Susan Kisinger spent a great deal of time during the winter of 2010 in Gulf Shores watching the news as the Haitians tried to “recover” from the devastating earthquake. “Whenever something like this happens around the world I am always drowned with the question that just will not go away, What can I do to help?” Kisinger stated.
Susan Kisinger working on a Little Dress.
“One day in the Gulf Shores library, I saw a display for littledressesforafrica.org. It hit me like a ton of bricks that I could make those dresses for the girls in Haiti.” Susan added.
Sewing is kind of second nature for Susan, having donated thousands of hours sewing costumes for the local civic theatre in Lafayette, Indiana. Making Little Dresses seemed like the perfect outlet for her talents.
According to Susan, “I had the opportunity to see these adorable dresses and talk to a couple of people about this effort. I believe it’s something worth supporting!”
Apparently many people have agreed.
Thinking back to the beginning is kind of a blur, Susan posted a simple status on her Facebook profile one week after coming up with the concept, since then, Little Dresses for Haiti has taken off like a little rocket that will not be deterred! She decided to create a Facebook fan page and a week later there were over 150 fans from all over the United States, many of whom have started making and sending in dresses to Susan to be shipped to Haiti.
“The very first shipment of 28 Little Dresses went to Nehemiah Vision Ministries one year ago.” she continued.
Guilberta Herard in her Little Dress.
“Today, Dresses are delivered around Haiti on a regular basis, so this is an ongoing project. I do need help though. Want to help? You have a couple easy options!”
I can’t speak for the other organizations, but as far as Nehemiah Vision Ministries is concerned, this has been a welcomed outreach. I have seen the smiles these dresses bring to the faces of girls who have no dresses at all.
It is important to realize that you don’t have to know how to sew to assist. you can donate new or gently used pillow cases and/or elastic, buttons, ribbon, ric rac, etc. You can purchase these at thrift stores, or raid your own linen closets! Simply contact Susan and let her know where she can pick them up!
If you live out of town and still want to create dresses, they can be mailed to Susan Kisinger, 1837 Mallard Ct., West Lafayette, IN 47906 (One pillowcase and some ribbon costs very little to mail.)
“Tell a friend about this project and pass on my contact information. I am sure there are many groups in our community, as well as others around the country, who would be willing to donate or sew for Haitian girls!”
“My goal initially was to ship 100 dresses a month to Haiti. We have exceeded that already! In less than one year, we have sent 1,489 Little Dresses to Haiti! “ Kisinger proudly stated.
One certainly cannot question Susan’s commitment to the cause, “These dresses have been sent to many organizations in Haiti like Nehemiah Vision Ministries, Kids Alive, Healing Hands International and Mission Ranch Orphanage. I currently have almost 100 more dresses in my dining room in various stages of readiness!
As long as you ladies and gents keep sewing; so will I.” exclaimed Susan.
Sergeline and Sergelande Jean Louis with the dresses they received.