Guests and relatives gathered recently at Trinity Lutheran Church in Brookings for an annual Back to School Tea Party that offers handmade dresses to young children for wearing back to school.
“There were about 20 girls attending the event and they were able to pick out a dress to wear to school,” said Jane Knox, the ambassador for the Brookings Dress A Girl organization.
“We are a dedicated group of women who get together the second Saturday of the month to sew and share supplies and ideas,” Knox said. “Many of the women also sew at home for the girls. We have sent dresses to Africa, Mexico and Brazil.”
Knox said invitations to the girls attending the affair went out last spring. “We sent out invitations with end-of-the-year paperwork last spring, and we put a notice in the newspaper and by word of mouth.
“The girls brought friends or siblings with them,” said Knox. “In our small town, the word gets passed around. Many of the girls have been coming for several years.”
Knox said the girls who attended were not involved in the sewing, but were invited to the tea party to celebrate the start of a new school year.
She said the group plans to send 24 dresses to a children’s home in Brazil when they meet in September. “We also like to provide dresses for girls in our area,” she said.
The event in Brookings, held Aug. 10, included lunch, crafts such as making hair bows, and cupcake decorating.
For more information about Brookings Dress A Girl, call 209-815-2100.