Huntsville chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. participates in pillowcase dress project

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - A service project that's happening in Huntsville will make a difference in another part of the globe! It involves pillowcases, sewing, and a lot of love. Members of the Huntsville chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. spent weeks "getting their sew on" to make sure little girls in Africa get something special.

At the last of six sessions held at Center Grove United Methodist Church, AKAs of the Epsilon Gamma Omega chapter were busy sewing, ironing, folding and perfecting every little detail of the dresses. This one was way more productive than the first.

"We just really got really, really excited about it," describes chapter president Dr. Wilma Ruffin. "We had so much fun that very first day, when we finished and were asked how many dresses do you have, we were able to say 1. We had far more fun than we did making dresses that first day."

But after that, they got busy on their project - "Little Dresses for Africa - Pillowcase Dress Service Project."

"It has really been wonderful," says Ruffin. "It's really been wonderful because it is a pillowcase dress concept."

Pillowcases are converted into dainty dresses. The ladies lent their hands and other skills to make it happen. While the dresses may be made by different people and with different fabrics,  they have a common thread.

"A lot of love has been put into these dresses," describes Ruffin.

To help them continue spreading love, WHNT NEWS 19 gave a surprise $319 to this sewing and service-oriented sisterhood.

"Oh! Thank you so much!" shouts Ruffin.

The Pay it Forward money will help the organization continue its mission of giving back.

"We have so many projects and one that we have coming up in the community in July will be our backpacks," describes Ruffin. "This will buy a lot of backpacks for children."

The ladies in Huntsville completed more than 400 dresses, surpassing their original goal of 311. They took them to the organization's international conference in Atlanta this past weekend to be distributed in different villages in Africa. The ultimate goal was to collect 29,108 dresses.

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