― Henry van Dyke
“Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weaknesses and loneliness of people who are growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and to ask yourself if you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear on their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so that your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thoughts and a garden for your kindly feelings, with the gate open? Are you willing to do these things for a day? Then you are ready to keep Christmas!”
― Henry van Dyke
And wishing everyone PEACE this holiday season. MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone!!
I will not be able to do some sewing for dress sponsorships so in lieu of this to continue to raise money for the construction projects of Pittwater Friends of Soibada in Timor Leste, I will be selling some Christmas handmade items which I made in the last few months and of which I was not able to sell in the Dreamers Markets Christmas market last week due to medical emergency. A portion of the proceeds from any sale will be donated to the Pittwater Friends fundraising.
As of today, I have raised $760.00 from Dress Sponsorships and am aiming for $1000 by the end of December.
Items for sale have been posted with URL links in my facebook page but will be posting same here in my blog sometime today. Here is the link to the facebook album -
If there is anything you like, please make a purchase. Proceeds go to a very worthwhile cause. Any questions regarding any of the items and/or donations made to Pittwater Friends if a sale is made, a spreadsheet will be made available so everything is transparent to everyone or you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you.
The deadline last week closes the acceptance of any dress donations for the year. Due to an unforeseen medical emergency, I will not be accepting any dress donations so please do not send any more dresses and/or parcels until further advised. I will try my best to make sure all dresses are distributed as planned and all pictures from the distributions that will be available will be posted here. My heartfelt thank you to everyone who supported this campaign during the year 2015. It is very much appreciated. Thank you.
This Friday is the first cut-off date for dresses to be distributed in December. Can I PLEASE remind everyone to PLEASE follow the guidelines in making dresses especially when it comes to fabric materials to use. If you can see your hand through the fabric then it is either you put a lining or not use the fabric to make a dress at all. Thank you.
This month is National Sewing Month in the US and perhaps in Australia as well and is a good time to sew and share. Good time to make a difference in this world through sewing. If you are not into sewing or do not have the time to sew, let someone do the sewing for you through Dress A Girl Australia's Dress Sponsorship program and help make a difference to the lives of the people in the community of Soibada Timor Leste. For more information and how to sponsor, please click on the link below - Help spread the word around and thank you.
Just a friendly reminder on projects currently going on.
1) Dress Distribution #88/1B - 09/2015 - CDO Project Cabaraban - Due in my postbox on Thursday,10th of Sept 2015. There is a limit of maximum of 5 dresses per individual and/or 20 dresses for a group only. Dress sizes between the ages of 6 to 12.
2) Distribution #91/1A - 10/2015 - Project Soibada Timor Leste - Due in my postbox on Wednesday, 30th of September. Number of dresses to donate is what you think is fair to donate. Dress sizes should be between the ages of 6 to 12 and preferably with sleeves.
For more information, please make a comment here or send an email to email@example.com. Thank you.
I finally found and bought the annual issue of the magazine "Decorative Country Threads" which featured the Dress A Girl Around the World campaign. This article was a big surprise for me as I had no idea about its publication. Thank you to Stephanie Harrison for publishing the article and the kind words about the campaign. To view and read the article, please click on the 'Lend a Helping Hand' title below -
Sharing with you a feedback I have received from the group in the Philippines who does distributions in my behalf (posted in my facebook page 7-Jul-2015) -
Project Uganda and Cambodia(Phnom Penh) are now closed. Please make sure the dresses are in my postbox by Friday, 3rd of July 2015. There will be no extensions to the deadlines. Thank you for your understanding.
Just a quick update on the remaining active project collections and due dates for the first half of the year 2015 -
1) Distribution #95 - Project Uganda Parcel #1 - End Date - 30-Jun-2015.
Dress sizes between 6 to 12 and rules on quality need to be strictly followed.
These dresses are washed in hard and rugged environment. A maximum of 3
dresses per donor only for this particular collection.
2) Distribution #97 - Project Cambodia (Phnom Penh) - End Date - 30-Jun-2015.
The dresses on this collection will require sleeves so no pillowcase style of dresses
will be accepted and rules on quality need to be strictly followed. Sizes should be
between 8-12 as these will be distributed to school-aged kids. Maximum number
of dresses that can be donated is 5 dresses only.
All donations need to have a proper name and email address included in the parcel before it can be included in the distribution. This is to avoid inconveniences.
For questions and concerns, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
** Special Notes to Consider on Quality of Dresses **
1) If you can see your hand through the fabric material, then that means you are not using the right material to make a dress. The dresses that we make are supposed to make the girl wearing it more decent so please bear this mind when sewing a dress. We should be making dresses that the girls can outgrow and last longer for this could be the only dress they get to own and wear.
2) If you are using ribbons, make sure they are real ribbons and not ribbons being used to wrap gifts or presents. I have no time to sort dresses let alone repair them so any dresses which uses ribbons that I think will not last for more than a day will not be included in any of the distributions.
Project Vietnam (Distribution #93) and Project Philippines for School-aged kids (Distribution #94) is now officially closed. For those who were planning to contribute to these projects, please make sure your parcels are posted asap to make it to the end of this month's send off to the locations. Thank you.