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Dresses make way to Africa

Published: Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST
Girls in Uganda displayed some of the 520 dresses created in 2012 by women at St. Patrick Church in Maytown and other volunteers. The clothes, with 92 pairs of pants for boys, were created as a project for Lent. Photo submitted by Marilyn Weeks.

MAYTOWN – Volunteers can help to sew dresses for girls and pants for boys in Uganda during a Lenten project at St. Patrick Church, 1336 Maytown Road.

This marks the third year for the program. In 2012, 520 dresses and 92 pairs of pants were sent to Uganda. Dresses were given to each girl in a village. Leftover dresses were given to girls in Kampala, Uganda’s capital. In 2011, 107 dresses and 18 pairs of pants were sent with a missionary team from a Princeton church.

Volunteers will meet periodically at 9 a.m. Wednesdays, starting Feb. 20, at the parish hall next to the church. Many women also sew at home.

For this year, 117 dresses already have been completed to send with the next mission team.

Call Marilyn Weeks at 815-638-2202, Mary Ann Cardot at 815-849-5911, or Joann Burke at 815-849-5517 for a dress pattern or more information.

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