Extraordinary. Thousands of miles separate them, but their lives touch in a very unique way. The spotlight is centered squarely on a very innovative vision of the Dr. Tosha Meredith Foundation (DTMF), Kingdom International Virtual Ministries (KIMVC), and the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Multipurpose Facility. The Bowden Center located in East Point, Georgia was graciously invited to partner with DTMF and KIMVC in an unconventional way by providing hand sewn pillowcase dresses and other creative dressing to benefit hundreds of Ugandan girls. Hot off the press: A new project has been added to sew pants/shirts sets for the boys of Uganda.
A very motivated Doreatha Wyms, sewing instructor at the Bowden Center and her class, have provided to date over 500 dresses, all sewn with excitement, creativity, and love. That same enthusiasm is now going into sewing boys pant sets. The clothing will be showcased in a fashion show presented by DTMF and KIMVC that will also feature African inspired vendors among 200-350 guests in Metro Atlanta.
Here is how the event will work. Attendees will bid on the clothes (Girl Scouts will model the dresses) in a live auction. The dresses and pant sets will then be sent directly to children in the Uganda area. Additionally, the funds raised will be sent for distribution, as reported by the Dr. Tosha Meredith Foundation. The public is invited to attend this unique and worthy fashion event on Saturday, April 23, 2016, 3pm to 6pm at the H.J.C. Bowden Senior Center. Come one, come all.
The visionary for Sewing for Uganda is Elle Parker-Meredith, Executive Director of KIMVC and DTMF, http://www.toshameredith.com/About-Us.html. Dr. Tosha Meredith is founder of the two organizations and serves as the administrator to ten member churches in Kenya and Uganda providing clothing, bed nets, and toiletries for homeless and special needs children directly to remote villages of Kampala and Mityana, Uganda. This collaboration has served over 300 children over the past 2 years. Traveling to Uganda often, Dr. Tosha Meredith also works closely with village and community leaders to establish a sound education institution and orphanage to address the many abandoned and homeless children. Hence, Sewing for Uganda was created to help satisfy the needs of the Ugandan people, especially the children.
A visit to the sewing class at the Bowden Center, gives credence to their desire to not only help in this partnership but also to exceed all expectations. Their determination is heartwarming and oh, so sincere. The idea of making clothes for children thousands of miles away fills the air with a sense of hope. These dedicated women proudly displayed dresses as if they were sewing for their own families. For children they have never seen and probably will never get the opportunity to meet, all involved have truly stepped up.
Although the Sewing for Uganda project will not allow participants the clasping of hands with the gifted children of Uganda, it will undeniably allow for the touching of hearts.