a website that an orphanage in Haiti that I visited this past summer were recipients of DAG dresses. I went right to DAG website and felt God leading me to be part of this organization. I'm excited about become a state rep for Louisiana and look forward to what God has in store! Someone once said "No one can do everything, but everyone can do something." I believe this is my something! Won't you join me in doing something? You can find me on facebook @ Dress a girl New Orleans. Email: [email protected]
My name is Lisa Kreiner and I live in Thurmont Maryland. I'm a
single mom and I work full time in Frederick at an Orthodontic Dental
Office. I bought my first house by myself and it gives me a great sense
of accomplishment! I've lived in Thurmont for two years now and I love
being a part of this community. I love to sew, but I never thought I
would be sewing for such a worthy cause. I am honored to be part of a
wonderful organization like Dress A Girl Around The World. What a
blessing to have the opportunity to make a difference in a little girls
life. This program has all ready made a difference in mine. Thanksgiving
to God, Lisa
Email: [email protected]
ME (Southern ) & NH
My name is Jacqueline Dewey and I reside in York, Maine with my husband Dave and Golden Retriever Lacey. I am proud to have the opportunity to bring Dress a Girl representation to Southern Maine. I have developed many new friends looking for added meaning in their life. Love is being transformed in each dress sewn. This may be the only new dress the girls may have in their lifetime. It has to be special.
We have so much in this country. We also can be so generous to others. I look forward to working with fellow Mainers assembling dresses, building inventories, dressing girls at risk and sharing their smiling faces. As Mother Teresa said “we can do small things with great love”.
Email: [email protected]
Email me: [email protected]
I started sewing for Dress A Girl early in 2014 and love doing it. I started with some fabric and lace that my mother collected during her life, but I have added to my collection as sales happen. I am the mother of three grown children, grandmother to 14, and great-grandmother to one.
I lived in England for two years in the 60's. That is where my oldest was born. That was a very interesting experience.
Three of my grandchildren were born in Ethiopia and adopted when they were 3 - 5 years old. I traveled with my daughter and son-in-law to pick up the first child they adopted. On that trip, I saw first hand the state of development of one African country. We saw men and boys plowing fields with oxen and wooden plows. Some areas had no electricity. Clothes were washed in ditches running beside dirt roads. This brought home to me that great advantages that we live with every day and take for granted. That is part of my motivation for this ministry. I also want to do something useful with my time and resources.
Email: [email protected]
My name is Beverly. I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. My parents instilled in me Christian values such as kindness, honesty, fairness, and volunteering which I have passed on to my children and grandchildren. I have been a FACS Teacher (Home Economics....I’m not afraid to say it!) for the last 37 years. I started teaching right out of college, and can still say, I love what I teach. I teach in an all-girls private school, in which, FACS courses are still being taught. These very important life-skills, such as cooking, sewing, child development, etc. are needed now, more than ever. My mom stayed home when my sisters and I were growing up, and was always teaching us practical skills. Young people, today, live in a completely different world. Both parents are usually working outside the home, which means family meal-times are jeopardized, and any extra time they have is usually driving their kids to and from extra-curriculum activities. It’s rare you will see a mother sitting down with her daughter, on a Saturday, teaching her how to sew!
No matter what, I always had dresses to wear. Some were store bought, but many were hand sewn. It saddens me to think that there are little girls that will never own a dress. Getting involved in “Dress a Girl Around the World” is my way of giving back. I look forward to working with this organization, and making a difference in a child’s life.
Email: [email protected]
I am a wife and homeschool mom of 6 little blessings. Our family operates a small family farm in southern Missouri and my husband is also a pastor of a country church. Our family seeks to find ways in which we can serve others and show God’s love to the world which He created. I was so excited to find out about Dress A Girl Around the World and the mission opportunities it affords our family and community. I was reminded the other day of a Matthew 25:40 “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. “ We are so blessed in our country and we take many things for granted. While our children “choose” what to wear and eat, other little ones around the world wear tattered scraps of cloth and go hungry. God honors and blessed the work of a faithful heart. We may have what seems to some as little to offer, but little is much when God is in it! We are looking forward to what God will do in Missouri! If you have any questions or want to donate your time, money or resources, please feel free to contact me!
Email: [email protected]
Toki has been working at Duke University Hospital since 1998. She has
worked with Trauma and transplant patients and currently is a Quality
Manager for Cardiac Surgical patients at the Duke Heart Center. She
graduated from Duke University School of Nursing with a MSN in Nursing
Leadership and since then has focused on leadership as well as quality
care of patients in different areas of service. She is bilingual in
English and Farsi (Persian).
Toki has a few hobbies such as water color painting and sewing. She has been involved with the Dress a girl project since early 2011 and is the company Rep for Duke in this project.
I live with my husband of 36 years. We have 3 grown sons and 2 granddaughters, ages 3 & 17 months. I enjoy sewing and crotcheting, traveling and spending time with our grandchildren.
I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as an ambassador for Dress a Girl.
