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She’s 99 years old and sews one dress a day to send to African girls

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Histórias com valor - published on 11/16/16

That’s a lot of love in one single heart! Lillian Weber hopes she can make a thousand dresses for poor girls before she reaches her 100th birthday

For the past three years, 99-year-old Lillian Weber has been sewing a new dress on a daily basis, for children in need. Her daughter, Linda Purcell, said Mrs. Weber customizes each dress: “When she makes those little dresses she thinks that they’re not good enough; so she has to add something up front to make it special, to give it her personal mark.”

Weber starts each dress in the morning, takes a midday break, and then adds the finishing, special touches in the afternoon. Then, her daughters deliver the garments to an apartment complex for the elderly in Davenport, Iowa, where they are sent to the organization along with other dresses made by residents.

Check out some of the beautiful dresses that this beautiful lady who helps to change the world has made.


Purpose: Weber hopes to make a thousand dresses for poor girls before she turns 100.


Attention to detail: Weber puts a personal touch on each one of the dresses.


Good cause: Girls in Uganda, Africa, are seen wearing Weber’s dresses.


Weber explains that her greatest desire is for girls to feel more beautiful in their dresses, thus feeling better even when living in such poverty.


Little Dresses for Africa founder Rachel O’Neill says she plans to deliver some of Mrs. Weber’s dresses herself when she visits Malawi. The non-profit organization O’Neill leads has distributed dresses to orphanages, churches and schools in 47 countries across Africa.

That’s a lot of love in one single heart!

Translated from Aleteia’s Portuguese edition.

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