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Williamsport Homeschoolers Make Dresses for African Girls

Story by Lisa Shockley

Scissors snipped and sewing machines whirred as the senior class, grades 4-12, of the Home Sweet Home School Co-op, based at the Williamsport (Md.) church, created dresses this past spring to support a program called Little Dresses for Africa.

Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit 501c3, Christian-based organization, which provides relief to the children in Africa. Simple dresses are made out of pillowcases and distributed through the orphanages, churches and schools in Africa to show little girls that they are worthy!

Some of the dresses were made out of the traditional pillowcase pattern, and others were made from scratch using a simple pattern, but all were sewn with love by children for children. “Our group made more than 30 dresses for this project,” said parent Donna Godlove.

Senior class member Katie Shockey said, “It’s a really good feeling to know that a girl who didn’t have hardly any clothes before will have a pretty dress to wear now, and she'll know that someone made it just for her.”
The Home Sweet Home School Co-op is a support group for Seventh-day Adventist homeschooled students and their families in the Hagerstown, Md.-area. For more information on the project, visit