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South Dakota Women Sew for Orphans


A stash of fabric, love of sewing, and a desire to help were all combined when 27 women and girls sewed 70 dresses in three days, each with a teddy bear in the pocket and a note with the words to the song “Jesus Loves Me.”

Cindy Heckenlaible was the one who started the project at Peace Christian Reformed Church in Menno, S.D. Heckenlaible donated her stash of fabric. “It was almost all the fabric I had, but God had a purpose for it I didn’t know about,” she said.

When asked why she participated, Linda Brinks answered, “Because we love Jesus and we want to share his love.”

The dresses are distributed to orphanages in Africa through the organization Little Dresses for Africa ( So far more than 35,000 dresses have gone to 10 African countries.

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