Remember the last time you got a new dress? It didn’t matter if it was fancy or simple. All that mattered was the way it made you feel when you put it on. Pretty, feminine, and, dare we say, girly. But there are many girls of all ages around the world that may never have that experience. Many who will only receive hand me downs from older siblings or maybe too-large or battered clothing. Girls who may never know what it feels to get a new dress.
Dress A Girl Around the World looks to change that. They believe that every girl should have at least one new dress in their lifetime and to pass on the message that they are worthy of respect. Since 2008, Dress A Girl Around the World has distributed over 500,000 handmade dresses to girls in 82 countries, including communities in the United States. Thousands of girls in need and at risk of human traffickers or sexual predators have been empowered by the fact that someone out there thinks they are worth giving a new dress to.
Discount Fabric Warehouse wants to be a part of that. We are working with the East and West Hawaii Ambassadors for Dress A Girl Around the World to collect completed handmade dresses that will be distributed by DAG to girls around the world.
How can you help? By creating a simple sundress for donation. Instructions, as well as tips, tricks, and guidelines, on how to make a dress can be found on the Dress A Girl website. While they appreciate any donation that comes through, there are guidelines that they would like dresses to follow so that they are appropriate for girls all over the world as well as last a long time.
Drop off your completed dress at any of our Discount Fabric Warehouse locations. They’ll be asking for your name and either a phone number or e-mail where you can be contacted. A Dress A Girl Around the World label will be added to the dresses before they are sent to the national headquarters for distribution. Anyone who donates an acceptable dress (it must meet guidelines set by Dress A Girl Around the World) will be entered into a drawing to win some amazing prizes, including DFW gift cards or other sewing-related items at the end of the donation drive.
Unable to donate a dress? There are other ways for you to contribute!
For those at any Discount Fabric Warehouse location, you can also give a monetary donation. We will add your donation to a gift card which our local Dress A Girl ambassadors can use towards purchasing fabric, bias tape, and other materials needed to make additional dresses. Your name and mailing address will be requested so that they can send you a letter thanking you for your tax-deductible donation.
Our Hilo and Kona stores are also collecting donations of fabric. We follow Dress A Girl Around the World guidelines when accepting fabric donations, which limit donations to the following:
- 100% Cotton or Poly/Cotton fabrics (preferably with more cotton than polyester)
- No white or thin fabrics (such as gingham) – You can check the fabric to see if it’s appropriate by holding it up to a light and seeing if you are able to clearly see the light through the fabric. Many of the girls receiving dresses have darker skin.
- Avoid fabric that has: Americana/patriotic; Halloween (skulls, pumpkins, ghosts); obvious Christmas (Santa, snowmen; though red/green holly or pine/berry patterns ok); Disney or any character fabric (Cinderella, SpongeBob, Star Wars etc); or any printed English words.
As of the end of November 2017, the group of sewist who typically meet on Sundays in the Discount Fabric Warehouse – Hilo classroom will no longer be meeting for the forseeable future.
Dress kits will still be available for pick up at the Hilo store (if available) and you are also able to drop off completed dresses. Monetary and fabric donations, as well as dress kit donations are welcome.
If you’d like more information, please contact Jen, the East Hawaii Ambassador at email@example.com
There are two groups of wonderful folks who meet on the Kona/Waikoloa side of the island to put together kits for Dress A Girl Around the World dresses or sew them on the spot for donation!
Kona meets at the Living Stones Church on Ali’i Drive on Mondays from 1:00-4:00.
Waikoloa meets at the Waikoloa Community Room on Wednesdays from 11:30-3:30.
Not able to make it to the meetings, but would like to contribute anyway? Donations are always welcome! DFW gift cards and suitable materials to make the dresses can be dropped off at Discount Fabric Warehouse or by contacting Dress A Girl!
If you have any questions regarding Dress A Girl Around the World, how to donate, or anything else related to our donation drive, please feel free to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Dress A Girl Around the World website. Thank you for your help in allowing us to give back to our global community!