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Charlotte Observer

2287 days ago   Article ID# 575897
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Little Dresses for Africa

CHARLOTTE , NORTH CAROLINA (Charlotte Observer) - When Gail Moss saw Rachel O'Neill on a PBS television quilting show talking about sewing dresses for children in Africa, she knew she wanted to help.

"It just hit me, and I felt like God wanted me to do this," Moss said.

O'Neill founded the nonprofit organization Little Dresses for Africa after the Michigan resident went on a mission trip to Uganda and Kenya in 2005.

Moss, who grew up in Rock Hill, began sewing when she was 14. Now a grandmother with seven grandchildren, she said she took up quilting in 1999 when her children and grandchildren no longer wanted to wear "homemade" clothes.

"I found something that I really liked and started quilting," she said. But about two months ago, she began sewing children's clothes again to help children in Africa.

"I started with my little splinter group, the Material Girls, then got some other women interested," Moss said. The Material Girls are part of the York County Quilters guild, which has about 160 members, according to Moss.

On June 15, about 30 members of the York County Quilters gathered at Covenant Presbyterian Church to spend the day sewing dresses and britches for children across the continent of Africa.

Moss has collected 66 dresses that were stitched or begun that day and expects a few more to trickle in before she mails a box to Michigan, where they will be sorted and forwarded to Africa.

Little Dresses for Africa began with a sewing pattern creating the dresses from pillowcases, but most of the local quilters use their extensive fabric collections to sew a simple dress pattern. Boys shorts are also collected and sent. Moss has seven pairs of shorts to include in her shipment.

York County Quilters meet the third Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Chandler Place in Rock Hill. To find out more about the group, visit www.yorkcountyquilters.org.

For more information about Little Dresses for Africa, visit www.littledressesforafrica.org.

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Updated 2287 days ago   Article ID# 575897

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