A charity effort that started less than two years ago is now making a difference in 14 countries.
Two volunteers donate their time to Sewing4Souls.
Hand-made dresses are destined for countries all over the world. Volunteers make them from a simple pattern.
"You can take a pillowcase and do the same thing. You cut the arms and the neck out and you've got the pretty bottom on them. This is along that same line," Sewing4Souls Volunteer Gail Childress said.
A newspaper article inspired Gail and her sister to get involved. They read about Daphne Jessup who started Sewing4Souls about two years ago.
"It is biblical based. Sewing4Souls. And in these packets there is the salvation, plan of salvation," she said.
Gail Childress explained notes tucked into the packets with the clothes are written in the native language of the destination country. It is a gift for a child far away.
Her sister Nancy Hamilton said, "We got into it and we're addicted. We're hunting bargains on flip flops, t-shirts, little toys that don't weigh much. I guess 75% of our material is donated from ladies who used to quilt or used to sew and they don't anymore so they're glad to give it to us if it's for a good cause."
Gail asks her quilting group for extra fabric.
"They keep cleaning out the stash and bringing buttons and lace and fabric," she said.
A lot of people have gotten involved. Prisoners make little lightweight dolls to include in the packets.
"They can't use needles but they can use these blunt crochet things and they make the cutest little things," Nancy said.
Gail said, "When you walk to the counter at Dollar General with a hundred pairs of flip flops they kind of look at you. Wow, what are you doing with these? So then you have to tell. And lots of time people will come up and say here's ten dollars."
Nancy specializes in cutting fabric. She assembles it in kits for others to sew.
"We put pockets on everything because these kids don't have anything. They live with dirt floors and no running water and it they can just carry a rock in their pocket," she said.
The sisters have not traveled to the clothes' final destinations but they've seen pictures. For many of the children it's their first new item of clothing and in some cases it's their only one.
"It makes you so thankful for your warm bed, your floor, your running water, they don't have electricity. They live this way. But the children touch out heart," Nancy said.
Sewing4Souls is always looking for donations and volunteers. Find out more on their web site.
You can contact Gail and Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org