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Join a sewing bee, save a child

Children in a remote village in central Uganda wear clothing sewn by members of Soroptimists of Grass Valley and other volunteers. According to organizers of the sewing effort, sex-traffickers are less likely to approach a child that appears well dressed and cared for.
Submitted by Lynn Mehren-Costa

Soroptimists of Grass Valley once again are creating simple dresses and shorts for the “Dress A Girl Around The World” and “Dress A Dude” projects. The organizations assert that sex-traffickers are discouraged from kidnapping young children when they see them dressed in a garment that someone has lovingly sewn for them, sending the message that someone watches over them and cares for them.

Soroptimists International is the world’s largest women’s service organization, with clubs in almost every country across the globe. This past Fall Soroptimists of Grass Valley gathered dresses and shorts sewn by people predominantly in Nevada County and presented them to three separate organizations to take on their mission trips. A total of 300 dresses and 300 short sets (shorts and a T-shirt) were taken to central Uganda and handed out to young children in three different remote villages. Fifty were presented to the HEART organization in Kenya and another 25 went to Southern Kenya. To date, Soroptimists of Grass Valley has handed out more than 1,000 dresses to girls all over the world.

The organization is having their next “sewing bee” event from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 13 at Calvary Bible Church on Highway 174, near Union Hill School. It will be in the gym on the left side of the building. Light snacks will be provided. Participants are asked to bring their own machine and accessories needed to sew. Dress and shorts “ready-to- sew kits” have been made up and are available. Sewers can work with the group or pick up your kits to take home to sew. The goal, once again, is to take another 300 for each gender to Uganda in January of 2020.



Anyone with extra pieces of 100% cotton fabric (even scraps) can drop off items on Saturday, or contact Soroptimists of Grass Valley. But the club also needs more sewers. For more information, email sigrassvalley@gmail.com or contact Lynn Mehren-Costa at classiccosta@yahoo.com.


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