‘Goodness gracious’


With a little fabric and a whole lot of love, local church group provides dresses for Haitians

By Kelly Jones - Special to The Sampson Independent



Helen Herring irons dresses that have been completed.


Zilphia Moore sews one of many pillowcase dresses for the children of Haiti.


Barbara Butler measures, cuts and preps material to be sewed.


Work continues at various stations inside the church fellowship hall.


Pew Sisters of Hickory Grove show completed dresses for the mission. Back row: Regina Davis, Barbara Butler, Helen Herring and seated: Zilphia Moore and Carmen Nunez.


Completed dresses are ready to be packed for the children of Haiti.


Regina Davis stands with Pastor Rene Romil, who will take the dresses to Haiti.


Working from stacks of fabric, ribbon and thread, a group of women from Hickory Grove Church recently sewed 148 pillowcase dresses to be delivered to Haiti. The mission project started in early June with a few ladies meeting at the church on Wednesday mornings for a short Bible study and then attending a sewing class on how to make pillowcase dresses.

And, as God so often does, he brought people together to accomplish this project, one the group said they hoped would give the children of Haiti something to smile about.

“We grew to as many as 10 ladies in the group,” noted member Regina Davis. “We have ladies that have joined us from other area churches. We share sewing machines and have all donated fabric, threads, ribbons and hair bows. We have vintage fabrics that were picked up at thrift stores and new bright colored fabrics that were bought just for this project.”

The goal was to complete 100 dresses by October.

“These dresses were to be part of our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, Davis explained. “In July, our associate pastor’s wife, Lindsey Creech, returned from her honeymoon and began teaching our Bible study group. We began a study called Pew Sisters and that led to our group being call the Pew Sisters.”

With a mission firmly in place, the Pew Sisters started searching for a name. They didn’t have to look very long or very hard, though.

“We decided that Operation Goodness Gracious was a great way to remember our dear friend Denise Wilks, who had been a very big part of Hickory Grove. She was a lifelong member and had given very generously to our church and community for many years,” Davis said, a smile spreading across her face as she remembered her friend.

“Her favorite statement was “goodness gracious God is so good,” she recalled, explaining how the project got it’s name.

“We love her and miss her dearly so what a better way to continue her legacy than to help others,” Davis expressed.

Matthew Creech, the associate pastor for Hickory Grove, invited Pastor Rene Romil from Haiti to come and speak to the church about his work and ministry. The dresses were dedicated during a special Wednesday night service where Pastor Romil thanked the church for their generosity and gifts that he will be taking back Haiti.

The Pew Sisters started packing the dresses and adding a stuffed animal or doll with each one. Care packages were also created for boys and adults. The group created 148 packages for girls, 66 packages for boys, and 46 packages for adult men and women. They also had four pair of shoes donated, for a total of 264 packages.

The Pew Sisters will continue to sew dresses and shorts on Wednesday mornings, Davis noted, pointing out that there are several organizations in which they wish to share their talent.

And one of their goals, she said, is to continue to support the Eastern Baptist Association by sending care packages to Haiti.

Many of the children of Haiti never get new clothes, Davis pointed out. The only clothing options are tattered remnants of adult clothing. For that reason and others, the women intend to give of their time, and their fabric, to spread the word of God and the love of God to others.

Helen Herring irons dresses that have been completed.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Haiti3.jpegHelen Herring irons dresses that have been completed.

Zilphia Moore sews one of many pillowcase dresses for the children of Haiti.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Haiti1.jpegZilphia Moore sews one of many pillowcase dresses for the children of Haiti.

Barbara Butler measures, cuts and preps material to be sewed.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Haiti.jpegBarbara Butler measures, cuts and preps material to be sewed.

Work continues at various stations inside the church fellowship hall.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Haiti4.jpgWork continues at various stations inside the church fellowship hall.

Pew Sisters of Hickory Grove show completed dresses for the mission. Back row: Regina Davis, Barbara Butler, Helen Herring and seated: Zilphia Moore and Carmen Nunez.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Haiti5.jpgPew Sisters of Hickory Grove show completed dresses for the mission. Back row: Regina Davis, Barbara Butler, Helen Herring and seated: Zilphia Moore and Carmen Nunez.

Completed dresses are ready to be packed for the children of Haiti.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Haiti7.jpgCompleted dresses are ready to be packed for the children of Haiti.

Regina Davis stands with Pastor Rene Romil, who will take the dresses to Haiti.
http://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/web1_Haiti6.jpgRegina Davis stands with Pastor Rene Romil, who will take the dresses to Haiti.
With a little fabric and a whole lot of love, local church group provides dresses for Haitians

By Kelly Jones

Special to The Sampson Independent

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