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06 May Darlene Carpenter

Story #35
Air Date: May 6, 2014

Darlene Carpenter founded Dresses for Orphans in her Mesa, Arizona home five years ago, and today her team of volunteers has made more than 15,000 shirts and dresses for children in 29 different countries.

The non-profit began with Darlene sewing in her back bedroom, but it quickly grew. Dresses for Orphans now includes 50 dedicated volunteers who meet weekly to stitch, iron, fold and package each outfit. Even more remarkable, Darlene grew Dresses for Orphans while battling a rare case of gall bladder cancer. She’s been cancer free now for 4 years.

Darlene and her team make the clothing on a shoestring budget. A local church lends them the space to sew, Darlene buys the shirts wholesale, and quilters from across the country send them scrap fabric.

To learn more go to: www.dressesfororphans.org