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    The Upper New York Conference of The United Methodist Church

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    Whitney Point United Methodist Church to celebrate 10,000 dresses made

    May 1, 2018 / By UNY Communications

    For the past eight years the ‘Sew ‘n Sews’ have been meeting weekly at the Whitney Point United Methodist Church to sew dresses. They use pillowcases, sheets, and other donated fabric along with elastic and lace, to assemble dress kits which then get sewn together into dresses of all sizes. Every few months a volunteer takes several boxes full of completed dresses to Angels of Mercy in Rochester, NY where they get labels and are shipped out across the globe as part of the Dress A Girl Around the World program.

    On Sunday, May 20 at 1:30 p.m., the church will celebrate the completion of the Sew ‘n Sews’ 10,000th dress! There will be speakers from Angels of Mercy and Dress A Girl as well as a short video presentation showcasing some of the happy girls who have received dresses.

    “We’ve never bought any fabric,” Sew ‘n Sews, leader, Jean Ellis says. “Every time we got low, another donation would come in.” 

    Whitney Point UMC pastor, Rev. Corey Turnpenny said, “This is not just a celebration of 10,000 dresses, but of the 10,000 children being given dignity and protection. It’s also a celebration of the incredible community support we’ve received through countless donations of fabric and thousands of hours of sewing!”

    Dress a Girl Around the World is a Campaign under Hope 4 Women International (a 501c3 organization) bringing dignity to women around the world since 2006. For more information go to

    Angels of Mercy is a Christ-centered organization (501c3) dedicated to helping women in need locally, across the nation and around the world. For more information go to

    The Whitney Point United Methodist Church has been an active part of the community since the 1800s and prioritizes supporting children and feeding the hungry. For more information go to

    For more information, contact Rev. Corey Turnpenny at the Whitney Point United Methodist Church at or by calling her cell phone 570-417-7693.

    With more than 168,000 members, the Upper New York Annual (Regional) Conference of The United Methodist Church comprises 865 local churches and 86 new faith communities in 12 districts, covering 48,000 square miles in 49 of the 62 counties in New York state. Our mission is to “live the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to be God’s love with our neighbors in all places."