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Clothing the world, one child at a time

The group has made more than 20,000 pieces of clothing. (Photo source: WLOX News) The group has made more than 20,000 pieces of clothing. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Hemmed in Prayer meets every third Tuesday of the month at the First Baptist Church in Pascagoula. (Photo source: WLOX News) Hemmed in Prayer meets every third Tuesday of the month at the First Baptist Church in Pascagoula. (Photo source: WLOX News)
PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

The sound of a sewing machine is the sound of a different sermon for a group of Pascagoula women. It's a sermon about the giving spirit of dozens of women living up to their motto, a simple, but powerful bible verse.

The women, "Hemmed In Prayer", are creating clothing for poor children around the globe. When the group formed in 2008, the goal was a modest 1,000 units of clothing. Since then, they have surpassed 20,000.

According to volunteer Nelda Broom, the ladies are proud of their accomplishment.

“The interest just grew, so it's really been amazing that the clothing has gone to as many places as they've gone," said Broom, who adds that clothing has been shipped to places including Uganda and Nepal.

“I had been sewing for a long, long time and I quit for a long, long time. Then I heard about this ministry, I joined it and I've just really enjoyed it,” Delores Applewhite said.

How dedicated are they - some even wear thimble earrings. Susan Plue is 90 years young, and says she's found a new love. 

“I just do what I can do. So this is probably the most rewarding thing that I can do. So i just enjoy it," said Plue. 

Some of the younger members of the group say they're called to participate because of duties back at home.

“I started sewing because I had two babies at home," Cissy Orman explained. "I wanted to learn, and then I found out that I loved it, so I started sewing for them and all the children.” 

For many of the volunteers, the compassion was something they learned a long time ago.

“The mission has been one of my biggest emphasis since I was real little. My mother encouraged us to always do more for others than we do four ourselves," said Dora Roeder. 

Hemmed in Prayer meets every third Tuesday of the month at the First Baptist Church in Pascagoula. Material and sewing equipment donations may be dropped off at the church. 

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