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100 dresses going to Africa

By Staff | Sep 12, 2014

Bryce Berginski/PCT This dress is one of 100 Vernice Brossart and friends hope to complete by Christmas.

Vernice Brossart, a first and second grade teacher at Little Flower School in Rugby, is all about giving back.

When her sister, Sheila Ingram, of Kentucky, met with her in California in February and told Brossart about a project called “Little Dresses for Africa”, she decided she wanted to do it.

“God has been really good to us,” Brossart said. “For the people of the Rugby area we have more than we need. This is a way to give to those who have less.”

Brossart has set a goal of completing 100 sundresses, sizes 3-12, by Christmas of this year. Once completed, the dresses will be sent to Nancy’s Notions, a Wisconsin-based sewing store, which will in turn send them to Africa.

“100 dresses won’t cover all the girls in clothes, but it will make a difference,” Brossart said.

Brossart is assisted by about 15 ladies, and more help is welcomed. Interested parties can contact Brossart at 776-2322 to get involved and pick up a packet containing instructions and enough fabric for three dresses at the Little Flower Catholic Church rectory. Fabric donations are also welcome and can be dropped off at the rectory.

Deb Hoffert, of Rugby, is helping Brossart in the making of the 100 dresses. Hoffert previously worked with Brossart on projects for the Heart of America Medical Center Auxiliary.

“I like the idea that some little girl’s getting a new dress who wouldn’t normally have one,” Hoffert said. “They’re quick, easy and fun to do.”

Since joining the project, Hoffert has completed five dresses.

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