February 18, 2005 -- Posted at 2:25 CST
Jonesboro -- A church-based organization is working to bring smiles to the faces of needy children in the Jonesboro area this Easter. Church Women United first began sewing clothes for children who might not otherwise have a new outfit to wear for Easter nearly 25 years ago. This year alone, more than 370 children of preschool and elementary age will receive new clothes.
"They don't see the smiles and the elation on the children's faces when they actually get the dress and when we actually present it to them. They go, "Wow!" And they say, "Oh, I like it!" The smile on that face, it makes it worth it," said Earline Smith, counselor at Jonesboro's Kindergarten Center.
Student's names are kept confidential. The volunteer sewers only have their sizes. Volunteers pick up packets at Martin's Cleaners on Southwest Drive and assemble the dresses in their spare time. Other volunteers put these packets together, complete with thread, patterns, and other notions. Even more volunteers deliver the completed dresses, little boy's jeans and new shirts to area schools.