Email: [email protected] Facebook
Prior to being a SAHM, I worked in non-profit helping women and children in domestic violence and sexual assault situations. I was the Volunteer Coordinator for the 24 Hour hotline. I have a passion for helping others.
I have loved to sew since I was a little girl. It all started with my Grandmother Ellie. She was an amazing seamstress who sewed wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, made her children's clothes in her her tiny basement. I remember watching her cut fabric on her ping pong table. She would let me sit by her and watch. I was hooked. I wanted to know how she did what she did! I had my first Singer toy model sewing machine given to me when I was about 8. I would sketch drawings and try to make them. It really wasn't until after I was married in 1998 and had my daughter in 2009 I picked sewing back up again. Soon after my daughter was born I dusted off the machine and haven't looked back since. I enjoy making dresses and anything really! It brings me joy to make for other people.
I have always wanted to find a way to combine my passion for sewing and a deep drive to give back in some way. To use the talent to benefit others. So when
I heard about Dress A Girl (DAG) from around the world I knew this was the place!
I'm really excited to be the Ambassador for this organization in my home state of Nebraska. I cannot wait to see what we are able to offer DAG!!!
Email me: [email protected]
As a mother of two girls and grandmother to six granddaughters, I have a passion for all children, but especially girls. I come from a heritage of strong women, but also of strong men who respected and valued women. It breaks my heart to see any person not feeling valued and it often begins at a very early age. I can see where a pretty dress could make a difference in a young girl's self esteem and also how she is perceived by others.
Sewing is something that has been a great hobby over the years, but recently, I have been blessed to share that joy with other young girls and their moms. When searching the Internet for simple dress patterns I stumbled upon your website. Such a simple dress, but a very obvious impact on these young girls.
As I shared this program with others, the excitement to be a part of such a tangible way to make a difference in a girls life was contagious. We are ready to begin making dresses and excited to be a small part in a world wide outreach to make positive impact on a girl's life. Email: [email protected]
My name is Kelly,
I am a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City. I am truly blessed to be very happily married to Randy Baker for 33 years, and I am truly blessed to have 5 amazing children that are 14,16,19,21 and 24 years old. I am also truly blessed to be a part of Dress A Girl and Hope for Women!
My email is:
I taught myself how to sew in middle school while looking for a new hobby. After hand sewing several dolls, my dad suggested I invest in a sewing machine. We split the cost half and half, and sewing has been one of my greatest passions ever since.
I am so grateful that God has allowed me to find so much joy in my work, and I hope that through Dress a Girl I can help girls build confidence and grit while spreading God’s love to all His precious children.
If you are near the Philadelphia area, or you are a student looking to get involved on your campus, please feel free to reach out to me at [email protected]!
My favorite age to sew for is for ages two to 12 year old girls. Having five granddaughters has given me ample opportunity to be creative! They now have plenty of dresses that will be handed down to each other.
About two years ago Dee, a good friend of mine, gave me two large boxes of material. Since the Grandorables had plenty of NiniLu (they call me NINI and I added the LU that stands for LOVES YOU!) dresses, I had to find a way to use this material.
A quick search online for charitable sewing revealed the perfect answer for me. I could continue sewing for the age that I love as well as have a world wide impact. Each DAG dress is prayed over and is made with the same care and attention to detail used to make dresses for the Grandorables.
We have a weekly workshop every Wednesday from 9-noon where we make Humanitarian Dolls and well as Dresses to send. I am ever so grateful to DAG for giving me the opportunity to make a difference.
contact email: [email protected]
Here is my website for my sewing studio
I find that “Sewing Mends the Soul”. My mother taught me to sew when I was about 10 and I never stopped. I use to sew for my kids when they were little but now they are all grown and have families of their own. So now it’s sewing for the grandchildren! My community is a host for welcoming immigrants and refugees from around the world. I have learned so much from them and where they came from and what they have been through. Their stories are heart wrenching. I was looking for a way to help and then I came across the Dress A Girl site I knew this was just what I was looking for.
am really enjoying designing cute dress so that the girls feel special wearing
something pretty. I want them to feel
that they are loved and worthy.
Email me: [email protected]
I was born in Zambia and lived there until I was 7. As the daughter of a British banker, I was protected from many of the harsh conditions of such an impoverished country. However, I still remember the food shortages, specifically meat, and as for clothes -- forget it! My sister and I were lucky though -- my mother knew how to sew and we never went without cute little dresses!
I’ve always loved all things girly, but as the mother of boys, I found that sugar and spice and all things nice was not the way I rolled anymore – flowers and fabric were traded in for fire trucks and football (and I wouldn’t change a thing!) – until I found Dress a Girl! Now I can pick out the pinkest and prettiest fabrics I can find and know they will make little girls somewhere smile.
I also have my own skincare business and love to watch my clients become more confident as they transform their skin. However, creating beautiful dresses that not only carry a message of hope and love to those forgotten and neglected, but more importantly, keep them safe from predators is both humbling and delightful.
The area in which I live is very service-oriented and I have high hopes for many dresses to be made here with great love. Being an ambassador for Dress a Girl around the world is a small thing I can do, and I am honored to have this opportunity to serve.
