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New York church helps fight human trafficking — one dress at a time


The Democrat & Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y., reports:

Every third Saturday, in the basement of the North Greece Road Church of Christ, seamstresses toil with donated sewing machines and fabrics, turning pillowcases into dignity for little girls all around the globe.

The church’s Sisters Helping All Reach Eternity ministry is taking part in Dress a Girl Around the World, a program of Hope 4 Women International, which seeks to make a world where every little girl owns at least one dress.

The importance: According to the group, pastors in some of the world’s most impoverished areas say a brand-new dress on a little girl sends the signal that someone cares about that child, that she is not worthless or easy prey for human traffickers.

“It’s so simple, it doesn’t even seem to make sense,” said Sara Higdon, with North Greece Road Church of Christ. “By making these dresses, we are helping these girls no longer be victims. We’re making sure they look decent, not tattered and helping them get a modicum of freedom and showing someone cares about them.”

Sparked to interest by participation in the program by other local churches, North Greece congregants began their work in February. So far, they’ve made nearly 100 dresses.

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Across the U.S., members of Churches of Christ participate in — and oversee — dress-making ministries. See our recent feature on Sew’n Hope, a ministry launched by two sisters, ages 9 and 8, who attend the Nile Street Church of Christ in Klamath Falls, Ore.
Are you involved in a dress-making ministry? Please post below.

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