It may have been slightly chaotic, but I had a great time with Mrs. Johnson’s third-graders at Ballard East. We spent some time talking about children in Haiti – (Did you know that only 1% of the children in Haiti graduate from high school and half of the children under age 5 are malnourished?) – Then we worked on some 500 Dresses projects. By the end of our time together, the kids had pinned size labels on about 30 dresses, cut out 3 pairs of shorts, 2 dresses and sewed a couple buttons. They might not have done everything exactly the way I would have done it (I came home with a couple pretty interestly cut pieces of fabric 🙂 ) but my goal was much less about getting a lot done than it was about teaching the kids and giving them an opportunity to do something for someone other than themselves. And I think they enjoyed it.
A HUGE thank-you to Mrs. Johnson for letting me come in and hang out with the kids.
Enjoy the photos!
Here’s a quick glimpse at what’s going on with 500 Dresses.
- Current Dress Tally – My mom has made 110 dresses!! I know others have made some too, but I haven’t received them yet, so they are not in my official tally.
- School Project – I get to sew with a bunch of 9-year-olds. I’ll be working on dresses with Mrs. Johnson’s third-grade class at Ballard East in a couple weeks. Last year her class cut out several pairs of shorts and dresses, and I’m excited to hang out with this year’s class.
- Guest Blog – I was asked to do a guest blog about 500 Dresses at www.floatingleafpress.com, which will post later this month.
- Donations – We have received gener0us donations for shipping and supplies.
- Scripture – I came across this in my reading this week. It’s Paul speaking in reference to what James, Peter and John said he should be doing in his ministry. Galatians 2:10 All they asked was that we should continue to remember the poor, the very thing I was eager to do. Thanks to all of you who have also been eager to serve the poor. You guys are awesome!
(photo entitled Tent City Destruction – courtesy of Mission to Haiti)
Above is a link to a Tropical Storm Isaac update sent out by Mission to Haiti several days ago. The country of Haiti seems to receive more than their share of natural disasters. If you have a desire to give to Mission to Haiti, I know your dollars will be used wisely.