100-Year-Old Woman Sews Over 1,000 Dresses for African Girls
Carrie Dedrick Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2015 Jun 11
A 100-year-old woman from Iowa has made over 1,000 dresses for girls in Africa. Christian Today reports Lillian Weber made a goal to sew 1,000 dresses by her 100th birthday and surpassed the goal, creating 1,051 by May 6.
Weber sews the dresses for Little Dresses for Africa, a Christian organization that sends the garments to 47 African countries and 31 other countries around the world.
Weber’s daughter Linda said that her mother makes each dress unique by adding some kind of embellishment.
“She personalizes all the 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,” she said.
Weber said that she intends to keep sewing dresses as long as she is able.
"It's just one of those things you learn how to do and enjoy. I won't quit. I'll go at it again because there's no reason to not do nothing,” she said.
Little Dresses for Africa honored Weber with a plaque of recognition for her contribution to the organization.
Little Dresses founder Rachel O’Neill said, "There's no age limit to this. Somebody who's 100 years old still putting out this quality with such a positive and inspirational message, it's just been wonderful. Lives are really saved because of these dresses."
Publication date: June 11, 2015