It takes a lot of work and dedication to make a dress per day. Even more so, when said dresses are made for children in need. 99-year-old Lillian Weber made a dress from scratch each day for the past years to brighten up a poor child’s life. So far she has made 840 for Little Dresses for Africa, a Christian nonprofit that distributes dresses to young girls in Africa. The 99-year-old woman hopes to reach her goal of 1.000 dresses by the time she reaches 100 years. Lillian Weber, who lives in Iowa, starts a dress every single morning and has it finished in the afternoon, after taking a midday break. “It is just what I like to do,” 99-year-old Weber explained earlier this year. The woman takes great care in making every dress special.
“She personalizes them all,” Weber’s daughter, Linda, said talking about the woman’s dresses. “It’s not like good enough that she makes the dresses, she has to put something on the front to make it look special, to give it her touch.”
The 99-year-old woman started sewing her dresses in 2011. At that time a group of women – all older than 80 – came together to support the organization. Little Dresses for America distributes clothes for orphanages, churches and schools in Africa. Their goal is to provide clothing for some of the world’s most vulnerable children and “to plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy.”
So far the organization has managed to gather more than 2.5 million dresses. They have all been distributed to more than 47 countries in Africa. Some of the dresses have also been sent to children in need from Haiti, Honduras, Thailand, Mexico and parts of the United States.
What do you think of these admirable 99-year-old woman’s work?