Dress a Girl Around the World

  Imagine a world where every girl owned at least one dress

U.S. Ambassadors

Meet Our U.S. Ambassadors

 Missy
 Alabama

Creating is about you being you and God being God and as you create those two come together because we are sharing in our “likeness.” Gen. 1:27

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!!!

Missy Sheffield

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Carol 

Tucson, AZ

My mom taught me to sew as a child, and I made most of my clothes until I became a nurse, wife and mother of 4 handsome boys - my "mighty men."  My sewing was limited to curtains, attaching Boy Scout Merit badges, Halloween costumes, and pajamas!  I now have the joy of sewing with eyelet, lace and girly pink fabrics, and exploring the clearance racks for cute t-shirts in the girl's department!  I am so excited to know that something so fun can bless little girls.  Besides sewing, I also love to swim, garden and scrapbook."

 Email: [email protected]


Suzanne

Bay Area Ca 


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 were married last month! Isn't God simply FULL of surprises??!

Email:  [email protected]


Pat

Central Valley, CA


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]


 Barbara 

Santa Cruz CA


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]


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Peggy 

Precious Threads Brentwood CA


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]
 

Jan 

Southern CA


My mother taught me to sew when I was 11. She made so many of our clothes growing up. Although I was not as ambitious with my own children, I always had a project I was working on.

Awhile ago a friend approached me about heading up a sewing weekend for our church's "weekend of service".  She had heard about Dress A Girl Around the world and asked if I would look into it. I connected with Karen Adams, the Dress A Girl Ambassador for Southern California, and the rest is history. Karen has since moved from the area and I am happy to be the new ambassador.  I have been picking up dresses, storing dresses and delivering dresses. It is wonderful to be part of this organization. At first hundreds and now thousands of dresses are going through my house and out to countries all over the world.

To be able to use my abilities in this very simple yet needed way has really created a sense of purpose at this stage in life.

Email:  [email protected]

Kendra                                                  Massachusetts/
Rhode Island Border

Hi!  I'm Kendra and live on the MA / RI border.  I am blessed to be a part of this ministry to serve others and the Lord.  I have been in the technology field for over 25 years and recently changed jobs, which has allowed me to spend more time pursuing opportunities to serve.  I am active in our local church in the Toddler ministry, Gifted Ladies and Cleaning Crew.  I am also a grandmother to five boys, so sewing dresses for little girls in a pleasure I don't often get to indulge in.
email: [email protected]

Connie 
North Carolina

I began sewing  for Dress a Girl in 2011. When I retired in 2012 as a Hospice social worker,I wondered how God would lead me to fill my days. I soon realized that I wanted to be part of Dress a girl around the world & it's worthwhile ministries.
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.
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Toki--Duke 

University-NC


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.

Faith

SC


I learned to sew at a very early age.  My Mom sewed for us when we were young, and then I used to sew for my girls also.  I married my childhood sweetheart almost 17 years ago.  We have 3 girls and 1 boy.  I learned about Dress A Girl a few years ago when my husband and I were planning a mission trip to Guatemala.  We took dresses with us during that trip.  On that trip that we felt God calling us to work in Guatemala, so we took our children with us the next year, along with another 100 dresses!  The joy that is brought to a girl when you hand them a dress is not like any other feeling I have ever had before. 

I currently work at our church as the Children's Coordinator and also the Mission's Coordinator.  My pastor told me he wanted me to get our Senior Adults involved in some sort of mission project, so I thought what better ministry than sewing dresses for girls around the world!  Since becoming Ambassador, the donations have started to pouring in.  God is richly blessing this ministry.  I am already seeing it!  Email:  [email protected]


Maria
Southern CO
 
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]

  

Holly 
Jacksonville, FL

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]

Dress a Girl Orlando!

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]


Susan 

Pensacola, FL


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]


Marti 

GA


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
912-427-4588
Store Hours:
Monday - Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday - Closed


Jen

East HI


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]


Lynn 

West HI


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]


Sidney

IL


I became involved with Dress A Girl after seeing the pictures of the Ugandan children on a friend's Facebook page. That inspired me to organize a group of women in northern Illinois for our first sew-fest in my home shortly after the quake in Haiti. We didn't know what we were doing but we had fun doing it!  Our goal was 50 dresses...we made 127 and sent them with the Reliv Kalogris Foundation feeding program to the children there. Our sewing group is 30+ and the generosity of our church and others has allowed us to send dresses,"undies", bracelets and dolls to well over 500 children in Uganda, Columbia, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Peru as well as Appalachia, Kentucky, South Dakota and New Mexico.
We would love to have you join us, donate material, or carry dresses abroad! For more information please contact Sidney at 866-730-1877 
Email:  [email protected]


Diane 

Tinley Park, IL


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. 

[email protected]

 

Nadine & Natalie 

IN


Nadine Saunders:

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!

Natalie Lantz:

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]


Christy 
Southern IN

 I am a stay at home Wife and Mother of 4. I homeschool our 3 girls and take care of our baby boy. I started sewing when my first daughter was born. Sewing little girls clothes has always been near and dear to my heart. I have had different business ideas from selling bows to clothes to dolls and then photography props. None of which fulfilled me. I have always wanted to be a missionary but I having a family made that seem impossible. This is the next best thing. A way to teach my children to have a giving heart. A way to give to others in need, pray for them and have hope for them. I have prayed many times for God to lead me in the direction I need to go. I'm so excited to start a new adventure! This one will be much more fun and fulfilling for me!
Email: [email protected]

Donna
Iowa

I started sewing in Junior high school. I was never a fabulous seamstress but made curtains, simple clothes and projects of all kinds. I hadn't sewn in years but I became involved in Dress a Girl in Rochester NY. It was part of an organization called Angels of Mercy which addresses the abuse & trafficking of women. They started making dresses for DAG about 7 years ago. I loved the idea and joined in the group.
 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!
[email protected]

Donna

KS


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!

Visit Donna's Blog here.    Email:  [email protected]


Susan
LA

I am Susan and live in Covington, LA with my husband Gary and two children Abby, 13 and Sophie 10.  I have been sewing since I was 14 years old and still enjoy it.  I am very excited to be apart of Dress a Girl around the World and to be able to offer my gift of sewing. God has blessed me in so many ways, that I am so glad that I can give back. I own Create a Trip Travel Agency of 20 years and work as a Real Estate Agent. I also am Louisiana State Classic Queen and Miss Heart of the USA Mrs. Division title holder and proud to have Dress a Girl around the World as my Platform.

Tracy 

LA


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]

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Lisa K

MD


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]


Jackie

Southern Maine & New Hampshire


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]


Erin 
Michigan

My name is Erin Davis. I'm a small town, Midwestern girl with a passion for Jesus. I was taught to sew by my mother at a young age and enjoy crafting in many different ways. My mother in law introduced me to this organization and I was instantly in love! It gave me a way to craft AND show Jesus's love to girls around the world. I went with her to my first sew-a-thon with her group in northern California and sewed my first dress. I knew then that I could bring it back home to Michigan and get others involved. I currently coordinate a girls ministry at my church and we have decided to partner together in this mission. I'm excited to help young girls here in Michigan give back to girls their own age all over the globe!
Email me: [email protected]

Kitty 

MN


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]


Candice 

MO


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]

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Liesel 
Nebraska

My name is Liesel Classen. I am a stay at home mom with a passion for all things sewing and creating. I've been married to my husband Todd for 19 years and we have 2 children.  We have an 11 year old son and a 8 year old daughter. They both are active little people and keep me on my feet!  I've lived in Nebraska all my life.
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]


Kay 
Nevada


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] 


Michelle 
Philadelphia Area Students

My name is Michelle and I am currently a graphic design student at Drexel University in Philadelphia, but my family and home are in Torrance, California!
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]!


Renita
Pennsylvania

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
http://www.etownsewingstudio.com/dress-a-girl
Renita

Angels of Mercy

New York


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."

Email:  [email protected]     Website


Jacquie
New Jersey

As Mother Teresa said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can all do small things with great love.”
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]

Pam

ND

 

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.  

