An Abilene resident is going out of her way to put a smile on the faces of some young girls.
Angelea Carey has been sewing for almost 90 years.
she says sewing is a part of who she is.
"I've sewed all my life, made every bit of the clothes," Carey said. "Never bought a ready made dress."
Carey has been sewing for her family for years, but now she's sewing dresses for girls she doesn't even know hundreds of miles away.
The dresses will go across the Atlantic Ocean to Africa where they will be donated to girls of all ages.
She says she was recruited by her daughter and son in law.
"They told me I needed something to do and they brought me this patter and said get busy, said Carey"
The dresses will be collected at the church of Christ in Markel as part of a mission trip.
She's made nearly 60 dresses with the same pattern, but each one is a little different.
She's uses many colors and patterns from yellow starts to colorful hearts but she says her favorite color is purple.
This is not the first time she's made dresses for girls in need. She went to Mexico for a few weeks and made dresses for girls there. Some of them have even come to visit her.
"And some of the girls have learned to sew and that's what makes you feel real good, that you've past it on to someone else," said Carey.
She says she's not planning on stopping any time soon.
"I'm going to keep working until I run out of material," said Carey.
She said about half of the fabric was donated be a friend. If you'd like to donate fabric you can drop it off at the University Place on east north 10th street.