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82 Dresses for Haiti Orphans

Mount Vernon Area Girl Scout Troop 874 made 82 dresses to send to an orphanage in Haiti. From left are Lauren and Lindsay Fisher, Shea Ruffin, Nina Shute, Maura Finn, Savannah Culver, Elizabeth Hutchison, Becky Lehner, Sarah McKeown, Chloe Harris, Emma Rice and Betsy Martin.

Mount Vernon Area Girl Scout Troop 874 made 82 dresses to send to an orphanage in Haiti. From left are Lauren and Lindsay Fisher, Shea Ruffin, Nina Shute, Maura Finn, Savannah Culver, Elizabeth Hutchison, Becky Lehner, Sarah McKeown, Chloe Harris, Emma Rice and Betsy Martin.

— During the summer, Mount Vernon area Girl Scout Troop 874 initiated a dressmaking project for the girls living and/or going to school at the Haiti Micah Project orphanage. Many of the Girl Scouts had no previous experience with sewing, but they learned to sew and recruited friends and community members to help. Eighty-two dresses were designed and sewn. Younger area girls made friendship bracelets that coordinate with the bright colors of the dresses the older Scouts made. Yards of colorful fabric and notions were donated by the community as well.

The Haiti Micah Project is responsible for 400 at-risk and vulnerable children who need food, water, clothing, healthcare and school tuition and supplies. The 82 dresses will be delivered to the orphanage in Haiti in September.