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Women sew dresses for orphaned Africans

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MESA, Ariz. -

Several dozen women in the valley are making their mark internationally. They're helping orphans -- some of whom have been rescued from the sex trade – in unique way of giving back.

"These ladies are just great," says Jerrelyn Ramey.

All for a great cause.

40 to 50 women met Wednesday mornings to sew a gift of love for orphans around the world.

The group is called Dresses for Orphans.

"So I was just going to make about 20 outfits a week in my back bedroom, until some other women heard about it and the rest is history," says Darlene Carpenter.

More than 750 dresses and shirts will be packed into boxes and sent to five places in south Sudan.

"It makes them so happy and makes them feel that they are worthy of themselves when they receive these wonderful gifts," says Jerrie.

"My job is cutting and whatever needs to be done," says Olga Cruz.

Olga Cruz also brings a smile and a sense of humor at the tender age of 91.

"I curse in Italian cause none of the ladies know… when I can't pull it off I say mmmm," says Olga.

They work but are like family, creating something so meaningful. The children can't help but smile.

"To think back to remember that our hands touched all of those outfits, we made all of those right here. And sometimes this is the first new outfit this child has ever received," says Darlene.

The next set of shirts and dresses will be sent to Kenya.

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