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Oberlin, Lorain County rotary
clubs craft dresses for
underpriveleged girls in Africa

Morning Journal [Lorain, OH], by Stephanie Metzger

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Posted By:Harlowe, 6/9/2014 11:39:14 AM

OBERLIN — Local rotary clubs have combined their efforts of generosity to bring compassion to little girls across the world. Members of the Oberlin and Avon-Avon Lake-Sheffield rotary clubs have sewn more than 500 dresses for young girls in Haiti, Africa, Trinidad and Belize. The dresses, transformed from pillow cases, are part of a project developed by Cheron Reebok, International Service Chairwoman of the Oberlin Rotary Club. “It came as a result of realizing that there are little girls that have nothing,” Reebok said. (Snip) The goal was 500 dresses, which the group surpassed with 530 to date.

It is interesting to learn that little girls in these cultures are wearing dresses and not pants. How wonderful it would be to restore femininity to little girls in this country by having them wear dresses to school and to church with pants worn for playtime. And it is certainly refreshing to read a human interest story that reminds us life is not about “me and mine,” but is about “we and our.”


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Gordon Mills, 6/9/2014 11:54:54 AM     (No. 9878534)

So I guess there are no more ´underprivileged´ girls here in this country.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: RedWhiteBlue, 6/9/2014 12:01:40 PM     (No. 9878550)

I often wonder how much help the continent of Africa gives their countries within that continent. it seems that they could help each other prosper and thrive. We never hear of such actions. Do they not have the means ....or the will? It seems like they all wait for the world to come and rescue them....the white man. ODD?

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Keekng, 6/9/2014 12:05:49 PM     (No. 9878556)

#1 beat me to it. We are constantly being beaten over the head about helping the poor in this country yet, a pretty wealthy area is helping kids in Africa rather than the USA. Nothing wrong with helping Africa and they will certainly get better press coverage than if they helped kids in areas such as Appalachia. S/

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Nevadadad46, 6/9/2014 12:07:12 PM     (No. 9878558)

This kind of "Kindness" really miffs me. Here is why. The reason so many "generous" people "give" to foreign nations is because it is safe. When you give to a needy neighbor here at home, the net thing you know, the needy neighbor comes back for more or stares at you across the street with his or her forlorn kids and you suddenly end up responsible...you give more and more just because one bag of groceries or treating them to ice cream with the ice cream truck on Saturday does no good! They are still poor and still forlorn! But, giving to people ten thousand miles away makes you feel good and then you can wash your hands of them and pretend you did something worth while. It is hypocritical and meaningless. It is also, in a weird way, excessively selfish because it is done to merely massage your own conscience without any real long term effort.

You want to help someone? Work to getting them a job! Get them medical care. Get them education.Work to helping them permanently with your own cash and personal effort! Do something real - not this flash in the pan, "Gee-I-Sure-Feel-Good-Now" one-off stuff.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Former lurker, 6/9/2014 12:33:33 PM     (No. 9878597)

#4, dead on. I have another suggestion....send them sewing machines (treadle). Needles, scissors and fabric and let them make their own. Receiving a gift vrs learning a skill and creating something, not a contest.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 6/9/2014 12:50:50 PM     (No. 9878614)

That´s right #4. And if you want to help strays, stick to the four-legged kind. They will never turn on you for helping them; the two-legged always will.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mamafrog, 6/9/2014 1:26:52 PM     (No. 9878659)

Although I have never done this I know many people who have. It is a good thing. Shame on those who criticize the women who help little girls think of themselves as pretty and capable. I choose to make small corners of the world better a better place.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Attercliffe, 6/9/2014 2:21:40 PM     (No. 9878717)

We can no longer afford to take care of people in and from other countries. If anyone feels weird about donating to neighbors, they should take the stuff to a charity thrift shop like Goodwill. I´ve noticed the price of thrift goods, including children´s clothes, doubling over the last few years.

I know A and I are not the only ones with a reduced income. It´s not simply fewer dollars, those dollars aren´t worth nearly what they were ten years ago. Higher prices make those dollars even less valuable. Those in need of clothing soon won´t be able to afford second-hand clothing. More clothing received means lower prices to get it sold.

Charity definitely begins at home. Donate your stuff to a local thrift. Goodwill still trains people to work.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: privateer, 6/9/2014 2:56:49 PM     (No. 9878755)

Let each do good according to how they are granted the Light to see that which is good.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 6/9/2014 11:23:16 PM     (No. 9879388)

# 8 I agree.

That´s commendable, but charity begins at home. It is so much easier to donate to strangers, have a feel good moment, brag about it, and move on. Heaven forbid somebody should give an elderly neighbor a gift card for groceries or gas. The real impoverished in this country are the elderly.

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