Heads-up to everyone who are intending to donate dresses and others and posting them soon - I will be away most of the month of July and there will be no parcel pickups from the postoffice. Please do not post parcels after the 30th of June so as not to clogged the Casula postoffice with Dress A GIrl Australia parcels. They have a very small space at the back. You may post parcels again starting 1st of August. By the time they get delivered to P.O.Box 240 I should be back for parcel pickups. Thank you.
After posting 3 more parcels (2 last Monday and 1 today) as of today for the year 2014 - 1492 dresses, 325 pairs of boys shorts, 153 t-shirts and 67 quilts have been distributed around the world. Thanks everyone and a special thank you to those who contributed (you know who you are) and helped a lot in making these distributions more possible ! Much appreciated.
As more and more are sewing dresses to support this campaign now I understand why I have to post reminders every now and then. These days I spend so much time sorting, packing and raising money to be able to send dresses to different locations around the world I no longer can find the time to sew so dresses donated to this cause are always accepted and received with heartfelt gratitude. I started this cause not knowing that I would be getting a lot of support and donors from the community especially that I am just an average person working full-time to earn a living(an unknown but always find ways to enjoy life) trying to make a difference. I do not know any big names or big organizations to support my character, reputation and my work and this is the reason why I feel more determined to make it right and be more successful. I want to be able to sing happily or listen to music while doing the tasks of sorting and packing and not getting cranky because I see another dress that does not seem right.
So here are some simple things to bear in mind especially for those who are thinking of joining this campaign. These are simple things that will save all of us a lot of time, money and effort (whether you are a dress donor or a distribution volunteer) and makes a big impact on the quality of this cause I have started thus making it more successful and thereby avoiding inconveniences.
If anyone thinks these rules or tips are too much to follow or I do not have the right to put these in place, then it is up to you to decide whether you want to join or support this campaign. At the end of the day (and after sorting and packing 1,400+ dresses the past 4 weeks), these rules prevail. If the aim is to help make a difference, then let us do it right.
1) If you are sewing dresses to donate, please make sure that you are using the right kind of fabric material. Fabric materials should not be the thin or flimsy type, must be able to withstand washing in rugged environments. Cotton fabrics are highly recommended.
2) Avoid using fabrics that require linings. If the material requires a lining that means it is not strong enough to withstand washing in rugged environments. Also dresses with linings are double the weight of dresses without lining. Instead of sending 2 dresses I can only send 1. Please be more understanding of the weight of the dresses that you donate.
3) If you are using ribbons, please use the grained type of ribbon and make sure it is long enough to tie. The same goes with bias tapes if you are using this for pillowcase style of dresses. Please be generous with the length to make the dress wearable.
4) If you are using ribbons, make sure that you run a few stitches at the point where they need to end in the neckline area (near the armpit) to make sure that they do not get detached from the dress. The dress will not become wearable without the ribbons.
5) No second-hand or used clothing. There are some locations that are very strict in letting in second-hand or used items. Please do not waste your time and money for postage in sending used clothing. Used clothings will not be included in any of the distributions. This rule is also in fairness to all the ladies who find the time to sew.
6) No repairs will be made to dresses donated that I think do not meet the standard. They will not be included in any of the distributions. We want to see the dress worn by the child for as long as it can be worn and not just a one-day wear. Remember, for some, this could be the only dress that they get to wear and call their own for a long period of time.
*** Please always provide your email address (write it on a piece of paper and include in your parcel) so if there is a problem with any of the dresses you sent I can get in touch with you. ***
7) At this time and until further advised I am not accepting donations that are wearable only for the cold and/or winter seasons. I have no space in my house nor in my garage (which is full) to keep these donations for next year’s distributions.
Thank you and thank you for your understanding.
I just finished or about to finish distributing about 1,400 dresses or 1,412 dresses to be exact, 289 pairs of shorts for boys, 153 t-shirts and 59 quilts. Unless it is really necessary or I can find volunteers to handcarry them for me, the next bulk distribution will happen towards the end of the year between December-January-February 2015. All dresses received from the 1st of June (2 weeks ago) and future dresses received will be distributed on this timeframe.
Please be guided by this information to avoid inconveniences. I would like to take a rest as well from the sorting, packing and sending of dresses and spend some time on sewing, crafting and raising money for the Dress A Girl Australia well for the community of Kalagi Uganda...a personal goal that I set and want to achieve for myself this year.
As I will be away most of the month in July, I will be running two charity drives sometime in August one of which is for school supplies for my school starter kits for next year's distribution for the streetkids of Metro Manila Philippines. I still am undecided on the second drive but for sure you will be hearing from me about this and I still would be very active blogging about the activities of Dress A Girl Australia...just no distributions.
I will still be picking up parcels regularly for those who will still be donating dresses and as they are received, they will be formally acknowledged but put on hold from distribution.
Thank you and thank you for your understanding.