When all that is yours needs to be stored in a small locker and your wardrobe consists of one school dress, one sports outfit (worn on Friday for game day at school) and a tattered blouse and skirt for weekends receiving a new outfit from America one day is like having Christmas and your birthday all wrapped up into one!
This is what is happening this Friday when the girls from Bethel AFC orphanage will open the clothing donated by Matilda Jane. The boxes of clothing arrived early this week but “Christmas morning” needed to be delayed because of midterm exams at school. They know getting a good education is their only hope for a better tomorrow. So, regardless of how excited the girls have been to wear their new Matilda Jane clothing they know they needed to study first.
Unlike most of us in America who quickly forget what we actually got for Christmas or our birthday, these orphan girls will cherish their new “digs.” Most times these girls only get the “left overs” after they are no longer wanted by the original wearer. Not these outfits, Matilda Jane has donated brand new clothing and the first time they will be worn is when the girls of Bethel quickly run back to their room and change into their new outfit. After a brief fashion show with much laughter and smiles, the girls will return to their room and will be neatly hang up their Matilda Jane’s in their small locker and then only worn on special occasions.
Next time you are looking for clothing for your little girl check out Matilda Jane’s website (www.matildajaneclothing.com) because when you buy from them you will be also giving toward an Indian orphan girl at Bethel AFC.
Thanks to Alicia Lewis, customer care extraordinaire for Matilda Jane and TRP board member Denise Walsh for making this Friday so very special for a group of girls in India.