Mrs. Ana Sullivan and Maddy Sullivan working together on a dress.
A dozen Villanova Preparatory School students and mothers convened on campus Friday, June 22, 2012, to sew dresses for little girls in Africa. Sponsored by the Africa Project club at VPS, the group is undertaking to complete 50 dress to support this worthwhile organization. The group consisted of: Mrs. Stacey Yanez, Haley Yanez, Elle Massar, Mrs. Roxanne Massar, Kylie Obermeier, Mrs. Barbara Obermeier, Elissa Root, Mrs. Mary Cathern Root, Gabriel Orpilla, Mrs. Ana Sullivan, Kierin Sullivan, and Maddy Sullivan.
According to the website (http://www.littledressesforafrica.org/blog) , Little Dresses for Africa is a non-profit 501c3, Christian organization, which provides relief to the children of Africa. Simple dresses are made out of pillow cases, and distributed through the orphanages, churches and schools in Africa to plant in the hearts of little girls that they are worthy!
Maddy Sullivan on why she is doing this,"I have always wanted to be able to be involved with something bigger than myself. I have done service in the past like making blankets for children in the hospital for Project Linus and making baby blankets for Life Network, but I wanted to help someone that maybe does not have the clothes at all. While there is great suffering in America, even the poor have something on their backs. I want to help people who I feel need it the most, and I love making little dresses knowing that it will bring a smile to a young girl!"
The group plans on meeting again in August to reach their goal of 50, as 12 dresses were completed at the first meeting.
Mrs. Sullivan on the result of the day "I'm so proud of Maddy for wanting to do this project. I'm also proud of all the students who were willing to give up the first dress that they have ever made; that is truly a heart of service."