Richmond ladies transform pillowcases for a purpose

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - There are all kinds of ways to help someone in need, like donating money or preparing a home-cooked meal. However, one Richmond church has found a unique way to help others - through pillowcases and T-shirts.

It isn't a sewing club, but the missionaries of Second Baptist Church in Richmond like to sew.

They meet once a month to put their nimble fingers and feet to work.

"This is what God would want us to do," said Louise McQueen.

The ladies sew for a special purpose. They take pillowcases and T-shirts, and through a little stitching, cutting, and gathering, create colorful little dresses for girls in other countries.

"We did 52 last year. We're trying to do as many as 52 or more this year," said McQueen.

"Clothing is so important, and we take that for granted because it's so available to us. In other countries, it's not so available," said Jean Hill.

This is why they decided to start this project.

They got the idea from the Lott Carey Foreign Mission Convention, which helps churches spread Christianity all over the world.

So, every March, these ladies begin dedicating their spare time to turning everyday items into fashionable frocks.Their sewing machines barely get a break until December when they ship off their creations to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

The group never runs out of sewing materials, thanks to donations from the church's congregation as well as community members.

They even have a willing model to test them out: 3-year-old Shanai.

"We even had one person who wanted to buy one. They thought they were for sale," said McQueen.

However, the ladies say this project is not about making money. It's about making an impact on the world.

"It's about helping someone else, and making every stitch a true labor of love," said Hill.

The group hopes to send at least 100 dresses to Haiti in the future.

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