More lovely dresses have been arriving all week taking our total to well over 3,000 dresses! Amazing.Thank you to everyone who has made a dress or pair of shorts. Hundreds of dresses and shorts have gone off to new homes this month so I thought I would do a little recap to update everyone.
250 dresses were collected by a friend to be shared between projects in Zimbabwe, Pakistan and the Middle East.
36 dresses were taken to a project in Uganda
Gill from Omushana collected another 178 dresses to ship to Uganda. She updated me this week to say that 132 of the dresses will be on a shipment that leaves in December. 70 will be donated to a group called Forest Friends that supports needy children and 62 will be donated to the Hope for Orphans Group that received dresses earlier in the year. Gill will be taking the remaining dresses when she visits other projects in February.
Gill took some dresses earlier in the year that had been made by the lovely staff and customers at Space to Sew in Shrewsbury. Space to Sew have been amazing in their support of 'Dress A Girl' running workshops and teaching people how to make the dresses. They have sent lots of dresses direct to projects abroad including Uganda & Zambia. They even got a local radio presenter making a dress live on air! A huge thanks to Domini and her team. You can read their lovely blog here These are some of the photos from Gills first trip with dresses from Space to Sew. Gorgeous!
50 dresses are being distributed in Haiti in the next few weeks
150 dresses and 76 pairs of shorts are being taken to India next week to be distributed with the help of this charity RideIndia.org
and Maria from Cordial & Grace who hosted the fabulous charity sewing day in Bristol last week has already sent off 20 dresses to Cameroon via Ape Action Africa and 10 dresses to Kenya.
I was also contacted recently by somebody who services old vintage sewing machines who wanted to donate some to projects abroad. I have put them in touch with several of the charities I have worked with previously and hopefully we might even get some vintage sewing machines out to some of these projects too!
Hopefully we should gets lots of photos back soon!!.
Dresses and shorts have arrived from Pam (6 dresses), Claire and her colleagues from Gillingham School in Dorset (22 dresses), Jill (30 dresses & 15 shorts taking her total to a fabulous 345 dresses and shorts!!), Sara (3 pairs of shorts), 25 dresses from the Cordial & Grace Sewing Day, Jackie (4 dresses), John & Sue Sprittles (4 dresses), Dorothy (10 dresses), Sue (2 dresses) Jane (4 dresses) and Guarlford WI (28 dresses). Thanks everyone. They are all gorgeous!
I have a dilemma! The thing I love about the 'Dress A Girl' charity and why I originally got involved is that it doesn't involve money. People can do something practical to help without having to give financially. People have been very kind in sending dresses to me and I can get dresses taken to projects abroad free of charge. The only problem I am having now that the charity is so successful is the cost of transporting the dresses around the UK to the people who take them abroad. A lot of people drive to collect the dresses from me (sometimes driving for several hours to get here!) and I always try to find a way of transporting them without incurring postage costs but sometimes there is just no other option than posting. I have received some small donations previously and some charities have been able to contribute towards the cost of postage which has really helped. But as more and more dresses arrive, I need to think seriously about how this is going to work in the future. So does anyone have any great ideas? Any links to lovely courier companies who might want to help us out? Its not a lot of parcels - a couple a month but they are often heavy!! I really don't want to
fundraise or collect money from people if at all possible. Would love your thoughts.