When Diane Cullings, a hobby seamstress and member of Laguna Presbyterian Church, came across an ad for Dresses for Africa, a Christian nonprofit that provides relief to children in orphanages in Central Africa, she decided to use her stitching skills for a good cause.
"I had all of this fabric in the attic that my mother left behind for me, but I never knew what to do with it," she said. "This seemed like a wonderful way to use it."
Through Laguna Presbyterian and worldwide sewing group Nancy's Notions, a partner with Dresses for Africa, Cullings and local volunteers have been assembling sewing kits since the summer — comprised of fabric, patterns, bindings, elastics and instructions for three dresses — which are then distributed to volunteer sewers who make the dresses and return them to the organization.
The group has since given out 10 kits, Cullings said, but hopes to find more volunteers before the winter, when the dresses will be sent to Nancy's Notions, and then to Africa.