Girls As Pearls in Winston-Salem is making dresses to send to orphanages in Africa.


Winston-Salem, N.C. -- A girls mentoring group is on track to making hundreds of dresses for girls in Africa.

The Girls As Pearls group plans to have the boxes delivered to different African orphanages by June of 2014.

The group consists of young ladies who attend Mineral Springs Elementary, Mineral Springs Middle, Parkland and Mount Tabor High Schools in Winston-Salem.

Ellen T. Carter, who is one of the twelve founders of Swing Phi Swing Social Fellowship Inc. was instrumental in establishing the Girls As Pearls group.

Carter told WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain, the mentoring club focuses on self-improvement, etiquette and volunteerism.

Monday on the Good Morning Show, some of the girls explained how their participation in the group has changed their lives.

"When I first started with this, I was quiet and I feel like the group has helped me come out of my shell," explained one student.

The group began the Dresses to Africa project early 2014 and by the end of April, they counted more than 100 dresses that are ready to send.

You can help the Girls As Pearls make even more dresses for girls in Africa by donating new or gently used pillow cases.

Contact Ellen Cater at Mineral Middle Springs Middle at 336-703-6733 to find out when or where you can drop them off.

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