Using Our Hands

  • Host a Dress A Girl Around the World sewing event.
    First, visit for pillowcase dress patterns and trips. Plan where to host your event and invite your friends, colleagues, club members, family, etc. to bring pillowcases, trim, double wide bias tape, elastic, and their sewing machines. Ask us to send you a Dress a Girl video to show at your event or use to promote your event.



  • Collect needed items. As you know, our mission team members carry a second bag filled with needed items to the countries in which we travel. What do we need you to collect?


  • School supplies. The children benefit from donated crayons, pencils, staplers, sharpeners, rulers, and markers (no paper please it’s too heavy). To learn what our children need most for the upcoming trips, contact Carmela Santiago at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Medical supplies are desperately needed by our hospital in Uganda. While we aren’t able to carry medications, there are basic items we always need. Some examples are gauze, tubing, alcohol prep pads, stethoscopes, band-aids, and gloves. Call our office before you start collecting medical items.
  • Children's clothing – socks, underwear, flip-flops, hats, gloves and more – is always needed. The need is great and varies by country. Contact Carmela Santiago so she can help guide you with collecting clothing.
  • Through our Hope 4 Women initiative, there are many items that can be gathered for women, including: scarves, toothbrushes, toothpaste, and lotion.
Artist and Hope 4 Kids advocate, Jennie O’ Hara, had a birthday party to raise money for a new playground for the Karamojong children at Smile Africa.
Kelly Larkin and daughter Grace Beasley are happy to see girls in Uganda enjoying the dresses they helped make at Kelly's Dress A Girl Around the World sew fest.