Belgrade grandmother sews for foster and adopted children

6:19 PM, Sep 9, 2010   |    comments
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BELGRADE, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Foster kids often have very little they can call their own. But thanks to the generousity of a grandmother in Belgrade, little girls who live in foster care, in adoptive homes, or with their grandparents have brand new dresses made just for them.

Mary Lake was a foster parent for 27 years, while raising 4 kids of her own. 4 years ago, she decided she was getting too old to be a foster parent, and instead, started sewing dresses for her grandchildren.

Her grandmother had given her an antique Singer sewing machine years ago. She didn't use it much when she was bringing up her own kids, but found once she started sewing for her grandchildren, she couldn't stop.

Her grandchildren didn't need that many dresses, so she started giving them away. Now, she sends boxes and bags of them to Adoptive and Foster Families of Maine. The organization then gives them to children.

Lake says she only sews dresses, but when she goes fabric shopping, she also looks for deals on boys' clothes.


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