Church sewing bee mission clothes Appalachian girls

By Ashley M. Casey

Members of the North Volney United Methodist Church gathered for a sewing bee Aug. 15 to turn donated pillowcases into dresses for impoverished girls in the Appalachian region of the U.S. More than a dozen participants came together to create about 30 dresses.

Appalachia is the southern portion of the Appalachian Mountains, spanning 13 states in the Eastern U.S. The per capita income in Appalachia is 18 percent lower than the national average. The poverty rate is 16.1 percent in Appalachia, nearly two percentage points higher than the national rate.

The North Volney United Methodist Church is partnering with Christian charity Hope 4 Women International to send the dresses to Appalachian girls in need. Beverly Beck was the coordinator, who heard of pillowcase dresses and found H4WI through an Internet search.

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