By Nicole Luna
Cleburne Times-Review, Texas.
Somewhere in the world a girl will be wearing a dress made by someone in Cleburne, Texas.
The City Union of King’s Daughters made about 400 dresses to support the “Dress A Girl Around The World project” for Hope 4 Women International. The objective is to make dresses for girls in more than 75 countries that could prevent them from falling victims to sexual predators.
“One of the statements says, ‘We are joining together because we believe every little girl has the dignity to own at least one dress,'” said Barbara Boulware, a Friendship Circle member and vice president of King’s Daughters International, said. “And that’s what we want to do, help young girls around the world.”
Boulware presented the project to the Johnson County circles and received positive feedback.
“When I first heard about the project I thought it would be a wonderful idea,” Friendship Circle member Ellen Parnell said. “It gave us a chance to work together and it was such a blessing to make a dress for someone else.”
In Cleburne, there are seven circles within King’s Daughters: Victory, Watch and Work, Friendship, Girls of Grace, Hearts of Gold, Lend a Hand and In His Hands.
Each circle made dresses or contributed in some way. Friendship Circle made 261 dresses.
“We started in February and just kept going,” Boulware said.
The In His Hands circle made 63 dresses, circle member Kay White said.
“Everyone wanted to participate but not everyone can sew so we made an assembly line to move quickly and give everyone a job to do,” White said.
Boulware said members were able to find fabric at wholesale and buy sufficient fabric for enough dresses at a low price.
Members designed the dresses based on a simple pillowcase style that easily slips on and has straps that will adjust as the girl grows.