Colorado Relief Society sews dresses to send to Africa

By Danelle McCollum

For Mormon Times

Published: Saturday, March 12 2011 5:30 a.m. MST

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Relief Society sisters from the Fort Collins Colorado Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints sewed more than 200 dresses for young girls in Africa at a service activity on Feb. 19.

The dresses will be donated to the Little Dresses for Africa program.

In addition to sewing dresses, the women also sewed ear and neck pillows for the local hospice, collected newborn items to be donated in the community, and along with other members of the stake, donated approximately 90 pints of blood to Poudre Valley Hospital.

Representatives from local community organizations were also invited to the day of service. The blood drive, in conjunction with other service opportunities, has become an annual tradition in the stake.

Lynette Hanks, stake Relief Society president, echoed the words of Emma Smith at the first meeting of the Relief Society in 1842 when she spoke of the service offered by the women in her stake.

“I think what has happened has truly been extraordinary," Hanks said.

Danelle McCollum is the Relief Society secretary the Terry Lake Ward, Fort Collins Colorado Stake.

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