KOMO REPORT- A local woman stays up late into the night sewing little dresses for some of the littlest victims of AIDS in Africa.
Shirley Thomas of Normandy Park is sewing the seeds of love for little girls she'll never meet, helping the young patients, one stitch at a time.
Shirley Thompson of Normandy Park makes dresses for AIDS orphans in Africa."Every time I pick up another piece of material, I think of another little smiling girl's face," she says.
The girls are all orphans in Africa - their parents taken by AIDS.
"Both parents are gone and they live in this orphanage and they have one meal a day," says Shirley. "Life is not good for them."
She spends countless hours sewing little dresses for girls who will get little else.
"Little girls like to feel pretty," says Shirley.
The project started at a class reunion, when a woman told her about the effort. Before that, Shirley had only sewn a dress for herself every couple of years.
"She was telling me about making these dresses for the little girls in Namibia, Africa, and I said, 'I can do that.'"
Shirley has made 300 dresses already and she's working on 30 more right now. She hopes her 80-year-old fingers can sew a better life for young girls just trying to survive.
"Cover those little girl's bodies, just making them happy," she says. "Letting them know that somebody cares."