Tallgrass Creek Retirement Community Residents Now Sewing More than 50 DressesTo be Shipped This Month to Haiti to be Worn by Children in Need
OVERLAND PARK, KS (May 6, 2011) – More than 50 dresses now being sewed by Tallgrass Creek residents will be shipped this month to Haiti to be worn by children in orphanages and by other children in need. The dresses will be shipped in partnership with Advent Lutheran Church.
The dresses are brightly colored cotton or cotton/polyester. Ten residents have been sewing them for the past month and have made about 30 dresses so far. The dresses fit sizes 3-12.
“The energy and commitment by our residents to help these children shows how people can truly make a difference at any age or stage of life,” said Jill Cline, the Community Resources Coordinator at Tallgrass Creek. “Our residents’ willingness to reach out and help others on a local and global level never ceases to amaze me. Compassion is ageless.”
This project is part of year-round community outreach by Tallgrass Creek’s 200 residents. For instance, residents who sew make dresses to be sent to orphaned girls in Africa. Resident quilters make quilts for the children of Lakemary Center, a residential facility in the area that serves children who have developmental disabilities and psychiatric disorders. And a group of residents bake 1,000 cookies each month to help feed the homeless in Kansas City, Missouri.
Their work is helping thousands of disadvantaged men, women and children in all parts of the globe. The work is volunteer-driven.