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The Clean Cut: 99-year-old woman sews nearly 1,000 dresses for African girls

Recommended by Sarah Petersen, Deseret News

Published: Tue, Aug. 26 1:45 p.m. MDT

99-Year-Old Woman To Make 1,000 Dresses For Charity In The Next Year

 Lillian Weber of Bettendorf, Iowa, wakes up every morning and begins to sew another dress that she will donate to young girls in Africa. As Weber approaches her 100th birthday next May, she hopes to have made 1,000 total dresses.
 Lillian Weber of Bettendorf, Iowa, wakes up every morning and begins to sew another dress that she will donate to young girls in Africa. As Weber approaches her 100th birthday next May, she hopes to have made 1,000 total dresses.
 Lillian Weber of Bettendorf, Iowa, wakes up every morning and begins to sew another dress that she will donate to young girls in Africa. As Weber approaches her 100th birthday next May, she hopes to have made 1,000 total dresses.

Lillian Weber of Bettendorf, Iowa, wakes up every morning and begins to sew another dress that she will donate to young girls in Africa. As Weber approaches her 100th birthday next May, she hopes to have made 1,000 dresses.

"It's just one of those things that you learn how to do and enjoy," Weber told News 8. "When I get to that 1,000, if I'm able to, I won't quit. I'll go at it again because there's no reason to not do nothing."

Weber's dresses are donated to a Christian nonprofit organization, Little Dresses For Africa.

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1. grandmagreat
Lake Havasu City, AZ,
Aug. 26, 2014

This is a wonderful bit of news. I have asked my Relief Society President to let me teach the young mothers how to sew making tshirt dresses to send to those countries with little girls that so desperately need them. But most of the women in my ward just want to do Crafts, and I really get frustrated. I appreciate this woman's dedication.

2. sally
Kearns, UT,
Aug. 26, 2014

grandmagreat, It is no different for other charity activities. It would be nice if many of those who have received welfare from government, church and community would give back, but that is not the norm. Where we live now, the young women had a quilt project with their mothers. Other women had to step in because so many of the mothers did not have sewing machines or know how to use them. The girls were not really interested. Even sewing with a needle and thread is a lost art. The women I know just want to be entertained. I love sewing with a needle and thread. When we lived in the East, quite a few women in our neighborhood had quilting bees. The LDS women had no interest. Even years ago, when we quilted at Homemaking meeting once a month, most of the women who wanted their quilts done, did not help out. Also for wedding and baby gifts I rarely give anything I have made. I just give money.

3. Saharanne
Buffalo, IA,
Aug. 26, 2014

I live right down the road from this lady in a small town. Many people I know quilt. A lot of them though as you said Sally don't want to do it unless its fast. I still hand and machine quilt tops I make, I used to give them to girls at work. Its in my will, that all my fabrics, machines, quilt frames blocks that haven't been assembles will be given to Project Linus. I love to make quilts.

4. Gemini
Australia, 00,
Aug. 26, 2014

I think it is amazing that at the age of 99 (soon to be 100), this wonderful lady spends her day in the service of her fellow beings who are less fortuate. What an exemplary way to spend your days serving others. She looks so vibrant and alert which is due, I am sure, to the fact that she stays active in her pursuits. She sure doesn't look 99. I have seen 80 year olds look older than her. Congratulations Lillian you're amazing and an early HAPPY BIRTHDAY for next year! You have made many girls very happy.