Please get in touch.
Jacquie [email protected]
email: [email protected]
Mary Jo & Angels of Mercy
Mary Jo & her Angels of Mercy are doing a phenomenal job in New York. They are constantly in the news for their work with Dress a Girl and have had as many as 150 women show up with sewing machines in hand for events. They are going strong and have 40 locations sewing currently.
From their base in Rochester they have made/sent/shipped over 88,000 dresses to Haiti, Peru, Nepal, Cambodia & France. Mary Jo says: "Our goal is to reach the ends of the earth and we are on our way!!!!" "God is so Great…He sends women and girls with the heart to "SEW" seeds into the lives of young ones."
TX (Dallas/Ft Worth)
I started playing with a needle and thread when I was 3 or 4 years old. My mom figured I would only touch the sharp point of the needle a few times before I learned not to. I started sewing my own clothes when I was 10 years old because the clothes my mom made for me were ugly. It was a pink and brown checkered double knit pantsuit that made me have to take matters in to my own hands! I grew up poor so making my clothes was necessary. I have always liked sewing except for having to sit still to do it!
Recently, I wanted to find something to do to use my talents to serve God and help others. I started sewing for a group making baby items but didn’t have a passion for it. One day I looked online for other Christian organizations that I could sew for that I would have a passion for and there it was…Dress a Girl Around the World!! I knew immediately God wanted me to help clothe those precious girls! I’m excited to help provide dresses to girls in need. I want to help show girls around the world they are loved by Jesus and are beautiful in his sight.
I’m excited to be an ambassador in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and north Texas! I have a hard time sitting still long enough to sew much so that’s why being an ambassador works so well. I can talk to others (and I don’t have to sit still!) about sewing dresses, donating and helping in many other ways email: [email protected]
I was sitting alone feeling a sense of incompleteness, when I was watching the news
August 10, 2010. Channel 13 in Houston aired a news special about a group of people sewing pillowcase dresses for girls around the world. "I could do that!"
Making a difference in the life of a girl whose eyes light up just to own a new dress inspired me to call the Dress A Girl contact. I joined and committed myself to this project to initially make 300 dresses that very night. I was excited to use my limited sewing abilities to a cause that was meaningful, simple to do, and at the same time contribute to making a difference in this world and to bless the life of a child.
I joined the Dress A Girl community in 2010. We have two Sewfest a year; one in the fall and one in the spring. I've met so many wonderful people sewing, volunteering, delivering and working together for a common good. The community spirit and excitement fuels the energy at each Sewfest! I truly love sewing and to see your dress somewhere on the other side of the world is a feeling of joy I can't describe!
To date, we've made 1,877 dresses and distributed 1,836.
Living and Sewing to Serve is what I do!
Email me: [email protected]
Email Me: [email protected]
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TX (West Columbia)
My name is Laura Cole and I am sew excited to be a part of this group! I live in in a wonderful small town south of Houston, near the coast. I am married to an amazing man; we have two awesome teenage boys; and I have an inspiring sister who sews blankets for sick children along with dresses for DAG. I became involved with DAG through church - Bethel Presbyterian - when our women's group began sewing dresses in 2012. Since then we have expanded to include ladies from other churches and one gentleman (90 plus- our bias tape maker). Our incredible group has now made over 1300 dresses. If you have dresses, would like to sew, would like to join our group, would like to start a group or need dresses I would LOVE to talk with you!! God is GREAT!! Email: [email protected]
Dress-a-Girl-Around-the–World (Appleton, Wisconsin)
My name is Sandi . I have lived in the state of Wisconsin most of my life. Late in my husband’s career, he took a new job that took us to Kansas. It was there that I was introduced to Dress a Girl Around the World. I loved to sew dresses with dolls in the pockets for needy little girls. When our first batch of dresses was delivered by a missionary to an orphanage, the missionary returned requesting something for the boys to wear. So, we began to make simple shorts, placing toy cars in the pockets. Shortly after that, we began to sew baby blankets. I became passionate about the ministry. When my husband retired, we moved back to Appleton, Wisconsin, and I was determined to start a DAG group here. I have had donations of sewing machines, fabric, lace, and everything else I needed to start! Some people sew in their own homes, and every Monday we have both a daytime session and an evening session in our home. The ministry takes up our entire basement, and my husband’s three work benches have been transformed into cutting tables! Come visit us sometime! Contact Sandi: [email protected]
Arizona:Phoenix: Rose Anne
1) Bay Area: Suzanne
2)Central Valley: Pat
3) Northern California: Sharon
4) Santa Cruz: Barbara
5) Brentwood: Peggy
6) Arroyo Grande: Pamela
7) Fresno: Charlotte & Claudia
3) Pensacola : Susan
1) East: Jen
2) West: Lynn
3) Maui: Francine
Tinley Park: Diane
1) Nadine and Natalie
1) Headquarters: Rachel
2) Des Moines
1) New Orleans: Tracy
Maryland: Lisa K
Kendra and Gail
Maggie & Cam
Mary Jo/Angels of Mercy
North Dakota: Pam