Allie Barton, a senior from Ada via Latta High School and a member of ECU’s Tigers Against Human Trafficking Club, says her group was just made aware of the project and plans to be helping in the coming days and years to come.
“This is really an awesome project from what I can tell. The patches on the dresses are so important, so these girls won’t be sold into slavery,” said Barton. “It’s a way we can help those that are trafficked around the world.”
Barton says her club plans to help in the remaining days with ironing the dresses or any other duties that are needed.
Lessa Estrada, a junior retail merchandising major from Seminole who is working on the project, appreciates the country she lives in and what she has been blessed with. Because of those blessings, her desire is to help others.
“I work two jobs, one during the week and the other on the weekend. Sometimes things get rough and sometimes you feel like you don’t have enough,” Estrada said. “But these girls don’t have anything. They depend on us. With the dresses and the little tag (label or patch), it makes them more secure and lets the men know (who are trying to abduct them) that they’re taken and belong to someone.”
Long says these dresses don’t replace the clothing these girls already have.
“It’s just an add-on to what they already have,” said Long.
Following spring break, the class will spend one more week on the project before sending them off to Hope 4 Women International, which is sponsoring “Dress a Girl Around the World." That group will distribute the dresses where needed around the world.
For more information, to make dresses in your area or to donate to the project contact Long at 580-559-5361 or via email at email@example.com.