Carol MacDonald recalls the picture that inspired a thousand dresses.
“The little girl wore a black and white zebra-striped dress with little ribbons on it. She had a rose in her hair, and one hand on her hip. She had a brilliant smile, and this look of ‘Oh, look at me,’” said the outgoing moderator of Presbyterian Women in the Pittsburgh Presbytery.
She saw the picture on a visit to Bethany Presbyterian Church in Bridgeville, where the women had made dresses for several years for girls in Haiti and Mexico. In November, their mission changed when Little Dresses for Africa was launched as a national Presbytery-wide project and was adopted locally as the moderator’s project.
“I’m over the moon. Almost every church is making dresses,” Mrs. MacDonald said. “I’m so thrilled so many people were involved.”
The dresses are being collected from local churches and delivered to Third Presbyterian Church in Shadyside, where they will be displayed at the Presbyterian Women’s 26th Spring Gathering.