The sound of a sewing machine could be heard loud and clear as the ladies of the Omicron Beta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority turned pillowcases into dresses.
The dresses were made with a special purpose in mind: They will be sent to Africa to little girls who may not have much else.
“We used pillowcases of different sizes to produce small, medium, large, and extra-large dresses,” said Martha Ross, the chapter’s global impact chairman.
The pillowcase project is a part of a national effort to send hope to little girls in Africa.
“Our national president, who is Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, and our regional director, Mary B. Conner, are a part of this initiative, which allows all AKAs over the world, not just Meridian, to send dresses to little girls in Africa, so they’ll have something to look pretty in like our girls in the United States,” said Angela Turner, the chapter’s president.
The project has even inspired members of the community to help out.
“We had a young lady to come in, Delores Hasselle. She saw the ad in the paper of what we were doing and made 12 dresses and brought them to us,” said Turner.
The sorority met at the Boys and Girls Club and invited girls to help out with making 50 dresses. A few of the girls even modeled some of fashion.
“Meridian is a small place, so when you think of Africa, it is a large place. These girls are being a part of an international program, whereas it’s not just next door, it’s around the world,” said Martha Kincaid, the chapter’s vice president.
The dresses will be taken to the sorority’s national conference in Atlanta next month, and will later be donated to girls in South Africa and Liberia.