I can’t even blame this mess on my boys. 🙂
This is what my spare room looks like with 100 sundresses, 68 pairs of shorts, 21 formal gowns, 6 sewing machines, 5 flower girl dresses 4 mother of the bride dresses and 3 bridal gowns in the midst of being packed.
Sometime next week this chaos will turn into four filled cardboard boxes. 🙂
We usually ship these boxes via UPS down to Miami where they hop on a ship to Haiti. To get one 40(ish) pound box from Huxley, Iowa to Port au Prince, Haiti costs approximately $160. To get four there? $640.
We have been blessed by people who send money for shipping. And we always have enough. Always.
Well, this time around, something very cool is happening. We are going to take these boxes to Sheldon, Iowa, where they will join a truckload of building supplies en route to Miami. Free of charge. Did you hear that? FREE OF CHARGE. And what is even cooler is that we have had 3 people offer to take these boxes to Sheldon for us. Wowzers.
That there is saving us at least $320 my friends. (We will still make a donation to Mission to Haiti to cover the cost of getting the boxes from Miami to Haiti.)
If I ever need reminded of God’s provision, all I have to do is read through the stories of what he has done with 500 Dresses.
Seriously. God provides. Always. Period.
(Thanks to all of you for providing too. It’s awesome. Really it is.)
Here’s a sampling of the formal dresses that will be headed to Haiti in October.
And an update on where we stand.
Mother-of-the-Bride dresses – 4
Wedding gowns – 3
Formal Gowns – 18
Flowergirl – 4
Sundresses – 63
Shorts – 9
Sewing Machines – 6 (We actually have a few more, but will be sending 6 this time around.)
DEADLINE For this shipment – October 1.
Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right,‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
When I was a little girl I used to like to try on the fancy dresses that my seamstress mom made or altered for pretty much every bride or prom goer within a 100 mile radius of Britt, Iowa. I’d pretend I was heading off to a formal dance or getting ready for my wedding. (Shhh, don’t tell anyone…I’m pretty sure mom’s customers don’t know I modeled their dresses in front of my full length mirror.)
I currently prefer jeans and flips-flops to frills and lace, but I do like to look at pretty dresses. I thought you might too. We recently received these two beautiful dresses to send to Dorcas Ministry Shop in Port au Prince. Enjoy the photos 🙂
A beautiful gown hanging in the back of your closet may be just what a Haitian bride is searching for. If you get it to us, we’ll get it to Haiti.
What we’ve got so far :
27 Sundresses ~ 4 Mother-of-the-Bride dresses ~ 5 Formal gowns
Would you consider adding a thing or two to your Christmas shopping list this year? Maybe you could squeeze one of the following items somewhere between the xbox, the Under Armour hoodie and the astronaut ice-cream. . . Oh, wait. That’s my list.
1. Soft Velcro (for cloth diapers) – The women have begun making cloth diapers to sell,and they need soft velcro to go against that little Haitian baby skin.
2. Mother-of-the-Bride type of dresses (all sizes) – Though most of the formal gowns at Dorcas Ministry Shop are rentals, the mother of the bride always purchases her dress, so they need extra stock.
3. Flower Girl Dresses – Do you have one of these hanging in your closet somewhere? We’d be happy to take it off your hands.
4.Fabric for making flower girl dresses and fabric bouquets. – The women have the talent to sew these items, but they need supplies. Maybe you have some fancy fabric in your stash that you’d like to give to a good cause.
5. Needles and Thread
(We will also continue taking your formal gowns, and sundresses and shorts.)
Thanks for thinking of Haiti this Christmastime.
It is fun to send little sundresses and shorts to Haiti, but I have to say the “girly-girl” part of me has loved this formal dress project. You guys have donated a bunch of beautiful dresses! And I had some fabulous supermodels (who shall remain nameless) pose in some of the gowns for me.
Esther said she is very excited to get the dresses and that Dorcas Ministries has 8 rentals scheduled for August. Thanks so much to all of you who have donated dresses. What you consider a small act of kindness will help a Haitian mom (who is really not much different than you,) put food on the table.
PS – I’ll still take your gowns and save them for the next shipment.
We’ve got 19 formal dresses ready to ship to Haiti with more on the way! Fancy dresses are not a common item in our household, so I’ve been having a lot of fun checking out all of the donations.
When I was little I always tried on the gowns my mom altered and wondered about the Prince Charming who would take me to prom. Turns out my Prince Charming didn’t arrive until long after my prom years were over. But he was well worth the wait 🙂
I have not been trying on these dresses, but the high school gals who come over on Monday nights have been. They are such good sports letting me take photos of them in the dresses so I can email pictures to Esther and give her a heads up of what I’m shipping in the big brown box.
I’m taking dresses until August 15 if you have any you want to donate.