These amazing women–Janet White, Kathie Fitch, Linda Bye and Ladauna Call–are the Stake Relief Society Presidency of the Orem, Sunset Heights Stake. My friends in Mali call women like this their “Fairy Godmothers.” They have spent the last 2 months mobilizing women in all the wards and neighborhoods in their stake to help us make Days for Girls kits. Their goal was 500 and yesterday we assembled 438 kits, with enough supplies left to finish the full 500 after a few more liners are sewn. The ladies in this neighborhood sewed more than 880 shields, 2600 liners and about 330 drawstring bags. They gathered more than 600 bars of hotel soaps, 500 pair of underwear and colorful washrags, and more than 1000 Ziploc bags. Not to mention the yards and yards of fabric many donated and the hours of time preparing and sewing.
Janet told me she timed how long it took her to make one complete kit. The tracing, cutting and sewing took 2 1/2 hours. This did not include time spent shopping, organizing, servicing her machine, or cheering others on as they did the same. Two and a half hours times 500 kits equals 1250 hours of service! Hundreds of women and their daughters helped with this project. Mormon women are amazing. They find good causes and then they go to work.
We are a part of the largest Women’s Organization in the world. I am proud every day to be associated with women and girls like these pictured below: