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Locally-made dresses help needy

When Newton Girl Scout Troop 641 made dresses last spring for the non-profit group “Little Dresses for Africa,” they thought it would be a nice way to earn a badge and help people. They never thought they would have the opportunity to see how their efforts affected these orphans from Africa first-hand.

Tarrita Spicer, Girl Services Manager for Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa, sent a message to Girl Scout troop leaders in the fall of 2009 explaining the program for those who might be interested in helping. Seeing an opportunity for a great service project for Newton Troop 641 and a way for the girls to learn sewing skills, leader Charity Noe enlisted the help of local seamstress, Connie Horstman, to help the troop make 12 dresses for the program.

Following directions from the Little Dresses for Africa website, the girls used pillowcases to sew simple, colorful dresses and sent them off to the non-profit group with a note hoping their friends in Africa enjoyed the dresses.

Later in 2010, Tarrita Spicer joined the non-profit group on a mission trip to Malawi and brought back pictures of the smiling faces of these grateful little girls.

“What an amazing opportunity for our girls to see first-hand the impact of their efforts on those less fortunate,” Noe said. “We thank Tarrita for bringing this project to us and giving us the rare opportunity to see how our efforts impact others.”

To learn more about Little Dresses for Africa, see their website at www.littledressesforafrica.org .

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