A group of six ladies gather in Carol Seibold's alteration shop every Wednesday evening to convert scraps of fabric and donated pillow cases into dresses for little girls in Haiti.
The project began in November, long before the earthquake hit. Carol's sister, a Chicago-area pediatrician, planned a mission trip to provide medical care to orphans in Haiti. Carol decided she could help by sewing dresses - many of the little girls suffered skin conditions and were in need of clean, cotton clothing. Carol's other sister decided to help and others joined in.
Once the earthquake hit, the group realized the need would grow.
So far, the group has made 150 dresses and plan to make at least 100 more before the mission trip - set for February 19th.
While it is difficult to send supplies, the group is packing the dresses tightly so volunteers can carry them with their luggage. Other organizations may also take dresses directly to Haiti in the coming months.
The group is taking donations of cotton pillow cases, extra scraps of fabric, and trim.
Donations can be dropped off at "Alexandra's Alterations" at 416 Hillsboro Avenue, Edwardsville. Or call 618-656-1100.