After the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Constance Montague decided she would dedicate some of her time to make clothes for the children of Haiti.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Just one outfit can make a huge difference, especially for kids who have nothing to wear at all. After the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, a Richmond woman decided she would dedicate some of her time to make clothes for the children of Haiti.
Constance Montague had her sewing machine out in her living room making dresses for little girls she and her friends may never meet.
"I went to a conference, the lady pulled out a sheet of paper and drew the dress and said you should make dresses for the children of Haiti, " says Montague. "I came home and I tried it and my husband said it looked real good."
The dresses are made from pillow cases donated by people from many places, even from other states.
"The Girl Scouts of 33rd Street, Baptist Church…George Wythe high school home economics department…I'm just thrilled. When you see children hop around. If they know nothing else, they learned that they can help somebody."
Since the earthquake in Haiti, Montague has been on a mission.
"I want these dresses to go to Haiti," she says. "I don't want them sold. I want them to be given to the children of Haiti. I want each to at least have a dress or two dresses."
At least twice a week, Montague pulls out her sewing machine and gets to work with her friends.
"We call ourselves the crew," Montague laughs. "My husband - you will be surprised. After I am finished doing the dress, he irons it and then he folds it up and then he puts it in the box. When they bring their dresses over, he's the one who folds them up just as nice. He's so patient."
It's a gift so simple, but the gratitude is all over the little girls' faces.
But there's a problem. Dresses are made and ready to go, but there's no consistent way to ship them.
"We received the pillow cases and we make the dresses but we have a hard time getting them to Haiti."
Montague sometimes sends them with nurses from VCU or anyone going on a mission trip to Haiti.
"We had a couple of pillow cases with Barney and some other character, and we didn't know that [the children] knew about those," she says. "And she said when she got there and they saw those dresses, they said 'I want that one!' I said oh, we made a terrible mistake."
So even though she doesn't always know how they'll get there, Montague and her crew will keep sewing away.
"Here's the dress! Another dress competed, ready to go! Just need pressing and fold and it's ready to go for some little girl."
Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond
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