PORTALES (BNM) - Families in need received a total of 47 dresses in Siguatepeque, Honduras. The country is recovering from two hurricanes within the past year. A group of women from New Mexico’s Tri-Area Baptist Association sewed the dresses. The women sent the dresses to missionaries Osmany and Jennifer Hernandez, friends of Melissa Lamb, New Mexico WMU’s president.
Dress a Girl Around the World is a campaign of Hope 4 Women International. The campaign’s slogan says, “Imagine a world where every girl owned at least one dress.” Donna McFadden and Dee Wesson, both from Portales, serve as co-ambassadors for Dress a Girl New Mexico. How does it work? Here is an example. Five women held an all-day sewing party at Milnesand Community Center. They spent the day sewing dresses for little girls, which will they will distribute through Tri-Area Association’s missionary connections.
First Baptist Church, House, partners with Bethel Orphanage in Juarez, Mexico, and asked that dresses be made for the children at the orphanage. Several sewing groups combined to make the dresses, including First Baptist Church, Portales, First Baptist Church, Floyd, Milnesand Quilting Group and Wednesday Crafters from Portales. They created two dresses for each of the 13 girls. During the distribution of dresses at the orphanage, two little boys accepted Christ.
University Church, Portales, has connections with a school in Kibera, Kenya. The church sends money to feed families, over and above its Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. Church member Dyanne Frazier makes a trip from Portales each year, and she will take 25 dresses on her next trip.
McFadden has 80 dresses hanging in her hallway, ready for distribution. The problem right now is COVID. McFadden said, “Many countries are not allowing things shipped in. We are willing to give these dresses to churches with a missionary connection they would like to send them to. We will also provide dresses to go in Operation Christmas Child boxes. The dresses roll up very small and don’t take much room.”
Any church or group that wishes to host a sewing party or help with Dress A Girl New Mexico’s work should contact McFadden at (575) 607-5895. Donations of material or money are accepted. More information, along with patterns and sewing instructions, is available at dressagirlnewmexico.org.