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Hands Helping Others Sends Dresses to Guatemala

Students show off their completed pillowcase dresses.

In November, the Hands Helping Others Club continued their tradition of making pillowcase dresses. Mrs. Feldman made a special guest appearance to help students design and sew the pillowcase dresses.

Ms. Kopchick’s mother, Dolly Hafner, and Mrs. Hinson’s sister, Diane Bennack also aided in the process. They both were thrilled with the outcome of so many students wanting to construct the dresses.

Mrs. Hinson, club sponsor of Hands Helping Others, said, “Making the dresses was not only rewarding but also a lot of fun!” Eighteen dresses were put together using pillowcases, reusable material, ribbon, and bows.

The dresses were delivered to an orphanage called Casa Bernabe near Guatemala City, Guatemala. A surplus of thirty-five T-shirts from last year’s Cultural Diversity Festival were delivered along with the dresses.

Casa Bernabe is home to more than 150 children, many of whom arrive at the orphanage because they have been abandoned or abused. Upon arrival, each child is placed into a nurturing family made up of parents, their own children and 15- 20 other children of the same age.

CATA students have big hearts and are always willing to give their time and lend a creative touch for global projects.

Club President, Chapin Silberquit said, “This is what our club is all about: helping people in need. Making the dresses was so much fun, but knowing that they were going to children who really needed them is even better.”  


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Written by: Deb Christensen
Posted: Feb 08, 2013 by Deb Christensen

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