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Lillian Weber: 99-year Old Sewing ‘Hero’


For the past 3 years, 99-year old Lillian Weber has been making a dress a day for little girls in need. Each dress takes 4 hours and is personalized with a special pattern or stitching detail. To date, the Iowa native has made more than 800 dresses with a goal of reaching 1000 dresses by her 100th birthday in May 2015.

The dresses are provided to Little Dresses for Africa (LDFA), a nonprofit that has distributed 2.5 million dresses to impoverished children in 81 countries. “She’s my hero,” says LDFA founder Rachel O’Neill. “She likes to do the little extra, and believe me [the girls] love it.”

Weber has no intention of slowing down. “If I’m still able to do it I’ll continue all the way through,” she explains. “Because I know I’m making little girls happy, and that is very important to me.”

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