Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dallas Girl Scouts Turn Pillowcases into Clothing

In Texas, WFAA News 8 reports that North Texas Girl Scouts are on a mission to sew dresses for girls in Africa. Many have never made anything from scratch, let alone a dress.

"We just take the pillow cases and measure it," explained 15-year-old Gabby Gifford.

Gabby is the president of the Girls Advisory Board, and she brought her own sewing machine, as did many of the other Scouts.

The Girl Scouts, from Dallas, are helping the Alpha Xi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority with their initiative to attack global poverty.

Sorority member Donnetta Henry said the organization started the project seven months ago, and so far has 900 dresses.

"The girls in Africa are mostly orphaned by AIDS, and they're in these orphanages," Henry said. "They really don't have enough dresses to wear. This builds self-esteem in the girls. This may be the only dress an African girl gets for the entire year."