message from Sue Buck, Chairman:
A Girl Around the World wants
every little girl to own at least one dress.
ask us to sew pillowcase dresses for Hope
4 Women International to distribute around the world. Teams and
partners personally deliver the dresses to hundreds of little girls dreaming
of a dress.
young and developing bodies need to be covered and protected from those
who would choose to exploit and abuse them. In Haiti, the incidence of
rape has increased since the earthquake. One in four children living in
Zimbabwe is orphaned as a result of parents dying of AIDS. Some of these
children are preyed upon by traffickers and sold!
Past International President, Frances Sellew, shared a newspaper article
with me about Virginians sewing pillowcase dresses. I had a bolt of fabric
from Fides Circle in Belle Center, OH to be used for a charitable project
and I went to www.dressagirlaroundtheworld.com
for step-by-step directions on how to make a dress. You need fabric
or a pillowcase and wide double-fold bias tape to match. Before long I
had made three dresses in various sizes! It is even faster if you start
with a pillowcase. Remember: if you are starting with a pillow case, slip
your hand under the fabric to see if it shows through. If so, choose darker
cotton or a printed fabric. White and pale colors are not suitable!
Your dress may be the
only garment one little girl in a faraway place will own and will be worn
every day! Take that cover off your sewing machine and let's get started!!
"My kids actually look forward to going to the doctor because
they know they're getting a book."
- A Reach Out and Read mother, featured in the linked video,
Reach Out and Read promotes early literacy and school readiness
to young children and their families through thousands of pediatricians
in all 50 states. Each year, medical providers at the nearly 5,000 Reach
Out and Read program sites nationwide distribute 6.5 million books to
children and invaluable literacy advice to parents. Pediatricians "prescribe"
books during well-child visits to every child 6 months through five years
of age and encourage families to read. Volunteers engage children in literacy
and music related activities while in the waiting area, transforming these
areas into positive learning environments.
are more than 4700 Reach Out and Read programs in the country. Focus is
given to families living in poverty.
You can participate in a virtual book drive by donating $5 for a book
and age group you select or by sponsoring a child with the purchase of
a full, five-year Reach Out and Read program for $50. Nationwide Children's
Hospital in Columbus, Ohio has one of the largest programs in the country.
The Ohio Branch made a significant donation for books in 2012.
Is your Branch looking for a literacy project?
Go to www.reachoutandread.org
and look for a location near you.
Projects Committee member, Edith Dixon, sent me a newspaper article about
a great program, Surfers Healing. She learned about the program because
one of the surfer camps for children on the autism spectrum is held each
summer at Folly Beach, SC. This free program attracted 200 children and
their families from around the Southeast in 2012. Camps are held at beaches
in Canada, Puerto Rico, Maryland, Virginia, California, Rhode Island,
New Jersey, New York and Hawaii.
Healing was founded by Israel and Danielle Paskowitz. Their son, Isaiah,
was diagnosed with autism at age three. Like many autistic children, he
often suffered from sensory overload-- simple sensations could overwhelm
him. The ocean was the one place where he seemed to find respite.
competitive surfer, Israel hit upon an idea--with Isaiah on the front
of his surfboard, and Izzy steering from the back, the two spent the day
surfing together. Surfing had a profound impact on Isaiah. Israel and
Danielle decided they wanted to share this unique therapy with other autistic
children. They began to host day camps at the beach where autistic children
and their families could be exposed to a completely new experience.
Healing is a 501(c)(3) organization that operates on a shoestring budget.
It takes approximately $75.00 per child to cover the cost of beach permits,
insurance, supplies, lunch for the child and his/her family, etc.
To see pictures, read more about this unique experience, volunteer to
help or make a contribution, click on www.surfershealing.org.
The Reason I Jump
In this book by Naoki
Higashida, a 13-year-old autistic boy, answers 58 questions he thinks
others wonder about him. His moving answers give you a rare look inside
the autistic mind. The book was first published in 2007 in Japan.
Naoki is non-verbal. He wrote the book by spelling out words one letter
at a time on a Japanese alphabet letter board.
David Mitchell, the author of Cloud Atlas, translated the book
with the help of his wife, K.A. Yoshida.
the Prairie Dog
This is a new book about one small dachshund and a prairie dog with autism.
The author, S. Charles Decker, wrote this book for his two boys who both
have autism. You can preview it by typing in Zack the Prairie Dog into
your search engine or through watching a You Tube video by clicking
here. The story closes with "in heaven's eyes we are