I 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]


Katie and Cathy 

Ohio


We learned about Dress A Girl at church in one of those moments where a sunbeam bursts through the ceiling accompanied by a choir of angels.  We had been looking for a service project that exercised our skills and this was it.  I’ve been sewing since I was a young teen, dressed all five of my kids and made enough prom dresses and costumes to fill a retail store.  Katie has always been called to help kids less fortunate, but hadn’t yet found something she could do around her job, three young children and husband.  We’re so excited about making dresses as well as working on new connections between the lovely ladies sewing dresses and the missionaries who can deliver them where they’re needed.  Two of my daughters are now sewing, a skill I failed to foster in them when they were growing up.  Another helps provide us with fabric and ribbon.  Already this program has blessed our family.  

Email:  [email protected]


Cathy 

Dallas/Ft Worth,  TX


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]


Renee

Houston, TX


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]


Betsy     
Nacona, Texas.

I live in a tiny town in North Texas a short distance from the Red River. A dear friend started a DAG group in Gainesville and we decided to expand westward. We are one group with two meeting places. We sew dresses in Nocona, TX on the first and third Monday every month. A lady in our group has started using the small scraps to make lap quilts for a local nursing home. God is blessing people exponentially through Dress a Girl.
Email Me: [email protected]
Join us on FaceBook! https://www.facebook.com/groups/416997398660687/

Laura 

West Columbia TX


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]


Pam
Midland, TX

Hi! I am Pam Young and I live in Midland, TX with my husband. I am a retired public school teacher for two years now, but I still tutor in Spanish and French, as well as teaching Sunday school.  After visiting my brother in California, I learned about Dress a Girl. Since then, I have worked with Barbara Taylor in Santa Cruz, making dresses from the kits she put together and mailing them back. I have decided to step out in faith and become an ambassador in Texas. I had two sons, so I never had a chance to sew all the cute things that girls can wear. Even though I have two granddaughters, there are girls around the world that need dresses more than they do, since they both have at least enough dresses to wear a different one each day of the week. Please help make a difference in the lives of the girls and women who are not as fortunate as my granddaughters. To contact me, you can e-mail me at [email protected]

Sandi 

Wisconsin


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]


Ambassador's  List



Alabama:

  
[email protected]

Arizona:

Headquarters: Rachel

[email protected]

 

Tucson:  Carol

[email protected] 

   


California:

1) Bay Area:  Suzanne

 [email protected]    


2)Central Valley: Pat

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3) Northern California:   Sharon

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4) Santa Cruz:  Barbara

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5) Brentwood:  Peggy

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6) Southern California:   Jan

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North Carolina:  Connie

[email protected]

  

South Carolina:

[email protected]


Colorado:

1) Northern Colorado:  Patti

[email protected]


2) Southern Colorado:  Maria

 [email protected]

 



Florida:

 1) Jacksonville: 
[email protected]

  2)  Orlando: 

[email protected]

  3)  Pensacola : Susan

[email protected]


Georgia:

1)  Marti
[email protected]

 


Hawaii:

1) East Hawaii: Jen

[email protected]

2) West Hawaii: Lynn

[email protected]

   

Illinois:

 1) Chicago:  Sidney

[email protected]

Tinley Park:  Diane

[email protected]


Indiana:

1)  Nadine and Natalie

[email protected]

2)  Christy

 [email protected]


Iowa: Des Moines area

Donna

[email protected]


Kansas:   Donna

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Louisiana:

1)  New Orleans:  Tracy

  [email protected]

2)  Susan

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Maryland:   Lisa K

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Maine:  Jackie

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Massachusetts/RI boarder

Kendra
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Michigan: Erin

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Minnesota:  Kitty

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Missouri:  

1)   Candyce 

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Nebraska:
Liesel
[email protected]

Nevada:  Kay

[email protected]

New Jersey:

Jacquie

[email protected]


New York:

Rochester:   Angels of Mercy

  [email protected]


North Dakota:   Pam

[email protected]


Ohio:  Katie and Cathy 

[email protected]


Oklahoma:  Kelly

[email protected]


Pennsylvania: Renita

[email protected]




Texas:

1)   Dallas/Fort Worth:  Cathy

[email protected]

 2) Houston:  Rhnee 

[email protected]

3) West Columbia:   Laura

[email protected]

4)  Midland, Texas:  Pam

[email protected]


5) Nacona, Texas: Betsy

[email protected]


Wisconsin:  Sandi

[email protected]